Germany and It’s Green Utopian Plans Turn Into Dystopian Debacle

Inexhaustible Natural GasAlexander Stevens
Policy Analyst
Institute for Energy Research
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[Editor’s Note: The IER’s Alexander Stevens explains the implosion of the green utopia planned by Germany, a program requiring ever more corrections.]

In 2010, Germany embarked on a forty-year experiment in energy central planning in an effort to reduce the country’s carbon footprint by transitioning away from fossil fuels. The country’s energy transition, known as the Energiewende, includes greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions of 80-95 percent by 2050 (relative to 1990) and a renewable energy target of 60 percent by 2050.

Legislative support for the energy transition was passed in September of 2010. In June of 2011, in reaction to the Fukushima nuclear accident caused by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Germany’s government removed nuclear power as a source of bridging fuel as part of the energy transition. As recently as January of 2019, Germany’s plan was to abandon nuclear energy completely by 2022. In July of 2020, Germany passed legislation to end coal-fired power generation by 2038.

Last year, wind and solar energy advocates rejoiced as renewable energy’s share of Germany’s overall power supply increased by 5.4 percent to 46 percent of the total. In 2019, wind (both onshore and offshore) produced 24.6 percent of Germany’s total energy mix; nuclear produced 13.8 percent; natural gas produced 10.5 percent; solar produced 9 percent; biomass produced 8.5 percent; and hydropower plants produced 3.8 percent.

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Rockefeller Money Is Behind Everything Anti-Gas; The Question Is Why?

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Rockefeller money is behind virtually all of fractivism, pushing an anti-gas agenda that serves to protect their own very special interests.

Mike Bloomberg, a few years before his short-lived attempt to buy the Presidency, inadvertently revealed the primary reason the gentry class supports so many radical causes that are seemingly against their interests. He said “You take the money from the rich, and you give it to the poor. You do it for altruistic reasons. You do it because you don’t want the poor on your doorstep and a variety of things.”

Keeping the poor off your doorstep isn’t altruism, of course, it’s jaundiced self-interest; an uppity view that commoners need to be kept at a distance and thrown a bone regularly to avoid them storming the gates. Pretending it’s altruism is essential to not giving the game away, though, and Bloomberg stumbled into doing that. This is, in fact, the game being played today with Rockefeller money as the family funds every sort of fractivist enterprise.

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Mariner East Opponents Create A Sea of Hysteria to Paddle Through

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Mariner East opponents engaged in a stupid stunt the other day, proving they just aren’t to be taken seriously by anyone interested in facts.

The Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance has a wonderful blog exposing the the tactics of pipeline opponents and there are few pipeline opponents as irrational as Mariner East opponents. They are hysterical demagogues for the most part and, of course, they have the support of an army of fractivists funded by the Heinz Endowments and the William Penn Foundation, two gentry class outfits that play politics with tax-exempt money using shills such as the Clean Air Council and StateImpactPA. The Alliance is having none of it and we repost one of their latest blog posts below:

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Methane Madness Takes Over As EPA Restores Reason to Regulation

methaneDavid Kreutzer
Senior Economist at Institute for Energy Research

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The EPA is reversing a last minute political decision by President Obama to punish oil and gas production with duplicative methane regulation.

The recent hysteria over the EPA’s decision to pull back the Methane Rule, curiously implemented at the very end of the Obama/Biden administration, simply does not square with the numbers.  Methane emissions were declining significantly before the rule went into effect.  That is, the costly regulation was unnecessary.

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Natural Gas-Fired Generation Up 9% for First Half of 2020

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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The Energy Information Administration reports natural gas-fired generation of electric power in the U.S. for the first half of 2020 is up 9%.

The EIA is out with some stunning news about The Energy Information Administration reports natural gas-fired generation of electric power for the first half of 2020 is up 9% over the first half of 2019. It swamps the increase in renewables power generation and much of the gain is on the PJM grid, which means New Jersey, among other states, is clearly losing the battle to replace gas with renewables and needs more pipeline capacity.

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China Is the Enemy and Renewables Mean Dependency On China

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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A great report issued last month by Power the Future highlights a huge problem for green energy schemes; they depend on China, our enemy.

Power the Future is a relatively new group that describes itself as “the voice of energy workers pushing back on radical green groups and the ideologues who fund them.” They put out a report in July that does a superb job identifying a critical issue for solar and wind energy; they essentially depend on an enemy. That enemy is China, which not only gave us the WuFlu pandemic, but has funded terrorism, employed child labor, engaged in ethnic cleansing, taken over what was free Hong Kong, is building islands in the South China Sea from which to attack its neighbors and has stolen vast amounts of our wealth by making us dependent on them for pharmaceuticals, among other commodities. Now, they want to make us energy dependent on them as well.

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Carbon Madness As Joe Biden Buys Into Spending Trillions

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[Editor Comment: Carbon is Democrat Kryptonite: the element that has brought Biden and his party to their knees promising anything to save themselves from it.]

A new report, “Mobilizing for a Zero-Carbon America,” by two San Francisco-based energy researchers calls for tripling the size of the electric grid, replacing all fuel-burning machines with electric machines and investing trillions in government funding to tackle climate change—all by 2035—the date by which presumptive Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden wants to decarbonize the U.S. generating sector.

Joe Biden is calling for zeroing out the carbon dioxide emissions of the electric grid by 2035, while this report would also eliminate emissions from most of the rest of the economy, including transportation, industry and buildings by the 2035 date. That will require millions of miles of new and upgraded transmission and distribution and the electrification of 250 million vehicles, 130 million households, 6 million trucks, all of the manufacturing and industrial processes, and 5.5 million commercial buildings covering 90 billion square feet. The authors believe it would cost the government $3 trillion over 10 years and that private industry would supply another $17 trillion to $22 trillion over 20 years. The amount of copper necessary would be enormous.

The undertaking is expensive and needless. The United States has a well-functioning electric grid with capacity that could easily last decades, and resources of oil, natural gas, and coal that make the United States the envy of many, particularly China, who needs to import these fuels to supplement its own production. The enormity of the project raises one immediately question: what will be gained, particularly when China will continue to increase its emissions through 2030 according to its commitment to the Paris climate accord. Experts indicate that the United States undertaking unilateral actions would decrease temperatures by just a fraction of a degree. Many American families would most likely end up in fuel poverty. Biden’s plan alone is expected to cost families an additional $2,500 annually.

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RGGI and Carbon Tax Plan Hatched by Wolf Getting More Union Pushback

RGGIJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

Governor Tom Wolf’s green plans for Pennsylvania to join RGGI and impose a carbon tax are receiving still more trade union opposition.

Two different trade unions are asking some great questions about Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to force the state to join the so-called Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a carbon tax on coal and gas-fired electric generating plants. For example, how would a $2.36 BILLION carbon tax reduce carbon dioxide emissions any more than is already happening by the use of natural gas? PA already reduced CO2 emissions by 32% over the same time period RGGI (a coalition of liberal northeastern states) began–far more of a reduction than RGGI states have experienced!–without belonging to the RGGI tax plan.

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Livestock Auction Goes Virtual with Help from Gas Industry

think about energyRick Hiduk
Managing Editor of EndlessMtnLifestyles.com

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Cabot Oil & Gas has pitched in to make sure the Harford Fair Livestock Auction goes on as a virtual event despite cancellation of the fair.

When this year’s Harford Fair was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous youths were left without a venue to show their animals prior to selling them at auction. In response, the SusCo Youth Agricultural Foundation was formed last month to coordinate an online auction, as well as create an opportunity for the youths to safely show their livestock.
“4-H leaders, parents and community members got together and said, ‘we really need to do something for these kids,’” Foundation board secretary Cathy Bewley related. “Just when it seemed insurmountable and ‘we can’t do it,’ the community has stepped up to make it happen.”

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Shale Gas News – August 8, 2020

Bill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM, 1600 AM, 104.1 FM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about the Biden Energy Plan, PennEast Pipeline, public lands and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown again to the Williamsport area on stations WEJS 1600 AM & 104.1 FM. The Shale Gas News is now broadcasting in Bradford, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wayne Counties, as well as in greater central PA and now the Williamsport area. The Shale Gas News is aired on Saturday or Sunday depending on the station.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender, Matt Henderson and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. Last week we played commentary from the press conference held LCCC where Rep. Aaron Kaufer, State Senator John Yudichak discussed the passage of HB732 and the signing of the bill by Governor Wolf.  This week we are playing the rest of that press conference with Senator John Yudichak and Joe Gusler,  president of the Central Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades.

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