China Does Renewables Head Fake: Builds Energy Reserves with WuFlu

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[Editor’s Note: China let its virus loose upon the world and is now using it to build energy reserves, while pretending to be a renewables leader.]

China is considered a developing country for purposes of the Paris Accord and certain trade treatments, despite it being the second largest economy in the world. As such, China, the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, pledged to increase its greenhouse gas emissions until 2030, at which point they would begin to decrease, according to the Paris agreement. Recently, China indicated, it would be carbon free by 2060.

Despite these comments from China’s government, the country is constructing 250 gigawatts of coal-fired generating capacity—more than the entire coal fleet in the United States and adding it to the over 1,000 gigawatts of coal capacity it already has—about the size of the entire generating capacity in the United States including all technologies. And, now China is taking advantage of the low oil prices resulting from the demand destruction from the coronavirus lockdowns by building storage capacity and importing crude oil.

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Cuomo Cancels Thanksgiving: What Happens When the Police Arrive?

SecessionChris Denton
Attorney, Elmira, New York

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Attorney Chris Denton offers up a terrific question as to what will happen as a result of Andrew Cuomo’s royal edict cancelling Thanksgiving.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, acting more like a monarch than a governor, has “cancelled” large Thanksgiving gatherings by decree (Executive Order N. 202.74) effective Friday the 13th, (an auspicious date) which decreed “to further limit non-essential private residential gatherings to 10 or fewer individuals for any lawful purpose or reason”. (Apparently unlawful purposes such as riots are okay.) The old limit was 50. (Any number will, by context, be arbitrary and capricious.) The Governor recited in his decree that he issued this decree pursuant to section 29-A of Article 2B of the Executive Law by which the Legislature sought to temporarily transfer its legislative powers to the Governor.

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Methane Leaks Getting Sniffed Out with New Software!

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

 

[Editor’s Note: Great news! New technology in the form of software promises to help identify sources of methane leaks and continue their reduction.]

Researchers with the Dept. of Energy’s (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico continue to make big oil and gas industry breakthroughs. Two weeks ago we told you about LANL’s breakthrough discovery about pressures used when fracking in the Marcellus (see DOE Marcellus Research Finds High Frack Pressure Keeps Gas Trapped). A different group of LANL researchers have discovered a way to sniff out fugitive methane leaks, perhaps cutting emissions up to 90%.

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GAOA, Funded by Oil and Gas, Is A Conservationist’s Dream!

Duggan Flanakin
Director of Policy Research, Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) and, specifically, the Land & Water Conservation Fund are possible due to oil and gas revenue.

To the surprise of most Americans, and the consternation of many in the “mainstream” media, Vice President Mike Pence highlighted the Trump Administration’s environmental record during the recent VP debate. Citing the President’s signing of the historic bill, Mr. Pence lauded the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) as “the largest investment in our public lands and public parks in 100 years.”

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Yergin and ‘The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations’

Robert Bradley, Jr.
Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research
Principal, MasterResource: A Free-Market Energy Blog
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[Editor’s Note: Daniel Yergin has written another energy tome and Bob Bradley reviews it with a critical eye, finding it quite good as a whole.]

Daniel Yergin’s tomes are fun reading and great cliff notes to the sweep of energy history. With many hundreds of energy books on my shelf, I find myself pulling down The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power (1990), The Commanding Heights (1998), and The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World (2011). I also peruse his edited/coauthored Energy Future (1979) to note Yergin’s incorrect embrace of the soft energy path when it was ‘the thing.’

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DRBC Lawsuit Update: Still Waiting on the Federal Court

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The DRBC lawsuit proceeds and the following offers a quick update and a plea to support the fight for all our mineral rights.

A number of you have asked for an update on the status of the DRBC lawsuit brought by the Wayne Land and Mineral Group, LLC. Rest assured it is very much alive, Speaking personally, I am also reasonably (caution is not typically part of my vocabulary, much to the chagrin of many friends) optimistic.

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Shale Gas News – November 21, 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 LNG Exports, offshore oil auction, Kimble Royalty 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. This week, as a guest, we had Mike Narcavage of Southwestern Energy.

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Net-Zero New England Only Possible with Natural Gas!

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Net-Zero New England is the goal and natural gas is the solution according to Obama’s former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s team.

A very interesting study just came out from a group founded by former Obama Administration Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz. The group is The Energy Futures Initiative, Inc. (EFI), which is a “nonprofit clean energy think tank dedicated to harnessing the power of innovation–both in technology and policy–to create clean energy jobs, grow economies, enhance national and global energy security, and address the imperatives of climate change.”

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Hunters Sharing the Harvest Off and Running Again to Serve Others

Bill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

Hunters Sharing the Harvest is, yet again, geared up to serve the poor with donated venison from a great program supported by the gas industry.

In our ongoing efforts to help address food insecurity in the Commonwealth, we recently donated $5,000 to Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH). For those unfamiliar, HSH serves the Commonwealth by providing donated venison from hunters to provide food assistance to those in need. The funds will be used to cover butchering costs of approximately 100 deer harvested by hunters this year. In our neck of the woods, HSH is administered by Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) and the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank.

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