Cities, Baffled by Fracking, Are Vulnerable to Corruption and Decay

Steve Heins
Energy Consultant, Business Writer and Practical Environmentalist
“The Practical Environmentalist and Word Merchant”

 

America’s cities are showing ever more signs of corruption and it is spreading throughout the states they dominate, to the detriment of sane energy policy.

American urban areas simply can’t manage themselves. Yet, they have taken over state governments by their sheer numbers, cloistered  city dwellers with little knowledge of anything about the land governing vast swaths of it to the detriment of all those who live there. And, they govern poorly. New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle and Philadelphia long histories are emblematic of urbanization, with layers and layers of intractable corruption made possible by throngs of those who wonder no further than what government can give them. Continue reading

Delaware Riverkeeper Filing Shows DRBC Was Lying to State Reps

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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The Delaware Riverkeeper has undermined the message DRBC was sending to Pennsylvania state representatives last year. It admits there is gas!

Back in May of last year, two DRBC staffers —Stacey Mulholland, its Government Affairs Lead and one other—were running around Harrisburg from one State Representative to another falsely telling them there was no natural gas in the Delaware River basin anyway. They were doing so to try to stall Rep. Jon Fritz’s takings bill (HB 827).

I wrote about it here and Betty Sutliff later wrote to report how temperamental DRBC Executive Director Steve Tambini was about the whole thing. He didn’t like being called out for lobbying. He has all along, it seemed to us, been singing verses from the Delaware Riverkeeper a/k/a Povertykeeper songbook. He then tried to defend his position by lobbying on the basis there wasn’t any gas anyway and calling it “education.” Now, we have the proof this “education” was nothing more than lying propaganda and, ironically, this proof comes from the Delaware Riverkeeper.

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Governor Corruptocrat Sells Out Southern Tier Again with Still More Deceit

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Governor Corruptocrat, a/k/a Andrew Cuomo, is passing out other people’s money in the form of grants for pet projects while proposing to ban fracking.

Is there any more despicably demagogic politician than Governor Corruptocrat? The competition just within New York is admittedly fierce but Andrew Cuomo wins hands down. He’s now come out with a proposed permanent fracking ban that offers nothing new other than a complete surrender to the NRDC gang. Worse, it makes a deceitful claim the Southern Tier is a flowering green energy garden producing thousands of jobs that have revived its economy when nothing could be further from the truth.

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The Pillars of Your Climate Rhetoric Are Rotten and Don’t Hold Up

Stephen Heins
Energy Consultant, Business Writer and Practical Environmentalist
“The Word Merchant”

 

A recent article about reasons people deny global warming are extremist climate rhetoric that simply don’t hold up when they are examined with common sense.

The environmental activists, political lobbyists, major media, biases academics, and self-righteous foundations have spent the last 50 years using climate rhetoric to attempt to convince the world we have a climate crisis of biblical proportions. It is said large and oil companies spend “$200 million a year to control, delay, or block binding climate policy.”

While “$200 million” seems like an exaggerated number for a group of companies who rarely have the same interests on any of the contentious oil and gas issues, I would argue that billion and billions of dollars are spent by Environmental NGOs, foundations, state and Federal agencies on blocking new and upgraded oil and gas infrastructure.

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Philadelphia Gets What It Wished, But Not Exactly; Green Virtue Gone Bad

Mariner East OpponentsKurt Knaus
Spokesman

Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance

Philadelphia City Council apparently gets its wish, sort of, but loses all the jobs, the green bragging rights and the opportunity to be the next Houston.

A Chicago real estate company that builds warehouses on old industrial sites won the auction to redevelop Philadelphia Energy Solutions, likely marking the end to more than a century of refining on the 1,300-acre South Philadelphia site where over 1,100 skilled laborers once worked at peak production. Hilco Redevelopment Partners agreed to pay $240 million to acquire the site during a closed-door auction Friday, according to published reports from a U.S. Bankruptcy Court filing.

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CO2 Emissions Expected to Decline Yet Again. Thank Natural Gas.

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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CO2 emissions are expected by the Energy Information Administration to decline again for the next two years as a result of shifts to natural gas use.

The EIA is out with new projections on CO2 emissions and, once again, they show a drop in CO2 emissions, not to mention other far more important emissions, from a switch to natural gas in electricity generation and heating. This marks the continuation of the shale environmental revolution, as natural gas supplanted other fuel sources and cleaned the air.

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Energy & Blue Collar Boom: Trump Lays It Out at World Economic Forum

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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President Trump spoke to the World Economic Forum and laid out the facts of our energy and blue collar booms, dispensing with despair in favor of hope.

As another public service in our role as a natural gas news journal, we offer below President Donald J. Trump’s entire speech to the World Economic Forum this week in Davos, which was just excellent on energy, blue collar economics and living free of the despair that seems to motivate fractivists and those of like ilk. The most important parts on energy and the like are highlighted if you merely wish to just scan the speech.

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Climate Serfdom Is No Future, It’s the Road to Destruction

energy futuresRobert Bradley, Jr.
Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research
Principal, MasterResource: A Free-Market Energy Blog
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Climate serfdom is what is being proposed by those who would make us solely dependent on renewables for our energy, but that’s what some want politically.

The political world is saying “no” to policies that make energy less available, more expensive, less reliable, and more intrusive. Hyperbole of peak demand is going the way of Peak Oil as the hydrocarbon production boom creates its own demand.

Little wonder that compared to 1988 when global warming became a political issue, U.S. fossil-fuel consumption has grown 13 percent despite generous government subsidies to ethanol, wind power, and solar power.

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RGGI Ploy Earns Trust-Funder Tom Wolf Title of “Rogue Governor”

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

 

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, an outspoken defender of common sense and reason on issues of energy and the environment calls out Tom Wolf as “rogue governor” on RGGI.

The gloves are off in Harrisburg. We previously told you about Gov. Wolf’s plan to have Pennsylvania join with northeastern states in the so-called Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional alliance to slap a carbon tax on natural gas-fired electric plants.

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