Methane Emissions Dropping Like a Rock in the Appalachian Basin

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW


Methane emissions in the Appalachian Basin continue to decline to their lowest levels since 1992 even though natural gas production is up.

Methane emissions have fallen an astonishing 82% in the Appalachian Basin. At the same time, the combined oil and natural gas production in the Appalachian Basin is up 379% thanks to oil and natural gas producers implementing technology making the process more efficient.

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More on Big Green and the Big Money Behind the Big Green Curtain


Big Green, Inc. outspends industry by a very wide margin in grass-roots lobbying and gets away with it by using charitable tax status to hide the spending.

Big Green, Inc. (BGI), a project by the Institute For Research, tracks billions of dollars spent by liberal foundations supporting aggressive climate litigation, the promotion of uneconomic renewable energy sources, and burdensome regulations.

Our latest database update highlights four more foundations with combined assets exceeding $10 billion that spent nearly half of a billion dollars on climate activism between 2008 and 2016: the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Wyss Foundation, and Tides Foundation.

These powerful foundations exert their influence through thousands of grants to national and international environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club as well as seemingly local organizations such as Bold Nebraska and the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. This is done through a complex network of private foundations, pass-through public charities, and secretive donor-advised funds that serve to obscure massive international funding channels.

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Lawmakers Fiddle on Enbridge Line 5 Upgrade As Michigan Needs Pipes

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)


Michigan lawmakers are fiddling while an important pipeline project, the Enbridge Line 5 Upgrade, goes wanting. Michigan needs this infrastructure now!

Like many states, Michigan is in dire need of infrastructure upgrades.

In its 2018 Infrastructure Report Card, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Michigan a D+ and recommended “upgrading energy pipelines” among several measures to “meet future needs, avoid energy disruptions, and lower the risk of future increased energy costs.”

But the issue of how to fund necessary infrastructure upgrades is a constant source of debate for the Legislature.

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FERC Report Tells the Story as the Shale Revolution Moves Ever Forward

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


The recently released FERC State of the Markets Report, 2018″ report is an update on the progress of the shale revolution as it moves forward claiming new territory.

The highlights say it all (emphasis added):

  • Natural gas markets experienced record high demand and supply.
  • Natural gas storage fell to a multi-year low.
  • Pipeline additions helped to reduce Marcellus bottlenecks.
  • Higher average prices were seen nationally for both gas and electric markets.
  • Capacity additions were led by natural gas-fired and wind-powered generation.

Even the wind generation increases could not have occurred with natural gas backup (and subsidies from ratepayers getting natural bargains).

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Andrew Cuomo Proves What A Pathetic Governor He Really Is

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


Andrew Cuomo is clearly trying to position himself to run for President at some point, but his actions show why he’ll never go anywhere outside of New York.

Andrew Cuomo is an unusually good demagogue within New York, where city voters dominate and much of the electorate supposes electricity comes from an imaginary sun god. He’ll never make it outside of the Empire State, though. His brand of politics depends on a frightening ability to sell stupidity. His recent remarks about suing the Trump Administration over its executive order regarding water quality certification for pipelines demonstrate just how little this guy has to offer.

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Big Green, Inc. – The Sources of the Money Behind Fractivism


Fractivism is anything but grassroots. Rather, it is funded and orchestrated Big Green, Inc. and the Institute for Energy Research is documenting it all.

Last year, as readers might recall, IER launched Big Green, Inc. to began exposing the under-the-radar funders that underwrite the anti-American energy movement and its anti-fracking ballot measures, pipeline hold-ups, and “Keep It In the Ground” anti-fossil fuel advocacy that touches all fifty states.

IER is now releasing a major update that exposes new connections and tells a compelling story of money and influence working against our shared goal of a pro-American energy future.

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The Extraordinary Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

Kelsey Mulac
Cabot Oil & Gas
External Affairs, Pittsburgh

The environmental benefits of natural gas are truly extraordinary, although fractivists are loathe to admit they exist. The truth is in the numbers, though.

Did you know that natural gas is clean burning? This is good news for the atmosphere: replacing traditional dirtier energy sources with natural gas can reduce harmful emissions and lessen the nation’s carbon footprint.

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New York Climate Plans Will Have No Discernible Impact — On the Climate!

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

New York climate plans will have no discernible impact on climate. Is this why proposed legislation doesn’t attempt to quantitative global warming impacts?

In the 2019-2020 regular sessions the New York State (NYS) legislature is debating the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA). This post calculates how much this legislation will reduce global warming.

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Shale Gas News – April 20, 2019

Bill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about U.S. shale production, high paying jobs, Trump’s executive order and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown again; welcome Gem 104 as our FOURTH station! Gem 104 helps to solidify the Shale Gas News coverage in an important Marcellus region, PA’s northern tier. 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. The Shale Gas News is aired on Saturday or Sunday depending on the station.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as a guest, we had Pat Henderson, Director of Regulatory Affairs at the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

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Sen. Gene Yaw Says “Cut Them Off” If They Don’t Like Our Gas!

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


Pennsylvania Senator Gene Yaw is apparently introducing a bill to cut off the gas supply to adjoining states who don’t want to be seen as gas supporters.

Sen. Gene Yaw represents much of the Northeastern Pennsylvania gas region. Like most of us, he’s sick and tired of being lectured by the adjoining and major natural gas using states of Maryland, New Jersey and New York about the sins of fracking. Their hypocrisy on the issue is nothing less than stupendous, of course. Gene Yaw is determined to call them on it. He says he will, in fact, introduce legislation to cut them off, which is something we’ve all dreamed about, isn’t it?

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