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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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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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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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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Wind Turbines Keep Spinning Out Tales of Future Viability

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: The more wind turbines spin, the more it becomes clear the energy produced is designed to deliver ever more government rent for what is green eggs and scam.]

Consumers pick the best alternatives in terms of price, quality, and convenience. The winners earn the appellation economic, the losers noneconomic.

But special political favor can reverse the verdict: the otherwise unprofitable can be made profitable and vice-versa. In the case of industrial wind turbines, government intervention—from tax credits to mandated purchases—has reversed free-market verdicts. Dilute, intermittent technology is propped up at the expense of concentrated, reliable alternatives.

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Natural Gas and It’s Dual Forms: CNG Versus LNG

George Stark
Director, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  
 

George Stark does a quick lesson on natural gas and the two ways it is delivered for use in transportation, not to mention other activities of daily life.

While you may generally know what natural gas is, you may not know how it is produced, how it is used, or how it is transported unless you are an expert working in the industry.

Natural gas is extremely important to our everyday lives because it provides a clean and efficient alternative resource to the traditional means that power our nation. Natural gas can be used in two different forms – CNG and LNG.

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Trump Energy Dominance Didn’t Happen by Chance

American
Energy Alliance

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[Editor’s Note: U.S. energy dominance began on a pre-Trump foundation but the President has led the effort since and that’s why we can now call it Trump energy dominance.]

From the Permian Basin on July 29, President Trump proudly recounted his best energy decisions and the achievements of industry that have followed. His highlights included:

  • Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement
  • Cancellation of the Clean Power Plan
  • Approval of Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines
  • Opening up of ANWR
  • Ending the moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands
  • Doubling of Permian oil and gas production
  • Increase of oil production by 3 million barrels per day
  • Achieved net energy export status
  • Topped global oil and gas production rankings

The list is so spectacular that some will wonder if the claims stand up to scrutiny.

Rest assured, they do.

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Subsidies and Who Gets Them: The Energy Industry’s Big Rent Seekers

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[Editor Comment: Wind energy has been grabbing government subsidies for decades and couldn’t survive absent this rent-seeking, which dwarfs that of the natural gas industry.]

The wind and solar industries have been lobbying Congress to extend the production tax credit and the investment tax credit during the negotiations on the coronavirus relief bills because “clean energy” employment is down due to the coronavirus pandemic. While the original purpose of the tax credits was to spur the advent of young industries, these industries are now decades old and should be able to advance without continued support from lawmakers. The tax credits should be phased out as current law intends.

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Delaware Valley Voters Are the Problem; Gov. Wolf Not So Much

Garland L. Thompson, Esq.
Journalist and Author, Philadelphia

 

[Editor’s Note: Garland Thompson says I’m too hard on Governor Wolf; that he has a problem with Delaware Valley voters who have simply forgotten their economic heritage.]

Hold on, Tom. While I understand your disappointment with Gov. Tom Wolf’s allowing the Delaware Riverkeeper and her anti-anything-to-do-with-industry friends to interfere with development of infrastructure projects in Southeast Pennsylvania, I do disagree that Wolf is a lock-step clone of New York’s Gov. Cuomo.

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