Tom Wolf’s Severance Tax Obsession Threatens PA Economy

Inexhaustible Natural GasAlexander Stevens
Policy Analyst
Institute for Energy Research
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[Editor’s Note: Tom Wolf is a spoiled trust-funder obsessed with the fact he can’t just dictate a severance tax be imposed on Pennsylvanians at his will.]

Over the past week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has once again promoted the idea of levying a severance tax on the natural gas industry in order to fund workforce development programs and employment assistance to help the state’s economy recover in the wake of the COVID pandemic.

If the goal is economic recovery, then the governor should not be targeting one of the Commonwealth’s primary sources of economic growth with a severance tax. Pennsylvania is the second largest producer of natural gas in the United States, having produced 6.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2019. According to a 2017 study from API, the U.S. natural gas and oil industry supported 322,600 jobs in the state and contributed $44.46 billion to the state’s economy in 2015.

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Shale Gas News – February 6, 2021

Shale Gas NewsBill 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 emissions, pipeline projects, lower-carbon future 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 we bring you part two of the interview we had with Tom Murphy, Director of MCOR..

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Think About Energy: President Biden’s First 100 Days

Camp FreedomNatalie DeCario
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

February’s free monthly Think About Energy webinar will focus on the first 100 days of the Biden Administration and their plan moving forward.

As we roll into a new year, we know that few things remain unchanged. A new administration, economic recovery from a global pandemic, and ever-changing policies that impact our workforce, industry, and environment are only a few examples of the challenges the nation is facing.

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Bulk Power System Threatened by China Tampering Under Biden

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[Editor’s Note: Joe Biden appears to be laying the groundwork for a sellout of our bulk power system (electrical grid) security to Communist China.]

In President Biden’s executive order revoking the international permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, several climate and energy-focused executive orders by the Trump administration were also revoked. It suspended for 90 days Trump’s “Executive Order 13920 of May 1, 2020 (Securing the United States Bulk-Power System). The Trump order sought to ban, replace, and set new criteria on bulk-power system electric equipment coming from a foreign country or national that poses a national security threat.

According to Biden’s executive order, the fate of the executive order and America’s bulk power system will be determined jointly by Biden’s Secretary of Energy and his Director of the Office of Management and Budget. It is up to these two political appointees to recommend whether a replacement order should be issued.

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OGI, Optical Gas Imaging, Offers High-Tech Tool for Leak Detection

George Stark
Director, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

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[Editor’s Note: Methane leak reduction is a priority for Cabot Oil & Gas and the company uses an OGI camera to detect and eliminate those leaks.]

Have you ever wondered how gas leaks are detected while in the field? We rely on the use of an innovative thermal imaging technology called optical gas imaging (OGI) to view gases invisible to the naked eye such as such as methane (CH4), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), carbon dioxide (CO2), and refrigerants. As OGI cameras are used in our routine processes, we are able to detect leaks safely and quickly, allowing for timely repairs to prevent damage.

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Paris Climate Agreement Being Rejoined to Detriment of United States

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[Editor’s Note: The Paris Climate Agreement is a virtue signaling exercise wrapped in anti-Americanism and global corporatism, so we rejoined, of course.]

Former President Trump withdrew the United States officially from the Paris Climate Agreement on November 4, 2020, having claimed in 2017 it would cost the country $3 trillion in GDP and 6.5 million jobs. On his first day in office, President Biden signed an executive order to rejoin the agreement, in line with his campaign pledge to make the nation carbon-neutral by 2050 irrespective of cost. It takes 30 days after Biden gives notice to the United Nations for the United States to officially rejoin the agreement. It is indicative of the agreement’s shortcomings that it stipulates that no nation can leave for three years after signing, and requires another year after that to actually withdraw, yet allows re-entry just 30 days after notifying the U.N.

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Shale Gas News – January 30, 2021

Shale Gas NewsBill 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 electric fracking, Biden frack ban, Shell Cracker 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 guests, we had Stephanie Catarino Wissman, Executive Director, API-PA and Tom Murphy, Director of MCOR.

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President Xiden Pushes Green Agenda at Expense of Families Everywhere

Vic Furman - American PrideVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner, Shale Gas Activist

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[Editor’s Note: Victor Furman takes a look at President Xiden, his new green deal agenda and the terrible impact on families here and abroad.]

You may have heard the news that China-compromised Joe Biden (a/k/a President Xiden) announced he will be converting all 650,000 federally owned vehicles from fossil fuels to electric. This is to appease his green base and we can expect the cost to be $45 billion or so (650,000 X average replacement cost of $70,000). But, hey… your share of the national deficit right now stands at a mere $86,000, so what’s another tax increase at this pointless time in history.

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Down to Earth Means Lifting An Economy Spurred by Natural Gas

Shale Gas NewsBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

[Editor’s Note: Down to Earth is a company; a contractor benefitting from the shale revolution and helping it along with its supply chain services.]

This month’s contractor spotlight shines on Down to Earth Equipment Rentals. We started working with them almost as soon as we arrived in Susquehanna County. Now, we’re counting 12 years of growing and evolving together.

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Carbon Dioxide Emissions Fell 7% Globally in 2020

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[Editor’s Note: Global carbon dioxide emissions declined 7% globally last year and it wasn’t just COVID. So, why the panic and why is China going fossil?]

Due mainly to the lockdowns from the coronavirus pandemic, carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have declined by 7 percent globally in 2020, while U.S. carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have declined more—by 10.3 percent—to the lowest level since 1990, three decades ago. Despite China’s carbon dioxide emissions falling during the first 4 months of 2020, they are expected to have increased as the country had an increase in its GDP of 2.3 percent in 2020, according to its National Bureau of Statistics—the only major economy to have its economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The International Energy Agency’s Birol agrees with this expected increase in China’s carbon dioxide emissions in 2020.

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