How to Solve the California Electricity Problem: Try Natural Gas!

Tom Tanton
President, T 2 & Associates


California has an electricity problem and there are many to blame but the solution in front of all eyes is natural gas as an alternative source of heat.

I sit here at my computer this morning after suffering through the latest “PSPS” (public safety power shutoff), which left me without electricity a total of ten full days in October.  Kind of ironic given my 45+ years in energy policy–and frustrating too since this is less an Act of God than an Act of Man–or Government.

I understand the need to reduce fire risk in California’s hot dry climate where utilities (such as PG&E) need to de-energize power lines lest they spark when blown down or branches fall on them.  But there’s got to be a better way than leaving literally millions in the dark for days, only to get maybe six hours of power before losing it again for 2–3 days.

As an Indian friend said half in jest “If I’d known it was going to be like this, I’d have stayed in Delhi.”

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Middle East Turmoil Continues and We Barely Notice: Thank Fracking

Daniel B. Markind, Esq.
Flaster Greenberg PC


Middle East turmoil never seems to end, but one part of it has concluded thanks to fracking: the impacts on Americans who are now independent of it.

Last week, the governments of both Lebanon and Iraq resigned. Seemingly organically, large protests erupted in both countries cutting across the ethnic divide. In each case, the protesters demanded change to the static political environment.

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Wind Turbine Disposal Issue Shows There’s No Free Renewables Lunch


Shocker! Getting rid of an old wind turbine is proving to be quite an issue and a high expense, showing renewables are neither free nor especially green.

In Minnesota, Xcel Energy estimates conservatively that it will cost $532,000 (in 2019 dollars) to decommission each of its wind turbines—a total cost of $71 million to decommission the 134 turbines in operation at its Noble facility. Decommissioning the Palmer’s Creek Wind facility in Chippewa County, Minnesota, is estimated to cost $7,385,822 for decommissioning the 18 wind turbines operating at that site, for a cost of $410,000 per turbine.

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Shale Gas News – November 2, 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 our Democrats spark a fracking boom, Nord Stream 2, natural gas exports 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 Matt Henderson, President of Henderson Consulting Services talking about the Midstream PA Conference 2019.

In this week’s Shale Directories meet a member segment we were joined by Dave Zimmerman, CEO of Zimmerman Steel & Supply Co.

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Moxie Energy CEO Aaron Samson, Gas Industry Titan, Dies in Accident

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


Moxie Energy CEO, Aaron Samson, an innovator, a natural gas leader and a communitarian and marvelous example of human kindness, dies in a tragic accident.

This one really hurts. A true titan in our industry and all-around superb individual, Aaron T. Samson, died on Oct. 20 at age 59 following a freak accident. Samson was CEO of Moxie Energy, a company we’ve written plenty about over the years. Moxie has built a number of Marcellus-fired power plants in Pennsylvania. Aaron was personally, using his own hands, building a house for a close friend (at no cost) in Michigan when he fell, injuring himself, ultimately resulting in his death.

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Offshore Wind, The Green Energy Scam for All Time

global warmingPaul Driessen
Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow


Offshore wind is a major scam. It makes no economic sense whatsoever, requires massive support infrastructure, disturbs oceans and accomplishes little.

Can anti-fossil fuel policies based on climate crisis alarmism possibly get any more insane than this?

In what might be described as a pre-Halloween trick of ginormous proportions,   he assures us. That’s well above the current global demand of 23,000 terawatt hours, Birol and a new IEA report say.

“Offshore wind currently provides just 0.3% of global power generation,” IEA executive director Fatih Birol noted. But “wind farms” constructed closer than 37 miles from coastlines around the world, where waters are less than 60 meters (197 feet) deep, could generate 36,000 terawatt-hours (36 million gigawatt-hours or 36 billion megawatt-hours) of electricity a year, he assures us. That’s well above the current global demand of 23,000 terawatt hours, Birol and a new IEA report say.

In fact, the potential for offshore wind energy is so great, the IEA asserts, that 20 years from now the industry will be 15 times bigger than in 2019 – and will attract $1 trillion a year in investments (riding the coat tails of government mandates and subsidies). The boom will result from lower costs per megawatt, larger turbines, and technological developments like floating platforms for turbines, says the IEA.

Wind “farms”? Like some cute, rustic Old McDonald family farm? Are you kidding me? These would be massive offshore electricity factories, with thousands, even millions, of turbines and blades towering 500-700 feet above the waves. Only a certifiable lunatic, congenital liar, complete true believer, would-be global overseer or campaign-cash-hungry politician could possibly repeat this IEA hype – or call these wind energy factories renewable, sustainable or eco-friendly.

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The Scary, Ludicrous and Simply Wrong Predictions of Neo-Malthusians

energy futuresRobert Bradley, Jr.
Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research
Principal, MasterResource: A Free-Market Energy Blog



Neo-Malthusians have wrecked havoc with environmental and energy policies. The failure of their outrageous predictions to come true has only emboldened them.

Are free-market optimists the dumb ones who jump off tall buildings and report that everything is fine, even breezy, on the way down? Or are those who fear, rant, and make this analogy bungee-jumping with reality?

The optimists have been jumping off buildings ever since Robert Thomas Malthus’s An Essay on Population was published in 1798–and not hitting the ground. More specifically, many in the Julian Simon camp have been jumping in regard to a variety of minerals ever since the 1960s and 1970s when Paul Ehrlich, The Club of Rome, etc. proclaimed the end was in sight.

Just maybe the doomslayers are well grounded with their trust in private property rights and the market process, including “creative destruction” where the better can replace the good. And maybe the neo-Malthusians are lost in a Haunted House with their (feel-good?) fears are joined by dreams of righting under-regulated, under-regimented humankind.

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Rep. Tobash Says the Trades Are Where It’s at Today in Education!

think about energyRick Hiduk
Managing Editor of


Rep. Mike Tobash came to Susquehanna County the other day to extol the value of education in the trades and offer some fresh ideas on the subject.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation is a major contributor to trades-based education, steering thousands of dollars per year to career and technology centers (CTCs) across the state via Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) funds. The school’s can use the money to pay for tools and uniforms for student supplies, as well as for testing and trades certifications.

Among the recipients of Cabot’s earmarked EITC in recent years have been the Schuylkill Technology Center near Frackville and the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center (SCCTC), a short drive from Cabot’s headquarters near Montrose. At an event in Schuylkill County at which Cabot was supporting first responders, Cabot external affairs manager Bill desRosiers met Rep. Mike Tobash, who serves parts of Dauphin and Schuylkill counties and also serves as the chair of the state’s Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness.

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First Responders Find Dedicated Partners Among Gas Companies

think about energyRick Hiduk
Managing Editor of


Monday, the 28th, was National First Responders Day and Rick Hiduk reflects on the tremendous assistance gas companies have provided for emergency service.

When natural gas exploration began in the Endless Mountains a decade ago, the first thing that first responders noticed – especially those who coordinate emergency vehicles – was an increase in truck traffic. Next came the construction of gas pads and compressor stations in remote places. The potential for an industrial accident and increasing vehicle collisions loomed large for rural fire companies not used to dealing with such situations.

Presidents of fire and ambulance companies throughout Susquehanna and Wyoming counties, as well as their officers, insist that their concerns were not only addressed by gas industry representatives, but that they are now better equipped and better prepared to deal with a variety of emergency situations, including non-industry-related incidents in their respective communities.

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New York Out-of-Touch on Transportation and Climate Initiative

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

Two New York State agencies are pushing a new “Transportation and Climate Initiative” without listening to anyone who disagrees with their mission and views.

On October 28, 2019, I attended the Buffalo NYS Public Participation Workshop on Regional Approaches to Climate and Transportation.  As I promised previously, this post describes the meeting. [Also available here.]

My over-whelming impression of this meeting is that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Department of Transportation (DOT) staff supporting the effort to develop a low-carbon transportation future believe that their public stakeholder process represents the will of the people.  I disagree with this characterization because my definition of “public” refers to society as a whole.  This stakeholder process has been confined to a limited and biased subset of the people based on my attendance at three meetings.  Please consider submitting a comment asking for costs which I think is the primary concern of the “public.”

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