Rep. Jon Fritz Goes to Bat in Fight for Landowners Rights

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Rep. Jon Fritz is taking landowner rights seriously in his new role as a member of the House Appropriations Committee. He’s demanding accountability.

Pennsylvania Representative Jon Fritz (Susquehanna and Wayne Counties) is now a member of the House Appropriations Committee. This puts him in the position of being able to question members of the Wolf Administration and other elected officials. Suffice it to say he’s doing a darned good job of it. He’s standing up for landowner rights.

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The Perfect Response to the Stupendously Stupid Green New Deal

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U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy has authored a thoroughly practical alternative to the Green New Deal, which is little more than a New Power Plan for politicians.

Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana authored the perfect response to the stupendously stupid Green New Deal. Wonder of wonders, he applies common sense rather than demagoguery to the issues it’s supposed to be about. It’s a beautiful thing; so beautiful our buddy Jim Willis calls it the “Blue Real Deal.” Here it is.

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The Green New Deal: A Grand Delusion and Inhumane Abstraction

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The Green New Deal, which presupposes a mere decade to turn the world upside down, is countered by a new report appropriately titled “Transition to Reality.”

The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has just issued a very revealing report that contradicts just about every aspect of the Green New Deal, even though it doesn’t mention it. The report nicely articulates some of myriad reasons the whole is a “grand delusion.” I also ran across what is, in my mind, an even better description of the thinking behind the vague Green New Deal; the fact it is no more than an exercise in “inhumane abstraction,” the inhumane part being about the impact of such an upheaval if anyone seriously attempted to implement the deal.

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Is There A Better Way to Send Natural Gas to Boston?

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Last winter Boston ended up using Russian LNG to survive the cold because New York and New England pols killed pipelines, but there may be an alternative.

NaturalGasNOW reader, commenter and guest blogger, Mark Dye, sent me a very intriguing article recently about a LNG process called ship-to-ship transfer that could potentially serve as a work-around for getting Appalachian natural gas to Boston.

Readers will recall the scandalous delivery of Russian LNG to Boston last winter. It was necessary because a combination of New York and New England elected officials with higher offices on their minds had pandered to special interests and delayed or stopped pipelines that would have easily delivered clean, low-cost Marcellus and Utica Shale gas to keep all the Brahmin warm. Now, there may be a high-tech alternative.

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Williamsport Explorers Beat Ithaca Winers, Once Again

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Bureau of Economic Analysis data on growth in the Gross Domestic Product of Williamsport vs. Ithaca shows the former comes out on top again thanks to gas.

Eight years ago I wrote a post for Energy In Depth titled “Williamsport Explorers Beat Ithaca Winers with Walk-Off Home Run.” It was all about the fact Williamsport, Pennsylvania was, as a result of natural gas development, then growing its metropolitan gross domestic product (GDP) at a rate that blew Ithaca, New York, completely away.

It was a fair comparison as the cities are roughly the same size, but one had the fortune to be in Pennsylvania where natural gas had been allowed to prosper, while  the other was in a state then incapable of moving forward politically. These several years later, New York has now closed the door “at this time” while Williamsport continues to beat Ithaca, as well as Binghamton and, especially, Elmira.

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Revelations It Paid Dimock Shill Cause Food & Water Watch Meltdown

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You know you hit the target when the opposition squeals like a stuck pig. Food & Water Watch has taken a huge hit as its paid Dimock shill has been revealed.

If any evidence was needed that Food & Water Watch is embarrassed and frightened by the relevation that Craig Stevens has been its paid Dimock shill all along, it has been provided by Wenonah Hauter. The haughty Hauter has gone apoplectic, telling us how proud she is of Craig Steven’s contributions to fractivism while simultaneously screaming, in so many words, “how dare you, how dare you fight back to tell your side.”

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Stockholm Syndrome: Westchester Folks Ask Cuomo for Help with ConEd

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Westchester County leaders, in a perfect display of the Stockholm Syndrome, are asking Andrew Cuomo for help in dealing with a ConEd moratorium he caused.

The Stockholm Syndrome is what happens when hostages develop irrational psychological sympathies with their captors as survival strategy during captivity. This term came into use after four hostages taken during a 1973 bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden, defended their captors upon release.

We may have another instance of it in Westchester County, New York where ConEd, the local gas provider, has had to impose a moratorium on new gas connections as a direct consequence of Andrew Cuomo delaying pipeline approvals that would bring new gas to the region. Who are Westchester leaders looking to for help? None other than Andrew Cuomo!

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Mountain Valley Pipeline Opponents Learning New York Is No Model

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Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents thought New York provided the “just say no” model for how to resist pipelines but reality has delivered a bitter lesson.

Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents are scratching their heads trying, desperately, to figure out a way to stop the already begun project. Their prospects are not good. Their slim hope seems to be placed on a maneuver designed to get Virginia to revoke its water quality certification, but once again no one seems interested in the law, which would effectively prohibit this. The opponents had argued Virginia should just follow New York into never never land where the answer is simply “no” without regard to law or facts, but that hasn’t worked out so well.

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If You Thought New York City Didn’t Need Natural Gas, Think Again

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The Transco Pipeline, which connects New York City to natural gas sources, experienced its heaviest use ever in January, proving the City needs pipelines.

Nothing more is needed to understand New York City dependence on natural gas from sources between here and the Gulf than the latest news from Williams, the owner of the Transco Pipeline. We’re talking record deliveries due to the recent polar vortex. The critical nature of the Northeast Supply Enhancement project to keep the New York City metro area warm became so obvious even the Geico Caveman could see it, notwithstanding the opposition of Food & Water Watch and other gentry class shills for the anti-gas project.

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