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Appalachian Shale Revolution Delivers Real Growth and Great Jobs

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The Appalachian shale revolution has been an astounding event. It has lifted up a region often thought to be synonymous with poverty, creating opportunity.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has come out with an knock ’em dead report on the sheer magnitude of the Appalachian shale revolution. The boring title — “Shale gas production and labor market trends in the U.S. Marcellus-Utica region over the last decade” — distracts from the power of the data in illustrating what natural gas development has done economically for the region. It has created huge numbers of jobs in not only producing the gas, but also building the pipeline infrastructure required to deliver this clean fuel to urban consumers who save thousands of dollars annually in energy costs as a result.

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It’s An LNG World Today and Rural Americans Stand to Benefit

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The big energy news this week has been all LNG. Rural Americans are benefiting by a shale revolution positioning us to be the supplier in a LNG world.

The headlines from around the world this week in energy news this week have largely been about LNG and the increasing demand for it. This demand is putting rural Americans in the enviable position of potentially becoming the world’s supplier of the stuff.  We’re talking about gas produced in rural Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia that is going to China, Italy, Japan, Pakistan and South Korea. It’s an enormous opportunity.

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Fauxahontas Is A Delaware Indian? Well, That Explains Things.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a/k/a Fauxahontas, in her quest for perfect absurdity, now claims she has proof she’s Native American. That could explain some things.

Last year I wrote a story about two gentry class members of the US Senate from Massachusetts, Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren, now permanently tagged with the nickname of Fauxahontas has opposed every effort to bring more natural gas to Massachusetts and the rest of New England. As I stated earlier, she and Markey prefer Boston and environs rely upon Russian LNG, while they sleep comfortably in Washington DC.

Yesterday, Warren made herself look even sillier, if that was possible, by proclaiming she’s somewhere between one 256th and one 1,024th Native American. It was a predictable fiasco and ought to make Bay Staters question her judgment on matters of energy and environment, issues she puts at the top of the heap on her website.

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Will Corruptcrat Get a Crown? Could It Be His Undoing?

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Bob McManus says New York is about to crown a king, King Andrew Corruptocrat Cuomo, but could this lead to the flameout of the world’s biggest egomaniac?

Bob McManus, a writer for City Journal, just put out a superb article entitled “King Andrew I.” He points outs Andrew Corruptucrat Cuomo is almost assured of being re-elected for a thirds tern at the helm of a New York State government where he controls not only the executive branch, but also the legislature and the judiciary. Corrutocrat looks to become king in November.

McManus, in all likelihood, has it correct; Corruptocrat’s opponent is the feckless—afraid of his shadow—Mark Molinari, who is running a campaign of caution that guarantees defeat. Yet, wisdom teaches that Corruptocrat’s likely victory may well also be his undoing, as is so often the case with street-fighters.

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United States Redrawing the Global LNG Landscape

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The U.S. is increasing its natural gas liquefaction capacity by 1327% over the next five years and transforming the entire global LNG marketplace.

Natural gas from places such as Washington County, Pennsylvania will find its way across the entire world over the next five years. A new study from GlobalData reported on its GlobalTrade blog indicates the degree to which the U.S. is achieving energy dominance in the world, especially with respect to the global LNG marketplace. The numbers are striking.

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Williams, the Atlantic Sunrise Folks, Do Pipeline Environmentalism

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Williams company is leading the way on something we can rightly call pipeline environmentalism, the linking of the infrastructure to conservation.

The Williams company, of course, is a pipeline developer and operator. It also maintains an on-line newsletter/blog called PipeUp to report on the progress of activities in which the company is involved. The latest post included two stories that caught my attention. Together, they exhibit what I’d describe as a new industry discipline that can be described as pipeline environmentalism. It is the threading of conservation efforts with pipeline infrastructure development. It makes complete sense and Williams is a champion for it.

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Enough Hysteria, Madness and Mobocracy: We Need Energy Solutions

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

It’s time to put the hysteria, the madness and the mobocracy of which extreme environmentalism is a part, behind us. Its time for real energy solutions.

One of our readers wrote me yesterday to bemoan the absolute madness of so much of what counts for debate in today’s society but is really just a dangerous combination of hysteria and mobocracy. She’s completely frustrated with the way environmental extremists, aided by lazy reporters (who, without investigation, treat the former’s tactics as legitimate), have dominated the conversation. She writes:

The angry mob that is the anti-fracking pipeline resistance movement has targeted citizens, regulators, politicians and even FERC commissioners in their homes. It has bald-faced lied for years and, yet, is basically promoted as heroic by the press. Reporters are failing at their job.

She’s correct. It’s time reporters starting asking tough questions of these people and challenged them with a dose of reality. We need real energy solutions, not more nonsense from the unaccomplished and the unthinking.

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The Price of Cuomo’s Pipeline Political Correctness: “No Gas for You”

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Andrew Cuomo is a mindless demagogue. His pipeline political correctness is making ConEd tell natural gas customers they may have to say “No Gas for You.”

A reader sent me a New York Post editorial yesterday entitled “Thanks to Cuomo, Con Ed may have to stop taking new customers.” It’s an excellent piece and right to the point; Andrew Cuomo’s demagogic pipeline political correctness is taking ConEd customers to the brink. ConEd has told the New York State Public Service Commission that it “forecasts that in the near term it may be unable to meet demand from new customers on extremely cold days.” That’s nice talk for “we may have to let you freeze.”

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