Blue Collar Workers Sustain Our Life in Every Way As Greens Whine

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Blue collar workers are getting it done during our health crisis, supplying critical goods and services that demonstrate what is true sustainability.

Sustainability is one of the misused words in our current lexicon. It has been employed by planners like myself over the years in the most negative way possible as an excuse to limit, rather than a foundation for doing. It has pushed people together on the theory this is what we must do to preserve open space. It has favored types of development that are unnatural to preserve the natural. It has rewarded green schemes and punished blue collar industries such as oil and gas. It has made saints out of “keepers” and sinners out of “doers,” but now we are seeing the truth. It is blue collar workers who are sustaining every part of our life that is essential.

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Energy Security Matters, As It Turns Out, And Fracking Is Key

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Energy security is everything, as the Wuhan Virus is showing. Borders matters for health. We must be economically self-sufficient and fracking allows it.

The Wuhan COVID-19 virus has demonstrated so many things as I wrote here two weeks ago, but the big one is borders. When President Trump halted travel from China when it became clear the Wuhan virus threatened more than Wuhan, there were howls of protest from Joe Biden and others. When he did the same withe EU, the howls grew louder. But, the President was exactly correct as it turns out. Borders matter in a huge way. We need the ability to keep other people out at times and even Rhode Island is learning that it seems. But, borders are only meaningful if you can afford, by your self-sufficiency, to keep others out and energy security secured by fracking is the key.

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The Wolfman Threatens Pennsylvania Sheep with Poor Choices

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania’s governor, seems to be doing everything he can to destroy its economy the last few days. What’s wrong with the Wolfman?

Governor Tom Wolf has now shut in a good part of Pennsylvania. That includes Wayne County where I live despite it having a mere six Wuhan (COVID-19) virus cases and no deaths, the same as it had the day before he shut us in and shut us down. Simultaneously, he vetoed HB 1100, the bipartisan package of economic revitalization bills endorsed by both industry and labor that would have cost nothing in terms of current revenues. But, he said he’d spend $50 million of our money on the Wuhan virus on top of the $2.2 trillion just printed by Congress. You figure it out, but it looks to me as if the Wolfman views Pennsylvanians as sheep.

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Pennsylvania Manufacturers Show Why HB 1100 Is So Important Now

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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The Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association has put the numbers together and HB 1100 would be great tool to rebound from the COVID virus. Will Wolf veto it?

The HB 1100 legislative package is on Tom Wolf’s desk. It would be a fabulous tool for helping the Commonwealth bounce back from the Wuhan COVID virus, but he’s threatened a veto despite overwhelming support in the legislature. Will he do it? Who knows? If he does, though, the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association says he’ll be throwing away an opportunity to secure almost a billion dollars of new investment at two new manufacturing plants that could, altogether, stimulate the creation of 1,017 jobs, $119.1 million in labor income, $185.7 million in value added and $524.5 million in total economic output every year.

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National Grid Makes the Case for NESE, Again, with Emphasis

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Yes, NESE is very much alive, and National Grid has assembled one heck of case for it with a new report that lays the groundwork for state approvals.

Last month, I noted that “If you NESE was dead and all we’d ever see is a corpse on the New Jersey shore, you were wrong. The project is very much alive and again in front of NJ-DEP.” Now, we learn it’s very alive in New York as well. National Grid, the New York metro area gas utility, is conducting virtual hearings, in fact, to generate public input that can be submitted to the state’s Public Service Commission. It has also produced a lengthy report documenting why the NESE pipeline project is undeniably necessary unless you’re a true denier of green giant proportions.

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Pennsylvania’s Gas Region Is Still Open for Business, Thank You!

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Much of the Commonwealth is shut down, but Pennsylvania’s shale region is still humming with business, activity and charity due to the natural gas industry.

There is an interesting article in the Philadelphia Inquirer today about you know what. The title? “‘It’s Going to Hurt’: Struggling Pa. Towns Brace for Financial Gut Punch from the Coronavirus.” Well, that may very well be true, but focusing on the negative doesn’t help. Moreover, there is one area of the Keystone State that’s still operating to a large extent and it’s the Pennsylvania’s gas region. Call it the Keystone of the Keystone State.

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Oil and Gas Music from the Heartland: Rural America

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Oil and gas music is a thing, believe it or not, and it captures the very real practical culture of the oil and gas industry, which is thoroughly American.

I’m convinced one of the reasons the gentry class hates oil and gas, in addition to their own special interests, is that it is a bourgeois industry, run, from top to bottom, by commoners who care not a whit about trendy causes or making impressions. They’re simply focused on getting the job done and doing something incredibly practical and useful. They’re doers, not dreamers, though they have dreams, too. It’s just that their dreams are realizable, not fanciful. Oil and gas is heartland stuff and it comes with a culture all of its own, which includes oil and gas music.

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Google Serving As NRDC Outlet to Promote Fracking Falsehoods

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Google, the supposedly neutral unbiased search engine, and green scammer, is feeding us all trash from the NRDC, with which it has always been allied.

The fact Google is a green scammer itself is fairly well known. It took taxpayers for quite the ride with its Ivanpah bird-frying boondoggle. Readers may also recall Google has funded both the Natural resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Responsible Drilling Alliance. What you may know, though, is that Google is giving you biased ideological trash when you seek a simple list of sites on the subject of “fracking.” Moreover, it is steering you to the NRDC. How coincidental!

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