Why So Much of the Energy Debate Is Just So Much Straw

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The data from a recent post at Today In Energy has been picked up by numerous media outlets and distorted the energy debate as to the role of renewables.

I love Today In Energy, the daily blog of the Energy Information Administration. It’s always fact-driven, unbiased and accompanied by great graphics. I check it every day, in fact, and am seldom disappointed with what I find. A recent post entitled “New electric generating capacity in 2019 will come from renewables and natural gas,” is no exception. It lays out the facts in the same crisp fashion as usual. But, there is a problem, nonetheless. It is that too many are referring to it as evidence renewables are now somehow taking over. It isn’t true.

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Heinz Invests $352,000 in Fake Damascus Citizens Group

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Damascus Citizens for Sustainability is a group of mostly New Yorkers pretending to be members of a Pennsylvania community. Heinz has given them $352,000.

Damascus, Pennsylvania is where I grew up and where my family and I still own property. My ancestors in the area go back more than 200 years. They include some of the original loggers who represented the first major natural resource industry in the region. That industry survives to this day. Sadly, it and the economic livelihood of the area is threatened today, though, by groups such as the Damascus Citizens for Sustainability.

Damascus Citizens or “DCS,” as it likes to refer to itself, is a group of mostly New York City folks who prefer to think of Damascus as their home and nobody else’s. Call them the Undocumented Damascus Citizens. They oppose natural gas development needed by real Damascus citizens to pay the bills. And, the Heinz family is financing their opposition.

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The Uneducated City People at the Heart of Fractivism

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City people are invariably at the heart of all fractivist groups. They suppose, of course, we’re uneducated hillbillies but, in truth, they’re the ignorant.

Let me confess at the outset; my title and lede are intended to be provocative. I love my city friends and relatives. Moreover, I acknowledge the way so many of the city people who’ve moved to our area have enriched it in countless ways. Yet, I cannot ignore the sheer ignorance behind so much of what is fractivism and most of it comes from city people. That’s how we always referred to them when I was growing up. It’s not a term of endearment, but it’s not an insult either. It simply reflects the deep and wide abyss between city and country life.

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The Delaware Riverkeeper Suddenly Favors State Rights?

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Throwing consistency out the door, the Delaware Riverkeeper has suddenly decided it likes state rights as long as they produce the results it desires.

The Delaware Riverkeeper has just filed an appeal with the Supreme Court that threatens to completely undo the authority of FERC to regulate pipeline construction. It does so by arguing states themselves get to determine when the times up on a strict one year limit given to states under the Natural Gas Act to decide on Water Quality Certifications under the Act. If the Supremes should take the case and agree with the Delaware Riverkeeper, it would turn that one year deadline into an endless series of challenges designed to kill any project by delay.

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Turning Gas Into Hydrogen with No Emissions; Germans Finally Get It?

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The German Energiewende has done nothing for emissions while raising electricity prices but, by turning gas into hydrogen, Germans could redeem themselves.

We’ve used a fair amount of bandwidth with this blog in exposing the German Energiewende for the virtue signaling political scam that it is, but could the Deutschland finally be getting it? Well, at least some Germans get it. They’ve invented technology with the potential to efficiently turn natural gas into hydrogen with no remissions. That would change everything.

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The Golden Age of Gas Has Arrived for the United States

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Energy Information Administration data for 2018 shows the Golden Age of Gas has truly arrived for the U.S. with production, consumption and exports all up.

What do you call a quadruple win? A “quadfecta” maybe? Well, that’s what in happened in 2018 for the natural gas industry and, especially, landowners with natural gas resources. Production was up. Consumption was up. Prices were up. Exports were up. That’s what the Energy Information Administration (EIA) tells us. The International Energy Agency, in 2012, saw it coming when it talked about a coming “Golden Age of Gas” and it’s now fully arrived in the United States.

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AOC and Green Hulk Reveal the Fractivist Playbook

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A tweet by Mark Ruffalo and cable appearance by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reveal the fractivist playbook in its entirety; feelings have no room for facts.

A faithful reader sent me a tweet from Mark Ruffalo yesterday about his visit to Washington to hob-nob with newly installed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or “AOC” as she has signaled she wants to be called now. It might as well stand for “Another Obtuse Collectivist” as far as I’m concerned. Nonetheless, she of sudden “Green New Deal” fame has done something suddenly wonderful as well. She has perfectly illustrates the fractivist playbook, as does the Green Hulk’s tweet.

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This May Be the Greatest Renewables Story Ever Told

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A recent article in NJ Spotlight may well be the greatest renewables story told and it’s narrated by a journal given to knee-jerk support of renewables.

NJ Spotlight is financed, in large part, by the William Penn Foundation and routinely carries water for Foundation shills such as the Delaware Povertykeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper. I’ve been harshly critical, in fact, of some of its reporting. Nevertheless, I think they may just published the greatest renewables story I’ve ever read. By that, I mean the article tells the unvarnished truth. Moreover, because it comes from a source given to naturally supporting the politically correct version of the renewables story, it exudes credibility.

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