Green Fibs and Red Lies Pervade Our Energy Debates Today

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Our energy debate and much of what passes for environmentalism today consists of green fibs and red lies told by special interest activists.

Moralists have debated the “white lie” for centuries. Is a lie ever justified? Well, certainly not if the person to whom we are speaking is entitled to the truth. Yet, lying is all around us. It is routinely used to pursue what liars suppose are just ends warranting deceitful means. We see this in spades among fractivists, global warmists and hysterical environmental doomsayers of all sorts. Green fibs and red lies abound, in fact.

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Carbon Fanatics Come for Our Burgers and Beer, But…

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Nick Deiuliis offers some extremely prudent advice on reducing our carbon footprint and saving the planet from ourselves.

We are big fans of Nick Deiuliis here at NaturalGasNOW. He is a chemical engineer, attorney and CEO of CNX Resources Corporation. More importantly, he is a life-long resident of Western Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh area, having come from a family of Italian immigrants with the men of his family working in the mines, mills, and railroads of the region. He is as real as it gets and tells it like it ism as they say. It’s incredibly rare these days to find a corporate executive who remembers from whence he came and isn’t caving to the latest fashion in political correctness, but Nick is that sort of fellow and he has written a book and has his own blog where he dispenses a lot of common sense, especially when it comes to carbon.

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Northern Access Pipeline Gives Cuomo Kick in the Teeth

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals just gave the Northern Access Pipeline what it needs; a good kick in the teeth to Andrew Cuomo.

There is still some rule of law left in this country and, strangely, it’s to be found in New York with a wonderful decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that just gave the Northern Access Pipeline precisely what it needs to move ahead and build the darned thing. It’s been a long road, to be sure, but the Northern Access Pipeline gang showed their grit and keen understanding of what it takes to defeat the corrupt thug leading the Empire State these days. The court accused them of flim-flamming DEC, but no matter because it agreed their position was ultimately correct and DEC flim-flammed, after all, but it was Andrew Cuomo doing it, not them. The Northern Access Pipeline folks know that, too.

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Mariner East Opponents Have Gone Home, But ET Is Still Here Helping

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Mariner East Opponents played the demagogue and got a lot of press but they’re now gone and ET is still out there supporting communities.

Funny how it works, isn’t it, When someone is building something, the opponents, and politicians temporarily grafting their careers onto the cause, show up to seize the limelight and command the pulpit. When the battle is over, though, the opponents and pols move on to new causes and the builder becomes part of the community. Mariner East opponents serve to demonstrate. The pipeline is built and they’re suddenly nowhere to be found, but Energy Transfer, ET for short, didn’t go home. It has become an integral element of the  community, helping communities by spending money on them. Moreover, it is ET’s money, unlike other people’s money the pols are always spending.

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PULSE Project Proves Pennsylvania Governor Is PC and Not Much Else

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Tom Wolf’s PULSE project is yet another exercise in futility by a politically correct governor only interested in green virtue signaling.

Gene Yaw gets it. He serves the Williamsport area as State Senator and I was privileged, a few years ago, to spend time with him as he showed off Penn College, which is his pride and joy. A self-described ‘motorhead,’ he is a fabulous advocate of rural America, the trades and natural gas development. He’s also plain-spoken and direct, which I admire, and he’s written a nice rebuttal to our trust-funder governor’s latest attempt at PC politics. Tom Wolf is apparently still straining to impressing his peers from The Hill School with his virtues and his PULSE project is yet another example. But, as Gene Yaw explains, it makes no sense, green or otherwise.

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“Frackalachia” Report Was Heinz Family Politics, Not Science

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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“Frackalachia,” a report enabled by the Heinz family, paints a false picture of fracking to advance the family’s elite special interests.

A recent report from an entity labeling itself as the Ohio River Valley Initiative erroneously diminished Pennsylvania’s huge shale success, even suggesting it was a “resource curse.” The report, titled “The Natural Gas Fracking Boom and Appalachia’s Lost Economic Decade” focuses on the economies of 22 counties, artificially labeled as “Frackalachia.”

The uninformed argument contends, while gross domestic product may have soared in the shale counties of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, these areas suffered in terms of personal income. Really? Well, no.

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Subsidies for Renewables Are About Green Money, Not Green Energy

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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[Editor’s Note: Subsidies, subsidies and more subsidies, 40 years worth, aren’t about green energy as much as more green for wealthy hedge-funders.]

Green government rent—green eggs and scam—is one of the biggest examples today of political corruption in our society, which has become pervasive. It is a case of massive subsidies to finance hedge-fun billionaire schemes at the expense of the rest of us. Our friend, Mark Mathis, at the Clear Energy Alliance, has produced yet another powerful video explaining it all.

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Roughneck Art and Photography Provides A Window Into the Industry

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Roughneck art takes the form of paintings, photos and graphic illustrations and much of it is simply spectacular!

Well, we did roughneck music. Now, how about roughneck art to celebrate #WorldShaleEnergyDay? We’ve got it covered. There is tremendous imagery out there to depict the industry

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