Broome County Solar Farm A Rebuke of New York Energy Policy

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The Broome County Solar Farm is operating and the energy produced, compared to predictions, illustrates the futility of powering New York with solar energy.

Vic Furman, who frequently guest posts here, has been challenging the wisdom of the Broome County solar farm from the beginning. Recently, the facility have been operating for some time, he decided to file a Freedom of Information request for the operating statistics. The County fulfilled his request and it shows the absolute futility of Governor Cuomo’s plans to power the Empire State with solar and wind.

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Coal to Natural Gas CO2 Emission Reductions Key to Climate Stabilization

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Shifting from coal to natural gas in power plant operations is a key strategy for reducing CO2 emissions and stabilizing the climate, says new study.

A new study published in a journal called Nature Climate Change says reducing CO2 emissions via a shift from coal to natural gas power plants is key strategy to climate stabilization. That’s nothing new from our perspective but fractivists have always excused themselves from this reality by claiming methane leakages offset any CO2 emissions reduction gains. The neat part of this study is that the authors assumed the methane leakage issue at the outset and were somewhat surprised to find the case for a coal to natural gas shift was greater than they initially suspected.

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Leisure Class Environmentalists Are Too Often Just Selfish NIMBYs

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Leisure class environmentalists are the bane of true environmentalism or, as I prefer to call it, conservation. It is nothing but selfish NIMBYism.

I first became aware of leisure class environmentalists many years ago, not long after I won an “Environmentalist of the Year” award from a local Audubon Society chapter. I started noticing many of the folks advancing supposed environmental causes were, more often than not, wealthier than the average bear, and more interested in stopping things anything near them that might interfere with their leisure activities than truly protecting the environment. It was all about fighting this or that to the death for purely selfish  reasons and never about improving a project.

It was all a bit of a revelation to me at the time, but in December, 1977, Harper’s Magazine, carried an article, titled “Environmentalism and the Leisure Class” (sub-title: “Protecting Birds, Fishes and, Above All, Social Privilege”). This piece is a must read for anyone wanting to understand leisure class environmentalists. More recently, though, one of our readers has provided another great example. It’s a fractivist group I wrote about just a couple of days ago – Otsego 2000. It was against wind energy before it was for it as an alternative to natural gas, but is it really for it? No.

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The Kirsten Gillibrand Moonshot A Political Promise to Rent Seekers

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The “Kirsten Gillibrand Moonshot” is as pure an attempt to buy the votes of government rent seekers as ever was, even by “Boss Tweed” New York standards.

New York, both city and state, produce the most wretched professional politicians imaginable. Boss Tweed to Governor Corruptocrat to Comrade de Blasio. They routinely sell their offices to the highest bidders while hiding behind demagogic rhetoric intended to lead voters to believe they’re leading the campaign against themselves and their own kind. Viewed from outside New York, it’s all so patently obviously, yet they have gotten away with it from the beginning. The “Kirsten Gillibrand Moonshot” is yet another example; an attempt to buy the votes of government rent seekers.

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Otsego 2000, Another Fake, Phony, Fraud Fractivist Outfit

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Otsego 2000 is yet another fake, phony, fraud fractivist outfit funded by gentry class special interests, with no real stake in anything but their ideology.

Monday of this week probably marked the end of the road for Otsego 2000 in its quest to fight a couple of Dominion Energy pipeline compressor stations. The full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals (most important Federal court below the Supreme Court) turned back the request of Otsego 2000 for a full court reconsideration of a decision from May of this year that went against it. Unless there is an appeal to the Supreme Court itself, it’s done. Therefore, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the decision reveal about Otsego 2000.

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Drive-by Pipeline Opponents Thwarted in Court Decision

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Drive-by pipeline opponents were knocked out in a New Jersey court of appeals decision regarding the Southern Reliability Link pipeline project.

A recent decision by the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey just rejected the appeals of drive-by pipeline opponents to stop a tiny pipeline project in Burlington, Monmouth and Ocean Counties. It amounts to a 0.68 mile long portion of a 30-mile natural gas transmission pipeline known as the Southern Reliability Link, which is intended, in part, to ensure another “Sandy” storm doesn’t leave Garden State residents stranded without natural gas. What’s interesting about this decision is the fact the court clearly grasped what it was dealing with in this instance – drive-by pipeline opponents so blinded by their ideological opposition to oil and gas they were unable to make their case.

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Renewable Generation Reality; It’s Mostly Meaningless

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Renewable generation amounts to little in the big picture and must be backed up by dispatchable energy from sources such as natural gas. That’s reality.

Yesterday, one of my favorite commenters on NaturalGasNOW, an individual who goes by “Coffeeguyzz” reacted to a very popular guest post about the realities of electric generation in Connecticut by offering this:

At this posting, 4:10 PM eastern, natgas is providing 70% of the New England electricity generation.

Wind and solar combined is LESS than 1%.

This got me thinking and digging into what’s happening in other areas of the country. What I found is that renewable electricity generation is largely a farce.

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Lynbrook, New York Gets Serious About Natural Gas Shortage

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Lynbrook, New York, is getting its act together on natural gas. They’re getting behind the Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline project with a rally!

Earlier this month I wrote about how “maddening [it was] watching New Yorkers debate how to solve their natural gas problem or, more precisely, their lack of natural gas capacity.” I said I wanted to scream ‘It’s your governor, stupid.'” Since then, though, Lynbrook, Long Island, the subject of my post, seems to gotten serious. I must say I’m impressed. They seem to now understand what must happen, although I have a few additional suggestions.

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