Two Energy Futures, Which One Do We Want? It Should Be Obvious!

energy futuresRobert Bradley, Jr.
Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research

Free markets will deliver the best, the cleanest and the least expensive of energy futures. We forget that to our great peril as some propose naive answers.

There are two energy futures for America. One is freedom and prosperity. The other is politics, conflict, and waste. As with other goods and services, energy’s availability and affordability will depend on whether natural incentives and economic law are respected or hampered by government policy.

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Jerry Brown Unwittingly Reveals Problem with Today’s Environmentalism

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Jerry Brown couldn’t be elected to anything anywhere but in California but he has performed a service revealing what’s wrong with environmentalism today.

Jerry Brown didn’t get the title Governor Moonbeam for nothing. A flaky child of privilege, he virtually defines the modern trust-funder. He presents himself as some sort of exhibitionist in existentialism, floating on air between elected offices where he can he pontificate on this or that from the perspective of having never really worked at anything but having a sufficiently sad face to prove he cares.

When it comes right down to it, though, he’s just another humorless condescending member of the gentry class trying to prove his worth by dumping on others. It’s rural folks in his latest iteration and it serves to demonstrate so much of what is wrong with environmentalism.

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Where There Are Eagles the Spirit of Liberty to Fight DRBC Tyranny Lives

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

As 2018 winds down, a case proceeds in Federal court to rescue Upper Delaware landowners from DRBC tryranny and takings. The spirit of the eagle lives!

The American Bald Eagle is the stern symbol of liberty, the spirit of resistance to tyranny. And, there are American Bald Eagles everywhere in the Upper Delaware Valley, where a special brand of tyranny—DRBC tyranny—has been temporarily imposed at the behest of an East Coast gentry class and its all too infamous shills. Those eagles include not only those of the Haliaeetus leucocephalus species, but also those falling into the class of Liber homines; the free men and women determined to fight this DRBC tyranny.

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Colorado Fracking Votes Uphold Property Rights

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Two interesting Colorado fracking votes indicate support for property rights and opposition to extremist regulations that amount to regulatory takings.

Yesterday’s election produced some rather remarkable votes regarding Colorado fracking. The state is a significant oil and gas producer. Fractivists, though, were able to get an initiative placed on the ballot called Proposition 112 that would have gutted the industry by requiring 2,500 feet setbacks for Colorado fracking. Farm Bureau and others responded with a proposed Colorado Constitution amendment requiring compensation to landowners for regulatory takings. The former was defeated by a wide margin, but the latter came significantly closer and, undoubtedly, contributed to that defeat. This tells us how to fight back against fractivists; by appealing to fairness.

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The Massive Lobbying of Special Interest Fractivist Foundations

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Natural Gas NOW

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The Institute for Energy Research is assembling invaluable documentation of the massive grass-roots lobbying by special interest fractivist foundations.

We often use this blog to repost important articles authored by our friends at the  Institute for Energy Research (IER). They put out a lot of material and it’s always well researched and presented, so we’re happy to pass along their information when it has a bearing on natural gas development. They’re now engaged, though, in a project off enormous importance that deserves special attention. It has to do with documenting what is the humongous amount of grass-roots lobbying (as the IRS defines it) by supposed charities. That lobbying by three special interest fractivist foundations has, in reality, no charitable purpose. Rather, it is aimed at fleecing taxpayers to finance a “green energy” corporatist venture in which the chief contributors are heavily invested.

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How Wealthy Foundations Are Subverting America by Buying Government

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Natural Gas NOW

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A thorough investigation of how Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer and various wealthy foundations are subverting America should send chills down everyone’s back.

A number of readers have been pointing out a report to me from the Competitive Enterprise Institute about the way wealthy foundations are effectively taking over much of state government in many places. It’s entitled “Government for Rent: How Special Interests Finance Governors to Pursue Their Climate Policy Agenda,” and is authored by Christopher C. Horner. I reviewed it when it came out and because it’s primarily about climate change policy, which is not the principal subject of this blog, I held out writing about it.

It turns out, though, there’s just too much evidence in the report to ignore: evidence of how wealthy foundations—which are a frequent subject of this blog—are not just buying influence but actually subverting government.

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Don’t Be Fooled -There’s Nothing Nice (or Smart) About the “Keep It in the Ground” Gang

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

There’s something deceitful about the “Keep It in the Ground” gang. They’re anything but the pleasant folks they appear. They’re hard-core “useful idiots.”

Two years ago, “Keep It in the Ground” activists clashed violently with law enforcement in a futile effort to shut down construction of the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. During weeks of violent #NoDAPL protests, anti-pipeline activists shot at police; pelted them with rocks, bottles, and Molotov cocktails; and burned vehicles and construction equipment.

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It’s All About American Pride and What Has Happened To It

Vic Furman - American PrideVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist

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Vic Furman talks about American pride, our natural resources and what happens when we lose faith in our values and the power of innovation and technology.

I remember.

I remember when freedom meant so much to the individual American that to speak against it would label you a communist sympathizer.

Today, I ask myself what has happened to American pride?

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Fallacious Dunce Josh Fox Goes to Planet Ithaca to Reboot

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Wayne County, Pennsylvania, Landowner

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Failed film-maker, tin ear musician and hopelessly insecure and inept, part time lousy raconteur and full time liar, Josh Fox, has come up for air.

Josh Fox has apparently temporarily abandoned the stuffed animals, coloring books and hot chocolate in his mommy basement in an apparent attempt to fund his next trivial, ego stroking adventure. 

Hoping to go to the same well once again to bilk some cash out his equally vacuous and vapid sophomoric sycophants, the bespectacled buffoon ventured to the friendly confines of Planet Ithaca to pan for gold. It was, of course, the logical place to go, being the famous Park Foundation/Cornell University lode so well known for funding any effort to steal God-given, Constitutionally guaranteed property rights from the middle/working class plebeians they and he so despise.

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The Stark Raving Mad World of Environmental Extremism

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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The world of environmental extremism is an increasingly bizarre, upside down, stark, raving mad one where any semblance of reason is thrown to the wind.

The first speech I ever gave, way back in the 1960s, as part of an Future Farmers of America (FFA) regional high school speaking contest, was about conservation. That was the sensible term used then, before the first Earth Day when a bunch of young rich kids eager to signal their virtues took over and turned it into “environmentalism.” A few years later, now out of college and married with two children, I got a local award as “Environmentalist of the Year,” in fact, though I was still thinking conservation.

Ever so gradually, over the decades, what I once saw as a worthy cause has moved so far distant from what I believed then and now, that I can no longer bear to be called one (not that anyone’s trying.) The movement is still a bunch of of spoiled young rich kids (some grown old) and “environmentalism” has become environmental extremism. It has gone stark raving mad and loses ever more credibility daily.

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