Tax-Exempt Foundations, America’s Aristocracy, Threaten All Our Rights

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Tax-exempt foundations, the vehicles used by America’s aristocracy to exercise undue influence over our public policy, threaten our Constitutional rights.

Some 93 years ago President Calvin Coolidge, a distant relative, made a speech that captured the essence our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence that undergirds it. His Philadelphia speech on the occasion of the 150th Independence Day also explains what our nation rejected with both documents, that is to say an American aristocracy or ruling class. Yet, today, we see a ruling class that acts through tax-exempt foundations to everywhere undermine the rights of the common man in an attempt to impose its own special interest agendas.

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Independence Day Is No Time for Stupid Carbon Guilt Trips

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Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research
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Independence Day is a day to reflect on American freedom and greatness, but some of authoritarian persuasion want to make it a day to atone for carbon guilt.

Fourth of July, the national celebration of combustion, presents an opportunity for atonement…. Maybe an Independence Day meal of pan-fried potatoes and grilled peaches seems un-American. But the tradition of backyard grilling isn’t exactly Jeffersonian in pedigree.

Brian Palmer, “Fire Up the Grill, Not the Atmosphere.” New York Times, June 29, 2011.

That was the New York Times then. Here is the latest:

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Take Notice DRBC: “Sue Me” Approach to the Takings Clause Is Untenable.

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued an opinion making it easier to go to Federal court for relief under the Takings Clause. New York and the DRBC take notice.

Yesterday, I included a blurb about the new Supreme Court decision on takings in my weekly best picks short stories post. Numerous people have sent me links to news articles about the decision, realizing how important it must be. They are correct. It is very important and I need to say more about it. It’s also very interesting that the case involves a controversy in nearby Scott Township, Lackakwanna County (the Montdale area), a client with whom I worked many years ago.

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H.B. 827 Draws Phony Attack from Delaware Riverkeeper Stooge?

Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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H.B. 827, Rep Jonathan Fritz’s bill to compensate DRBC landowners for their huge losses from the taking that would result from a fracking ban, is attacked.

Former English teacher and now Rep. Wendy Ullman is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania where the average household income in 2017 was $108,848 compared to $64,598 in Wayne County where Rep. Jonathan Fritz and I live. That’s a 68% difference but she’s determined to ignore it in her opposition to Fritz’s H.B. 827. It appears she’s a stooge for the Delaware PovertyKeeper, though, so economic fairness isn’t on the agenda, if a recent opinion piece supposedly written by her is any indication. Rather, the agenda is anti-growth and strategic parkification on behalf of the gentry class financiers of the Delaware PovertyKeeper.

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Jordan Yeager and Environmental Rights Amendment Abuse Flame Out

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Jordan Yeager, and the Environmental Rights Amendment he’s apparently financed to promote, just completely flamed out with the Office of Attorney General.

Radical attorney Jordan Yeager, who frequently represents the Delaware Povertykeeper and other anti-gas shills for the Heniz Endowments and William Penn Foundation, just went down in flames on his favorite cause; promoting the Pennsylvania Environmental Rights Amendment. Once again, as happened with Todd Township, Huntingdon County, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office stepped in to lay down the law regarding the Amendment.

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The Green New Deal Has Dangerous Authoritarian Roots

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

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The Green New Deal is not only fantasy, but also dangerous politicization of what should be serious issues, contaminating everything with authoritarianism.

The Green New Deal (GND) has brought the specter of full-blown government central planning into full view. But far from hedging, the Progressive Left has doubled down by declaring war on market capitalism, not just oil and natural gas.

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UDRBC Seminar Next Week; Lawsuit, Water Quality and Legislative Update

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

 

Next Thursday, May 2, the Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens or UDRBC will be holding a seminar in Lookout, Pennsylvania to talk landowner rights and more.

Be there! The UDRBC, lead by Ned Lang and a large group of Upper Delaware River citizens frustrated with the DRBC’s unjust denial of economic opportunity to the region will be conducting an in-depth discussion of natural gas exploration and development.

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PA Chamber Hits Back at NIMBYs and Carpetbagging PovertyKeeper

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Natural Gas NOW

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The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry (PA Chamber) has filed a brief in Commonwealth Court opposing the carpetbagging Delaware PovertyKeeper.

The Delaware PovertyKeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper and its radical lawyer have been out carpetbagging in Western Pennsylvania for some time. Though their pretend mission is the Delaware River, their real assignment is to fight oil and gas everywhere and advance an Environmental Rights Amendment that would help turn much of Pennsylvania into a gentry class wilderness playground. That’s why they are way out in Western Pennsylvania, 200 milew outside the Delaware still fighting an endless case in Middlesex Township, Butler County, of all places. The PA Chamber is speaking up against this legal abuse.

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Why Most Green Energy Schemes Are Doomed to Fail

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Natural Gas NOW

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There’s a huge problem with green energy schemes that no one is talking about; they rely upon planned government activity rather than spontaneous innovation.

Almost all green energy schemes rely upon government support and/or government direction. Dogma is their foundation and coercion of one form or another is their standard operation procedure. The combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, by contrast, is a matter of spontaneous innovation; a combination of two previous innovations that together have produced the shale revolution.

This innovative combination, moreover, involves no coercion, no subsidies, no renewable portfolio standards and no mandates. It is constantly changing, improving and upgrading with no limits and no end in sight. Meanwhile, the promise of green energy delivered on its own, absent government propping it up and forcing its use, is somehow always in the future, so close we’re told, we can taste it, except that it never happens.

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Thanks to Marcellus Shale, I Now Want to Move to Susquehanna County!

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Natural Gas NOW
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A natural gas drilling rig picture appeared in my Facebook news feed today and now I am ready to move to Susquehanna County!

I usually start my day with a quick look at what is new on Facebook. Today took me by surprise. In my Facebook news feed was a picture of a natural gas drilling rig.  Who posted it and why?

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