Natural Gas Now Best Picks of the Week – April 10, 2021

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy. As usual, emphasis is added.

But Suppose They Don’t Want Solar Projects in Their Backyards?

Environmental justice is, quite simply, a fraud perpetrated on the people it’s supposed to be about:

On March 29, the White House announced the 26 members of the WHEJAC — a council established by Executive Order 14008 and formed to “ensure that [the] administration’s work is informed by the insights, expertise, and lived experience of environmental justice leaders from across the nation.” The members represent diverse geographic regions and include several notable environmental justice advocates such as Dr. Robert Bullard, known as the “father of environmental justice,” who is a professor in the Department of Urban Planning & Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University; Catherine Flowers, founder, Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice; Peggy Shepard, co-founder and executive director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice; and Dr. Nicky Sheats, director, Center for Urban Environment, Thomas Edison State University.

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Jerome Foster, one of the new Council appointees

The WHEJAC, which is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is expected to advise the Council on Environmental Quality and White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council and provide recommendations on ways to update Executive Order 12898 — the executive order issued by President Clinton to address environmental justice in minority and low-income populations…

Candance Vahlsing, Associate Director for Climate, Energy, Environment, and Science, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Shalanda Baker, Deputy Director for Energy Justice, Department of Energy, discussed the Justice40 Initiative — a plan to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of climate investments to disadvantaged communities and inform equitable research, development, and deployment across the federal government. Eligible Justice40 investments include those relating to climate change, clean energy and energy efficiency, clean transit, affordable and sustainable housing, training and workforce development, remediation and reduction of legacy pollution, and development of critical clean water infrastructure. OMB is developing interim guidance for Justice 40 implementation.

Lucas Brown, U.S. Digital Service, provided an update on the Climate and Economic Justice Screening tool, a tool being developed to identify communities affected by the multiple stresses of climate change, other environmental effects, and economic and racial inequality. The U.S. Digital Service’s core value in developing the tool is to “design with users, not for them,” and it plans to include ways for environmental justice communities to self-identify in the tool’s database.

This is nothing more than a slush fund for urban constituencies and extremist special interests as solar and wind projects are forced onto poor rural communities with no regard for their justice or need for the real economic benefits natural gas development would deliver to places such as the Appalachian part of Upstate New York.

Hat Tip: R.N.

Windy City “You’re as Cold and Heartless, as Your Chilling Winds

Alison had it correct you know…

For nearly two decades, commercial wind farms have been touted in Maine as a way to generate electricity without pollution, and as a way rural locales in Maine can generate revenue for themselves by hosting turbines worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Kibby Wind Power Project; First the mountaintops are cleared and then the pocketbooks are emptied!

But several counties and towns are finding out they are getting less revenue out of the wind projects than they had expected when they were wooed in the 2000s and 2010s by developers looking to erect turbines several hundred feet tall along local remote, elevated ridgelines. In some cases, the developers are arguing that recent advancements in wind turbine technology have made newer models so efficient that older, less efficient turbines erected nearly a decade or more ago have lost much of their taxable value.

In Franklin County, Maine Revenue Services granted a tax abatement on the Kibby Wind Power project that last month forced county officials to return $187,844 in tax-increment financing, or TIF, payments to Helix Maine Wind, which owns the 44-turbine wind farm.

So, you’re saying wind never had a chance? Too bad Maine doesn’t have natural gas to develop. Of course there is some Utica Shale near Montreal and the New Brunswick shale areas are close by, so who knows? Maybe there is a chance for natural gas…

Billions and Billions in Green Eggs and Scam!

Here a list of the green rent Biden is passing out to hedge and trust funders, stealing it fom our great-great-great-great grandchildren and their childen’s children:

  • $180 billion for research and development, which is intended to advance leadership in critical technologies and upgrade the research infrastructure as well as establish the country as a leader in clean energy technology and clean energy jobs
  • $174 billion to expand the U.S. market share of plug-in electric vehicles (“EVs”) (including through rebates and tax incentives to purchase electric cars; grant and incentive programs to build a national network of 500,000 EV chargers by 2030; programs to transition transit and school buses to electric power and to electrify the federal fleet)
  • $100 billion to improve the country’s power infrastructure and shift to clean energy, including a $10 billion investment to create a Civilian Climate Corps
  • $50 billion for making the country’s infrastructure more disaster resilient, to prevent, reduce and withstand the impacts of climate change

That’s more than half a trillion dollars on green eggs and scam, if you’re counting. Criminal…absolutely criminal. We are led by an old incompetent corruptocrat captured by an extreme left determined to turn America into Venezuela in hopes of creating a new global order run by themselves.

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Hat Tip: R.N.

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2 thoughts on “Natural Gas Now Best Picks of the Week – April 10, 2021

  1. Tom,
    Looking to say bye bye to NY. Mostly to Cuomo.
    Retired and fleeing.
    If there was gas in SC, they’d be drilling. Tenn. too. Will be leaving state and gas behind. Thank you for all you do.

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    • Wish you well but how sad for NYS! Upstate is being slaughtered and intentionally so by pols such as Cuomo who give the elitist special interests whatever they want and they want an empty Upstate.

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