Natural Gas Now Best Picks of the Week – July 4, 2020

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.

Usual Suspects Oppose Economic Development in Northern Tier

The pattern is always the same:

The alliance Protect Northern PA has launched a website in hopes of sharing its concerns about a liquefied natural gas plant under construction in Wyalusing Twp., which members believe could have an extensive, adverse effect.

“We hope it will accomplish raising people’s awareness of how this particular facility is about to impact their community,” said Diana Dakey, an organizer for Protect Northern PA from Dalton.

Protect Northern PA formed last year and consists of community members, environmental groups, civic organizations and local business owners. It has a core group of around 20 people.

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Its new website, protectnorthernpa.org, lets the public know of a plan from New Fortress Energy to build a multi-million dollar plant in Browntown between U.S. Route 6 and the Susquehanna River. The plant under construction seeks to convert fracked gas into 3.5 million gallons of LNG per day, then transport it by tanker truck or rail to an export terminal in Gibbstown, N.J.

“We learned that people not only in southern Bradford County, but in surrounding counties are going to be impacted by this project,” Dakey said. “I live in Lackawanna County, but I’m expected to be impacted.”

So, a project two counties away is going to impact Ms. Dakey? I don’t think so. And, she knows better, too. That’s spin, just like the term “fracked gas” from the in-the-tank reporter from the Scranton Times gang, who knows exactly what’s expected of her. No, this is another sham attack on the only reason the Wyoming County still has a newspaper; the natural gas industry. Ms. Dakey, we’re told, is an “organizer.” That’s the tipoff the usual suspects are involved and a check of Ms. Dakey’s background shows she’s on the board of PennFuture, which, like StateImpactPA, the Delaware PovertyKeeper and the Clean Air Council, are all funded by the Heinz Endowments and the William Penn Foundation to stop the natural gas development that sustains the Northern Tier Economy.

Bi-Partisan Opposition to Russian Pipeline and German Stupidity

Well, this is nice to see:

Bipartisan legislation designed to block completion of a controversial gas pipeline from Russia to Western Europe has been inserted into a new defense policy bill.

President Trump has repeatedly criticized the project in his interaction with NATO allies, particularly Germany.

The legislation added to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021 aims to strengthen and expand sanctions included in last year’s NDAA, which were credited for halting work on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline after Trump signed the FY 2020 measure into law last December.

Like last year’s provision, the new legislation is sponsored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee members Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)…

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Russia’s foreign ministry in response said the threatened sanctions would directly hit the German economy, and that “a response to them, whether at the national or the pan-European level, is certainly a sovereign decision of Berlin and the European Union countries.”

For its part, the German foreign ministry said any new sanctions would “constitute a serious interference in European energy security and E.U. sovereignty.”

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in response to questions from an E.U. lawmaker that a “mechanism” was being prepared to protect European companies involved in the project against U.S. sanctions.

Despite the E.U.’s stance, the European Parliament has voted twice in opposition to Nord Stream 2.

It did so in December 2018, in a 433-105 vote, describing the pipeline as “a political project that poses a threat to European energy security and efforts to diversify European energy supplies.”

So, the Germans, architects of the Energiewende debacle and the dominant force in the EU, are determined to sell out to Russia and want our NATO money to protect them, as they ignore the overwhelming will of the European Parliament. Sounds about normal. Meanwhile, there is genuine bipartisanship on this side of the pond to frustrate the Ruskies (and our supposed German friends). Good!

So, Electric Vehicles Are An Environmental Problem?

Green eggs and scam, combined with green virtue signaling is taking us down a dead end road:

Welcome to the Clean Green Future. Demand for rechargeable car batteries is predicted to rise 700% in the next four years. But even at current levels, children are already dying in mines in the Congo

For his part, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said that in 2018, electric cars saved 40 million tons of CO2 worldwide, sufficient to reduce global temperatures by a mere 0.000018°C — or a little more than a hundred-thousandth of a degree Celsius — by the end of the century.

“If you think you can save the climate with electric cars, you’re completely wrong,” Birol said.

Electric Vehicles use more fossil fuels than normal cars, unless you live somewhere like France and can run them on nuclear power. Otherwise these are largely coal-or-gas powered cars that may lower the fuel bill, but make electricity, jobs, and your lifestyle, unaffordable.

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What’s the damned point?

Electric cars are already causing minor grid failures in a few upmarket streets in Australia, and we only have about 5,000 in the whole country.  If we add enough, we’ll need a whole new grid. Each new fast-charging car is equivalent to adding 20 new homes. They need extra transmission lines and generation that will cost something like $2,000 per year for “our” electricity network.

Read the whole thing, because JoNova provides lots of additional details and perspectives. Electric vehicles, while they are typically powered by natural gas in reality, are a huge waste of resources, do nothing for the environment and are meaningless with respect to global warming. As she says, “the poor of [the] Congo need reliable cheap baseload electricity and free markets, not UN fake jobs that won’t solve a fake problem.” Amen! Let’s have CNG, LNG and whatever else the free market delivers and drop this insane obsession with electric vehicles, which helps no one.

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