Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – January 13, 2018

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

Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy.

Here’s more material sent along by Natural Gas NOW readers; great stuff highlighting the power of natural gas and the absurdity of fractivism. Check out the links and other short bits below:

US Wind and Solar Much Less Efficient Decarbonizers Than Gas

This is research that will boggle fractivist minds:

We compare three technologies that produce electricity in the United States—wind, solar, and combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs). We use the 2016 electric utility database compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That database has the advantage of being based on a census of U.S. power plants rather than sampling, and also excluding any subsidies received by the power plants…

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When the net emissions from switching away from coal are considered, the net cost of saving each ton of emissions avoided is $1.27 for a switch from coal to wind, -$44.11 (a net cost increase) for a switch from coal to solar, and a savings of $50.72 for a switch from coal to CCGTs. The differentials between the savings from a switch to wind or solar and a switch to CCGTs is a measure of the “dead weight economic loss involved in switching from coal to either form of “renewables,” instead of switching from coal to CCGTs.

This research concludes that CCGTs are the only “economic” choice from the perspective of benefit-cost analysis.

So, not only is conversion from coal to gas the fastest way to reduce emissions, but it’s also the cheapest and much cheaper than solar or wind. I can hear the shrieking of fractivists already.

How Junk Science Is Made

Want to know? Well, just check out one of Vera Scroggins’ recent broadcast e-mails as she forwards a link to a phony Health Effect Registry set up by the equally phony and Heinz Endowment funded Southwest PA Environmental Health Project:

From: Vera Scroggins
Sent: Monday, December 18, 2017 8:13 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Fwd: direct link

Direct Link to fill out Health Survey for those who live near gas drilling operations and pipelines…

Consider filling this out for a Health Effect Registry for Pennsylvania.

​Vera Scroggins
Citizens for Clean Water

Remember this the next time you read a news release from the Environmental Health Project or from someone else extolling their junk science.

Hydraulic Fracturing Turnabout? No, Just More Riverkeeper Blather

StateImpactPA, the Delaware Riverkeeper and the DRBC are all sister fundees of the gentry class fractivist warship known as the William Penn Foundation. Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director of the Riverkeeper is an insider with all three, of course, and has been pressing the DRBC for a permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing forever, hyping the dangers of what happens underground. She seems to have slipped up recently, though, when speaking inside the StateImpactPA echo chamber:

“It’s no problem to the environment or human health when it’s a mile beneath our feet, but when you bring it to the surface, it’s a health hazard, and it’s a toxic material that has to be disposed of very carefully,” Carluccio said.

Well, sorry, Tracy, but that’s not what you’ve been saying up to now is it? You’ve been telling us hydraulic fracturing itself is dangerous and now it’s only what happens above ground that matters? Pardon me, but that’s what we’ve said all along. We’ve also pointed out closed loop systems in use in Northeast PA, together with recycling of wastewater, have eliminated that problem. You’re only bringing it up now because your chums in the DRBC have said they’ll ban hydraulic fracturing, but haven’t been as quite as sweeping as you’d like. You have in your pursuit of perfection now revealed the truth. There never was a problem.

Anti-Pipeliners Are Anti-American (And Anti-Environment) 

From the great Jude Clemente:

…natural gas prices in some parts of the Northeast boomed 60-70 times their recent rates because there’s not enough pipeline capacity in the region to bring in natural gas in times of high demand. After years of warnings, this remains a massive problem: Gas is increasingly being utilized in the Northeast for generating both electricity and heat. For example, gas provides over half of the power in the region, despite no significant gas-producing state there.

With such gas shortages, heating oil was forced to make up about 35% of New England’s electricity during the time, which is highly problematic for those in the region that promote themselves as “climate leaders” but continually block new gas pipeline capacity: heating oil’s CO2 emissions are 30-40% higher than those for natural gas…

The gas pipeline capacity constraint in the Northeast had a negative ripple effect again. A frigid New Year’s Day brought the highest U.S. gas demand ever recorded, about a 50% jump above what we were using just a few days prior. Gas markets were rattled across the entire country because the push to get gas to the high demand, high priced Northeast strained the national system and our pipeline infrastructure couldn’t carry enough to even the market out.

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Even worse for policymakers, there’s no logical reason why the Northeast is in such a dire situation.  That’s because mighty Appalachia is very close by. Combined at now nearly 27 Bcf/d (versus <23 Bcf/d last January), West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio now produce more gas than any other nation except the U.S. itself and Russia.

For example, I’d argue that it’s anti-American that policymakers in Massachusetts would rather import liquefied natural gas from Yemen and others in times of shortages and not promote policies to receive gas from nearby other U.S. states.  Everett accounts for 80% of all U.S. LNG imports, here. An LNG cargo from Trinidad and Tobago is unloading at Everett terminal in Boston Harbor as you read this.

The anti-pipeline business is holding back the country and in fact the world. Natural gas is quickly becoming our go-to source of energy: it has far lower emissions (here) and also backs up more intermittent renewables (here). And with the U.S. set to become the world’s largest exporter of LNG perhaps by 2022, the anti-pipeline business is not only needlessly increasing costs here at home but also blocking the fight against climate change, which by definition is a global fight: “COP21 Means More Natural Gas and the U.S. Must Help.”

That about sums it up, doesn’t it?

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