Climate Change Consensus Shifts in Wind, But Gas Is Still the Right Move

Robert P. Murphy
Senior Economist, Institute for Energy Research
Principal, Consulting by RPM

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Climate change consensus? Well, it depends, it seems; whatever is necessary at the moment politically. Regardless, natural gas is still reducing emissions.

One of the recurring themes in my commentary on the climate change debate is how those pushing government intervention keep moving the goalposts (see onetwo, and three). In the present post, I’ll document this shift in the commentary from the same person—namely, Harvard’s History of Science professor Naomi Oreskes.

Specifically, a decade ago Oreskes vilified scientists who focused on uncertainties in our models of the climate, and trumpeted the sacred “consensus” as the altar upon which all hesitancy about government action should be sacrificed. Yet today, Oreskes is co-authoring articles in the New York Times telling Americans that scientists have been underestimating climate change and that the economic models are full of uncertainties—and that this is why we urgently need government action. Needless to say, Oreskes’ change in perspective about consensus and uncertainty seems to be driven by her commitment to government action, not any principle of science.

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Cuomo Needs to Stop Pandering to Environmentalists

Craig Stevens
Partner, DCI Group

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Andrew Cuomo is obsessed with pandering to environmentalists at the expense of other New Yorkers who need natural gas infrastructure and need it now.

Consider: You build a brand-new home or space for your business. It’s nearing completion but your application for natural gas service is denied. How is this possible?

Shockingly, that is exactly what is happening in the greater New York City area — in large part due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s staunch opposition to much-needed energy infrastructure and advocacy for fossil fuel divestment.

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Message to Long Island; “We’re Into This Natural Gas Crisis Together”

UDRBCNed Lang
President, Upper Delaware River Basin
Citizens

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Ned Lang, President of Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens, has a message for residents of Long Island suffering from the New York State’s anti-gas policies.

Long Island homeowners and businesses are suffering from an artificial natural gas shortage brought on by short-sighted and, frankly, perfectly senseless state policy.

I know how you feel; angry, frustrated and looking for someone to blame. I can assure you it’s not your utility company.

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Buffalo Billion Goes Bust; Now Worth 8¢ on the Dollar, Empirezuela Is Next

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion sinking of taxpayer monies into Elon Musk’s solar scam has been written down to 8 cents on the dollar; an $884 million loss.

Imagine you build a new house in Upstate New York for $300,000. It’s got the latest in appliances and a modern heating system. The place is nicely landscaped and well maintained. But, six years later you have to sell it because you’ve taken a new job in Texas. You go to a realtor who tells you it’s now worth a mere $24,000. Sound far-fetched? Well, no, that’s what just happened with Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” investment of $958.6 million in the SolarCity scam engineered by Elon Musk and his cousins to exploit Andrew Cuomo.

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Shale Gas News – November 9, 2019

Bill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about the world’s top oil producer, LNG exports, Cunningham Energy and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown again; welcome Gem 104 as our FOURTH station! Gem 104 helps to solidify the Shale Gas News coverage in an important Marcellus region, PA’s northern tier. The Shale Gas News is now broadcasting in Bradford, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wayne Counties, as well as in greater central PA. The Shale Gas News is aired on Saturday or Sunday depending on the station.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as a guest, we had Cassandra Coleman, Executive Director at America250Pa.

PMA Perspective interviewed George Stark, Director of External Affairs at Cabot Oil & Gas, about the current state of the industry. This week we are playing part 1 of the interview.

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Stupid Pipeline Trick from New Jersey Now Being Advanced Nationally

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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A completely deceptive and stupid pipeline trick practiced by New Jersey won favor with the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals is now being advanced by others.

Despite a very well argued appeal to the full Third Circuit Court of Appeals after a throughly bad decision from a three judge panel, the full court refused to take it. This leaves not only PennEast Pipeline, but also every other new pipeline and FERC, in a very bad position where obstructionist states and even individual landowners can sprague pipelines by simply entering into conservation easement agreements. It’s a complete fraud on everyone involved and thoroughly abuses the very concept of a conservation easement. And, fractivists, loving the fraud, are trying to now push this stupid pipeline trick as a template for pipeline opposition.

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How to Solve the California Electricity Problem: Try Natural Gas!

Tom Tanton
President, T 2 & Associates

 

California has an electricity problem and there are many to blame but the solution in front of all eyes is natural gas as an alternative source of heat.

I sit here at my computer this morning after suffering through the latest “PSPS” (public safety power shutoff), which left me without electricity a total of ten full days in October.  Kind of ironic given my 45+ years in energy policy–and frustrating too since this is less an Act of God than an Act of Man–or Government.

I understand the need to reduce fire risk in California’s hot dry climate where utilities (such as PG&E) need to de-energize power lines lest they spark when blown down or branches fall on them.  But there’s got to be a better way than leaving literally millions in the dark for days, only to get maybe six hours of power before losing it again for 2–3 days.

As an Indian friend said half in jest “If I’d known it was going to be like this, I’d have stayed in Delhi.”

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Middle East Turmoil Continues and We Barely Notice: Thank Fracking

Daniel B. Markind, Esq.
Flaster Greenberg PC

 

Middle East turmoil never seems to end, but one part of it has concluded thanks to fracking: the impacts on Americans who are now independent of it.

Last week, the governments of both Lebanon and Iraq resigned. Seemingly organically, large protests erupted in both countries cutting across the ethnic divide. In each case, the protesters demanded change to the static political environment.

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Sound Bite Green Policies Don’t Reduce Emissions; Natural Gas Does

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Natural gas has reduced emissions in a big way, but sound bite energy policies focused solely on renewables haven’t says PA Democrat Senator John Yudichak.

Democrat State Senator John Yudichak represents Carbon and Luzerne Counties in Pennsylvania. He is a staunch friend of the trades and a fan of natural gas. He also speaks his mind. He just wrote a terrific op-ed for the Easton Express-Times (LehighValleyLive.com). It’s truly a must read and we offer up the Senator’s words below for your enjoyment.

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