The Chaos and Calamities the Green New Deal Promises

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


California is always ahead of other states — in pursuing dumb ideas. It has been practicing a Green New Deal approach to energy for years with awful results.

The Green New Deal has been underway in California for some time now, yielding market distortions, high electric rates and impossible tax burdens. It is also failing miserably with respect to its underlying objective; reducing emissions. The reasons are hard to explain, yet states such as New Jersey and New York seem determined to emulate the California Green new Deal foolishness.

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More LNG Facilities Coming to the Northeast As Exports Grow

CELDF - report on Mora countyTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


LNG facilities are happening many places, the forces of economics being irresistible. New LNG facilities are even coming to the DRBC region! Oh, the irony!

Our good friend Jim Willis has a story at Marcellus Drilling News that should warm the hearts of our readers. It should also make everyone wonder how the heck the DRBC expects to get away with a fracking ban, given its hypocrisy. It’s about LNG and worldwide demand for it that can be satisfied with Appalachian Basin shale gas. That LNG demand is creating opportunity for LNG facilities in three of the DRBC states.

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Our Energy Future Demands We Pick the Right Side; Gas Is Right There

Cuomo's Legacy - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association



Richard Downey rebuts the idea renewables are on the “right side” when it comes to our energy future. Natural gas is on the right side if emissions matter.

A proposed gas decompressor station in Oneonta, in my home county of Otsego, New York, has generated some controversy. Dan Buttermann recently wrote a letter to the editor titled  “On Energy Future, State Must Pick Right Side” addressing it and some of my own comments. He chose the right title, but the wrong side — renewables only, no new gas. Unfortunately, the State (Cuomo) shares Mr. Butterman’s view.

Now, the consequences are beginning to show. Con Ed announced no new gas hook-ups in Westchester County. A six acre urban renewal project in Yonkers – kaput. All new commercial/ residential development in Westchester — on hold. Incidentally, Westchester utility rates are going up; gas 11% and electricity 6%.

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – March 9, 2019

NaturalGasNOWTom 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. As usual, emphasis is added.

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A Case of Green Deja Vu: The Pie, Though, is Still in the Sky

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Free-Lance Writer, Milwaukee, WI
Victor Selby
Ontario Residents

The Green New Deal isn’t new. It was tried in Ontario and was a colossal political failure for the politicians who imposed it. It’s a case of Green Deja Vu.

The Liberal Party of Ontario passed the Green Energy Act (GEA) in 2009, a limited version of the American Democrat’s Green New Deal. Energy prices, bankruptcies, taxes and debt exploded.

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The Problem Is, Simply, An Environmentally Uninformed Urban Majority

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Natural Gas NOW


Efforts keep being made in New York and elsewhere to address the problem of rural areas dominated by an uniformed urban majority. Is there an answer? Maybe.

There’s another effort being made to break New York into autonomous regions within the Empire State. The idea, once again, is to find some way—any way—to break the terrible grip the urban majority now has an Upstate it loves for its beauty but hates for its people, supposing they’re all ignorant stump-jumpers. This initiative, though more well-intended than can be imagined, is unlikely to go much further than the several before it, Nonetheless, the growing interest in these movements reflects the desperation of an Upstate New York to free itself of the bonds of high taxes, insulting laws and land grabs. There may be an answer, but it’s probably not what you think.

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Gentry Class Attacks Colorado Oil and Gas Industry and Rest of the State

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)


Legislators from Boulder who couldn’t care less about the rest of the state are on the attack against the job-creating Colorado oil and gas industry.

Both the substance and the handling of a new Colorado bill to overhaul oil and natural gas regulation is raising concerns amongst Colorado voters.

SB 181, introduced last Friday by Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, House Speaker KC Becker, and Governor Jared Polis—all Democrats from Boulder—would dramatically change the functioning of the oil and natural gas industry in Colorado.

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The Big-Time Battle Against New York Gas Shortages

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Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)


Will the natural gas required to address New York gas shortages and prevent more gas connection moratoriums be allowed to reach the state or not?

Williams is in the fight of its life to get New York State to approve its Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project. There are a number of components to the project, but the key component, the heart of the project, is a new 23-mile pipeline from the shore of New Jersey into (on the bottom of) the Raritan Bay in NY territorial waters–running parallel to the existing Transco pipeline, before connecting to the Transco offshore.

The project is meant to increase pipeline capacity and natural gas flows by another 400 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) heading into northeastern markets. Transco wants to provide more Marcellus natural gas to utility giant National Grid beginning with the 2019-2020 heating season, which says there’ll be a moratorium on new natgas customers.

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South Dakota Shows How to Play Offense Against Pipeline Opponents

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Natural Gas NOW


A bill has been introduced in the South Dakota Senate on behalf of their governor that would go after out-of-state “riot booster” pipeline opponents. Yea!

When the DAPL pipeline opponents were burning bridges, destroying property, vandalizing equipment, leaving tons of garbage and costing North Dakota millions, I wrote a post titled “DAPL Vandals and the Trendy Elitists Who Coddle Them.” I pointed out the rioters and vandals had monetary support through a group called Rising Tide North America, which was funded by the Max and Anna Levinson Foundation (guilt-ridden, virtue-signaling heirs of an oil company) and the Tides Foundation. One of the biggest funders of the latter, in turn, has been Warren Buffett’s kid, through the NoVo Foundation. The Buffetts, of course, own trains and DAPL is competition when it comes to shipping oil by rail.

Now, there is the prospect of similar protests in South Dakota as pipeline opponents rise to fight other essential infrastructure needed to move Bakken and Canadian oil to market. The Badlands state isn’t called that for nothing, though. Governor Kristi Noem has propose two bills that are now before her State Senate that would potentially go after these funders, enablers and “riot boosters.”

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Free Fallin’ Due to Shale Revolution


Net greenhouse gas emissions in the United States declined between 2005 and 2017 by an incredible 14%, as U.S. natural gas production increased by 54%.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released its draft report on the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, 1990-2017, indicating that net U.S. greenhouse gas emissions declined between 2005 and 2017 by 14 percent. Greenhouse gases are made up of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, and several other fluorine-containing halogenated substances.

Only a handful of economies can make this reduction boast, as most have increased their greenhouse gas emissions despite programs and policies in many economies to reduce them. The United States accomplished this not by heavy regulation and mandates, but mainly by using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling technology that lowered the price of natural gas, making natural gas combined cycle the technology of choice in the generating sector.

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