Two Energy Futures, Which One Do We Want? It Should Be Obvious!

energy futuresRobert Bradley, Jr.
Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research

Free markets will deliver the best, the cleanest and the least expensive of energy futures. We forget that to our great peril as some propose naive answers.

There are two energy futures for America. One is freedom and prosperity. The other is politics, conflict, and waste. As with other goods and services, energy’s availability and affordability will depend on whether natural incentives and economic law are respected or hampered by government policy.

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There’s No Better Career Than One in Oil and Gas

Kelsey Mulac
Cabot Oil & Gas
External Affairs, Pittsburgh

The oil and gas industry offers the most rewarding careers out there. They provide good pay, job satisfaction and the reward of doing important things.

The U.S. Shale Revolution and its abundant production (in Pennsylvania and nationally) has and will continue to advance the journey toward energy independence, to save households thousands of dollars in energy pricesreduce emissions, and provide jobs to a growing workforce. All of these factors help facilitate a healthy economy and a secure future, which most Americans can get behind.

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – January 5, 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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Forgotten Men and Women of Canadian Energy Industry Protest

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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The forgotten men and women of the Canadian energy industry are mad as hell and not taking it anymore. They’re protesting in their trucks and it’s spreading.

Whenever I go to New York City, which is as seldom as possible, I drive. My vehicle is a Ford F-150 and, although it’s the most popular one in America, I stand out like a shiny red apple in a basket of lemons. At least that’s the analogy I favor, though some would suggest otherwise. If I wear on my western hat as well, you wouldn’t believe the looks I get, but I do notice they tend to get out of the way.

There are no pickup drivers in Manhattan, but there are not only pick-ups, but lots of other trucks where I live and where energy is made. They’re visible on every road and in large numbers.  Canada is one of those places and Canadians are using their trucks to make themselves even more visible in protest of insane energy policies.

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Has Vera Scroggins Flipped? Now Supports Pipelines?

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Something strange has happened. It seems Vera Scroggins has flipped, dropping her pipeline opposition. Is it so, or is she just trapped by her own illogic?

The Susquehanna Independent carried a highly unusual letter to the editor the other day from none other than Vera Scroggins, a frequent NaturalGasNOW commenter and subject. A friend sent me a clipping of it and asked if it could possibly be real, as Vera Scroggins clearly came out in favor of natural gas pipelines as an alternatives to NG Advantage’s proposal to create a compression site so they can ship the stuff to New England and New York by truck. I looked at it and came to the same question; she said what she said, but did she mean it? Time and our comment pages will, I hope, provide the answer. My guess, though, is that she simply got trapped in her own illogical thinking.

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Jennifer Huntington: The Forgotten Woman We Can’t Forget

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Jennifer Huntington has left us. She was the plaintiff, and victim, the forgotten woman, in the Middlefield, New York home rule case, who we’ll not forget.

Jennifer Huntington was a remarkable individual. She was a dairy farmer, and a very innovative one. She owned the Cooperstown Holstein farm in the Town of Middlefield in Otsego County, New York. She also wanted to drill a vertical natural gas well—no high volume hydraulic fracturing—to supply the needs of her farm and a neighboring facility.

Sadly for Jennifer, though, Middlefield borders Lake Otsego, known as Glimmerglass in the Leatherstocking Tales, and includes the eastern part of Cooperstown. It’s a gentry class island of mostly inherited prosperity for the trendy in Upstate New York. So, naturally, NIMBYism and virtue signaling were more important than Jennifer’s farm, and they told her she couldn’t do it. She fought back in the decent sort of way you might expect of a farmers raised on old-fashioned values and lost. Now, she’s passed away and the world has lost a class act if there ever was one.

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Natural Gas Production Booming in US, Making Us Energy Dominant

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The golden age of natural gas production is on the horizon, yet to come, but an awesome sight already, with U.S. natural gas reserves up an incredible 36%.

The Energy Information Administration recently released its reserves report, noting that proven reserves of natural gas increased 36 percent to 464.3 trillion cubic feet—a record that surpasses the previous high set in 2014. Natural gas production in 2017 increased by almost 3 percent from 2016 production levels—another record high. Most of this natural gas is coming from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in Pennsylvania and neighboring states. Over a decade ago, companies began combining horizontal drilling techniques with hydraulic fracturing to unlock natural gas from shale rock.

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Mariner East 2 Pipeline Begins Safe Operations, Contrary to Critics’ Claims

Mariner East OpponentsKurt Knaus
Spokesman

Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance

The Mariner East 2 pipeline has begun operation and it will be safe, contrary to all those false claims of its ginned up special interest opponents.

As Pennsylvanians celebrated the holidays and rang in a new year, the Mariner East pipeline projects hit another landmark when Energy Transfer Partners announced on Dec. 29 that the Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline began service.

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The Shale Revolution Unleashed and the Appalachian Miracle

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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The latest data from the Energy Information Administration depicts an Appalachian miracle. The shale revolution has revitalized rural and urban areas alike.

The EIA’s “Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production” report for October, 2018 is out and one map, one chart and one table tell the wonderful story of the shale revolution. It is a glorious one, indeed.

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Jerry Brown Unwittingly Reveals Problem with Today’s Environmentalism

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Jerry Brown couldn’t be elected to anything anywhere but in California but he has performed a service revealing what’s wrong with environmentalism today.

Jerry Brown didn’t get the title Governor Moonbeam for nothing. A flaky child of privilege, he virtually defines the modern trust-funder. He presents himself as some sort of exhibitionist in existentialism, floating on air between elected offices where he can he pontificate on this or that from the perspective of having never really worked at anything but having a sufficiently sad face to prove he cares.

When it comes right down to it, though, he’s just another humorless condescending member of the gentry class trying to prove his worth by dumping on others. It’s rural folks in his latest iteration and it serves to demonstrate so much of what is wrong with environmentalism.

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