Natural Gas Now Best Picks – February 4, 2023
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Readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy. This week; roughneck talents, a cold January, yet another dead whale, sulfur seeding ESG and a fence-riding Joe.
Look for these stories below, including links to the original articles!
Try to Imagine Your Typical Fractivist Doing This!
This video says it all about the courage, the knowledge, the strength and the sheer talent of the roughnecks (a/k/a real men) who bring us natural gas and oil and sustain our modern lives:
Oil well drilling looks crazy dangerous. Much respect the the guys doing to this.
— Wall Street Silver (@WallStreetSilv) February 3, 2023
Could Greta Thunberg or any of her acolytes do this? Could a young Bill McKibben? Could any of the trust-funders behind the Extinction Rebellion? Could the smiley face used by the World Economic Forum for their “You’ll Own Nothing and You’ll Be Happy” slide show?
Hat Tip: D.B.
But I Was Told There Was Relentless Warming!
Well, this doesn’t fit the political template, does it?
CO2 Coalition member Dr. Roy Spencer published his latest update on global satellite temperature this week. The temperature for January 2023 was even colder than January 1988 and 0.04° C below the 1991-2020 average.
So, is it it warming or cooling at the moment? You be the judge, but the climate is constantly changing regardless of any influence we may have and that is the point.
Hat Tip: G.W.
No Evidence? Of Course There’s Evidence!
This story, although reasonably balanced, ends with the same politically correct “no evidence” message orchestrated by a NOAA subservient to the Biden climate agenda:
Last weekend another humpback washed ashore at Lido Beach on Long Island, N.Y., raising the recent count to eight animals. Following a necropsy on the beach, federal officials said Wednesday the animal was likely struck by a vessel.
“The New Jersey mayors, local environmental leaders, and members of the fishing community all share a deep concern that four major offshore wind projects have been approved concurrently within the span of two years,” [Congressman Chris] Smith wrote in the letters. “That these projects are being built at such a large scale and in such a short amount of time casts doubt over whether there was sufficient time to properly evaluate these projects’ impact on marine ecosystems, fisheries, shipping channels, tourism, and other important factors that may be affected.”
…Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management say there is no evidence that sound generated in high-resolution geophysical surveys of turbine sites and cable sites harms marine mammals. NOAA has been tracking an “unusual mortality event” among Atlantic humpback whales since January 2016.
Nevertheless wind critics insist that NOAA and BOEM offer more proof, and Smith echoed their demand: “the lack of conclusive evidence disproving the link between offshore wind development and whale deaths is sufficient enough to require a pause until assurances can be made to the public that the environmental and maritime safety of these projects has been properly reviewed.”
The dead whale at Lido Beach was the subject of a necropsy Jan. 31 by the Atlantic Marine Conservation Group, a marine mammal stranding response organization, working with partners including NOAA Fisheries, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Town of Hempstead, Mystic Aquarium Animal Rescue Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, Center for Coastal Studies, Cornell University, and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center.
On Wednesday NOAA officials said the whale appeared to have been struck by a vessel – as was seen in the Brigantine incident and one of the Atlantic City whales. In a statement AMSEAS noted the necropsy involved extensive tissue sampling for laboratory tests.
“The necropsy is conducted with an open mind, and collects samples to be able to rule in and rule out potential causes of death including disease, toxins, emaciation, and human causes such as vessel strike and entanglement,” according to AMSEAS. “Samples will be sent to a lab to process, and the results may take several weeks or longer.
“There has been a lot of speculation about whether these whale deaths are linked to wind energy development, but at this point, we have no evidence that would attribute any whale mortalities to offshore wind activities, such as sonar or seismic work. We will continue to gather data and go where the science leads us.”
Well, as I noted in my Natural Gas NOW editor’s note here, there is evidence and it is that experts hired by off-shore wind grifters have predicted “takes” of Humpback Whales; eight “Level A” takes of Humpbacks just in connection with the Revolution Wind off Rhode Island, in fact.
Hat Tip: D.S.
Perilous Life-Threatening Sulfur Launch
Exposes Carbon Indulgences As A Scam?
You gotta love this story, when you realize it may do more for natural gas than anyone could imagine by exposing ESG for the scam that it is!
At the end of 2022, climate startup Make Sunsets announced it had launched two payloads of reflective sulfur into the New Mexico sky as proof of concept for its planet-cooling technology. By filling the sky with sun-reflective sulfur, the company hopes to attack climate change directly by simply reducing the world’s temperature — and it’s hoping to make a fortune in the process by selling carbon credits to greenhouse gas emitters.
But because blocking out the sun would produce catastrophic consequences for food and energy production and even human health, these credits would have to include both the “cost” of each ton of carbon dioxide offset by the sulfur and the negative effects of less sunlight reaching the Earth. Once accounting for the damage from blocking our sun, it’s likely Make Sunrise’s credits are worth less than zero and are a net liability for humanity that could, if scaled, cause significant damage to our planet…
Founded in October 2022 after its first two sulfur launches, Make Sunsets is the brainchild of Luke Iseman, a former director of hardware for famed technology accelerator Y Combinator. After reading science fiction novel “Termination Shock,” in which a billionaire shoots sulfur into the sky, Iseman realized he could turn a profit by cooling the planet.
When interviewed by The Washington Post on why he moved forward with the project, Iseman said, “Every day that we don’t inject sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere as responsibly as the state of the science will let us and as much as we can economically, species are needlessly going extinct and people are dying.”
…Windmills and EVs could never hope to compete with Make Sunsets’ $10 per ton carbon credits, which “could inspire people to buy them rather than cut emissions or remove CO2 from the atmosphere,” according to The Washington Post. Buying carbon indulgences was always a scam, but wasn’t limiting temperature increases always their point? If Make Sunsets puts everyone else out of business, that just means they are the best ESG scam out there.
Aside from the threat of damaging all life on our planet — for which the Biden administration, or any government under which Make Sunsets pursues operations, should immediately shut them down — Make Sunsets provides a curious counterpoint to costly, ineffective ESG “investments,” an achievement for which Iseman is deserving of, if not our praise, our respect.
God love the fellow behind Make Sunsets and his grifting strategy. Yes, the Lord works in mysterious ways, indeed. We can fight over natural gas but ESG is just another elitist effort at controlling and scamming us all and all such schemes ultimately become their own undoing, just as we are now seeing with COVID.
Hat Tip: R.N
Joe, you sold us all out with that lying Inflation Reduction Act and you’re going to pay for that stupid maneuver. This won’t help.
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin will vote for a GOP-led effort to overturn a Biden administration rule on climate-minded investing decisions, his office confirmed Monday.
It will be the GOP’s first high-profile challenge of the new Congress to so-called ESG investing, which screens investments for environment, social and governance risks. Republicans deride it as “woke capitalism.”
Manchin’s spokesperson, Sam Runyon, said in a text to E&E News that the Energy and Natural Resources chair would join with Republicans to overturn the rule.
Fence riding has its risks, Joe. You got played by Schumer, Biden and your Democrat buddies. You should have become a Republican and came out swinging against the corrupt Biden. You chose poorly!
Hat Tip: S.H.
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