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.
Fractivist and NaturalGasNOW skeptic Bill Huston posted this on his Facebook page recently:
The idea that fracking caused this Friendly’s to close is so bizarre as to be laughable. The problem is much more likely a combination of factors, including New York’s high taxes, its insane minimum wage law and its anti-growth city-dominated politics. It might even be the anti-chain store views of Bill Huston and others still trapped there as Andrew Cuomo’s policies destroy what’s left of Upstate New York.
Stuart Varney, who has a place in Upstate New York, sees things a little differently than Bill Huston:
Like, I expect, most of our readers, I tend to see it more like Varney. How about you?
Ray Kemble has been used and abused by his fractivist friends who made him their tool by conning him into taking extreme positions for their own selfish purposes and special interest agendas. They put him out front as a sure to get attention circus show. They fed his all too human ego and paraded him around the country to advance their cause as if it were his. Now, they’re even raising money off his back to continue the charade. Check out this solicitation from Wenonah Hauter:
Cabot is trying to silence its critics by targeting Ray Kemble — a resident of Dimock, PA who just survived his fourth cancer surgery — with a $5 million lawsuit for speaking out about Cabot and fracking. We need to make sure Ray has the financial support to stand up to Cabot in court — can you donate right now to help cover his legal fees?
Ray’s effective education efforts are a threat to Cabot, which is why they’ve taken aim at Ray and fired off a lawsuit that seeks to strip him of all he has left in the world, and then some. Donate right now to support Ray as he stands up to Cabot’s bullying in court.
Cabot is not just targeting Ray. A spokesperson from the company made clear that they plan to use this lawsuit to target and harass Food & Water Watch.
This lawsuit is nothing more than a scare tactic — Cabot is going after Ray to scare all of us who speak out against fracking, in hopes that we’ll stop fighting to protect people, water and our planet.
Please make a donation to support Ray and Food & Water Watch in this wrongful attack.
…Food & Water Watch is committed to supporting Ray as he takes on Cabot in this lawsuit, helping ensure that he has a lawyer to defend himself against Cabot’s harassment. We will stand with him no matter what Cabot throws his way. We will not be scared or silenced by Cabot’s bullying.
This is likely going to be a long battle — companies like Cabot have plenty of money to sink into drawn-out court cases. You can support Ray and Food & Water Watch as we stand by him in this fight. Donate today.
Why is Food & Water Watch raising money for itself instead of Ray Kemble? Who exactly will the legal fees go to protect? Ponder that for a moment and see if you can come up with a good explanation. Could it be they don’t give a damn about Ray and are only concerned about protecting themselves? Doesn’t this solicitation admit as much? They take in nearly $17 million per year through the Park Foundation, the Rockefellers and various dark money donor-advised funds. They have over $9 million of assets and over $2 million of cash in the bank, according to their latest 990 return. What completely disgusting users these people are.
Norris McDonald, the founder and president of and group called the African American Environmentalist Association doesn’t think much of Andrew Cuomo’s energy policies:
In January, the overt struggle between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and natural gas inundated front page news when New York’s major utility, Con Edison, announced plans to implement a moratorium on new natural gas connections in most of Westchester County…
The problematic condition of New York’s energy future has been percolating for quite some time. That’s because identifying a silver bullet to address the climate change threat without completely upending our everyday lives is not easy. Cuomo’s attempts to capitalize politically on his enacted solutions has resulted in harmful consequences, as people who live outside New York City are discovering.
In 2014, Cuomo imposed a ban on hydraulic fracturing and has since stalled several proposed pipeline projects that would serve natural gas through the state, such as the Constitution, Northern Access and the Williams projects. These decisions stem from the governor’s green agenda and proposals, including his comprehensive statewide plan to make New York’s electricity generation 100% carbon-neutral by 2040, with hopes to eventually eliminate the state’s entire carbon footprint.
The problem with this is that natural gas remains an important part of the climate change solution. As promising as renewables such as solar and wind power are, we are still years away from being able to rely exclusively on these sources and energy innovations still in the research stage. Right now, natural gas is a cleaner and affordable option and to date Cuomo has done all he can to take this important bridge fuel off the table.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are now at their lowest level since 1992 largely facilitated by utilities switch from coal to cleaner natural gas. Cuomo’s policies would frustrate this progress…
The more the state is denied access to natural gas, the more it will raise electricity rates and deprive the state from a clean energy source. Rejecting job-creating work in pipeline construction and putting upward pressure on home heating costs is certainly not in the interest of people in New York of limited means…
People in the Northeast will continue to rely on natural gas. Business in the region will need natural gas to operate competitively. But policies like those championed by Cuomo deliberately deny residents and businesses in the region access to an energy source that is abundant, affordable, safe and clean.
Well said, Mr. McDonald. If only Cuomo were listening to you instead of the special interests.
And, here’s still another New Yorker upset by Cuomo’s policies, this time from John Banks in the Real Estate Weekly and REBNY Watch:
Despite the fact that natural gas is a cheaper, cleaner gas option – and thus favored by many consumers – many elected officials and activists worry that the construction of a new pipeline will damage New York’s environment. It is possible that these concerns will stymie the entire project.
We must look to the situation in Westchester for an example of why this prospect is so alarming. Major economic development projects in Yonkers and New Rochelle are currently threatened by the moratorium, as many potential construction sites may not be able to access the natural gas they need.
This means that projects that would collectively generate thousands of affordable homes will either face significant delay or never be built at all.
It goes without saying that this would cause huge problems for New York City. Each of the five boroughs would be adversely impacted by a moratorium; each are in dire need of more affordable housing. Furthermore, the boroughs also need good construction jobs and the economic growth offered by new development. While we have made good progress on these fronts in recent years, the reality is that this progress is jeopardized by a moratorium. We cannot accept this.
Renewables are being developed but they are years, if not decades away, from meeting the energy needs of New Yorkers and new development projects. As hearting oil has been phased out, natural gas remains the key source of energy needed for heating and cooking, and – yes – even for making electricity. The new microgrid at Hudson Yards is powered by natural gas.
That means that it is time to realize that posturing over new pipelines has already imposed a serious cost on New Yorkers and that it will only get worse without immediate action. Our elected officials and other key stakeholders need to come together and find a solution that works for all New Yorkers – even if that means approving controversial new pipeline – because the cost of inaction is simply too great. The continued success of New York City may well be at stake.
Again, well said!
This post appeared first on Natural Gas Now.