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Demagoguery may have reached a new low with opposition to the Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline project in New York and in the press. Journalism is dead.
A recent article in the Guardian, a favorite read of fractivists here in the U.S. because it trumpets their views, demonstrates the death of journalism. It is an example of extreme demagoguery, matched only by that of a New York City politicization who tweeted it out. You can’t read the Guardian, of course, without getting a pop-up appeal for financial support, so it caters to trolls willing to pay for this sort of material to throw out as links that substitute for thought as they comment on sites like this one. This one, though, is over-the-top.
Here’s what we learn, if you can call it that, from the article (emphasis added):
‘Monumental step backwards’ – the
$1bn gas pipeline project dividing New York
Environmental groups oppose the underwater pipeline that would bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania to New York…
Energy company Williams, based in Oklahoma, plans to build a 23-mile-long underwater pipeline through New York’s lower bay to bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania to New York. The $1bn project would link existing infrastructure in New Jersey, to the Rockaways in the New York borough of Queens.
Pipeline proponents argue the project is needed to allow thousands more New Yorkers to switch from oil to gas for their heating but environmental groups are marshaling a growing protest movement to pressure Andrew Cuomo, New York’s governor, to block the development.
“This pipeline would incentivize reliance on gas, which is way more carbon-intensive than renewables,” said Robert Wood, a campaigner at 350.org, a climate advocacy group. “It would be a nightmare happening, not in a rural area, but right here in New York City.”
A draft of a study commissioned by 350.org disputes many of the assertions made by Williams and National Grid, the utility that will be the sole customer for the gas. According to the analysis, New York is already well on its way to eliminating the dirtiest types of oil, a carbon-heavy fuel, for heating and the state’s power operators are forecasting a drop in electricity use due to efficiency improvements.
Measures such as installing heat pumps, replacing old boilers, expansion of renewable energy and planned improvements to building energy efficiency should be “ramped up before considering construction of costly and potentially risky infrastructure like a massive pipeline in the New York harbor”, concluded the analysis, conducted by Suzanne Mattei, a consultant and former regional director of the New York department of environmental conservation…
Wood said a decision on the pipeline will be a “major test” of Cuomo’s green credentials. The Democratic governor previously banned fracking in New York and has set climate change goals that would cut emissions by 80% by 2050.
The building of the pipeline would be a “a monumental step backwards” in meeting this target, according to Scott Stringer, comptroller of New York City. Stringer, along with a host of other local elected officials and green groups, contends that while gas has a lower carbon content than oil or coal, methane leaks from gas drilling and transportation can make it a nefarious fossil fuel.
However, National Grid said it has experienced “significant growth” in the need for natural gas in New York City and Long Island, with demand expected to grow by more than 10% over the next decade as households make a city-mandated switch away from oil to gas for heating.
There are several things here that qualify this supposed journalism as demagoguery, starting with the citation of a draft study commissioned by 350.org. The report isn’t final and isn’t available, of course, for anyone to read or challenge, yet gets quoted as if it was news. What kind of journalism is that? There’s also the fact it’s commissioned by Rockefeller family tool 350.org, a special interest advocacy group with zero credibility. And, Susan Mattei? Well, she’s supposedly an attorney and policy consultant at a “public policy consulting firm” called Lookout Hill, which appears to no longer have a website.
Mattei is also Vice-Present of a non-profit tax-exempt special interest group called the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, which says it aims to “accelerate the transition to a diverse, sustainable and profitable energy economy.” That is to say it’s a fractivist outfit supporting the crony corporatism of renewables and here’s who funds it:
The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis receives its funding from philanthropic organizations. We gratefully acknowledge our funders, including the Rockefeller Family Fund, Energy Foundation, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Moxie Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Growald Family Fund, Flora Family Fund, Wallace Global Fund, and V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation.
These are fractivist funders and enablers all; the same people who fund 350.org. What we have is one Rockefeller tool, 350.org, commissioning a study from another, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, both having the same objectives. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, except that the Guardian tells us nothing of this relationship. Instead, it passes on the advocacy as if it were genuine research.
Not only that, but the story quotes the advocates as stating “New York is already well on its way to eliminating the dirtiest types of oil, a carbon-heavy fuel, for heating” and recommends “replacing old boilers.” Those heavy oils, of course, were replaced by natural gas in one of the most stunning urban air-cleaning projects ever conducted, one that’s estimated to have already saved as many as 600 people a year in the city from asthma deaths.” Likewise, the oil boilers yet to be replaced (many in public housing projects) will also be replaced with gas boilers. And, that gas has to get to New York somehow, which is why the Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline project is so critical. All this is left out with the death of journalism at the Guardian.
Even worse, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, not to be outdone in demagoguery, dutifully quoted in this Guardian piece of trash, tweeted it out with this inane nonsense:
We need to move away from fossil fuel infrastructure — and that means we need to #StopNESE. At a time when leaders in Washington are DENYING climate change, we must double down on clean and renewable energy.
Stringer didn’t get to be Comptroller by being this stupid. He knows the truth; that natural gas has made New York City air breathable and that City needs more of it. Yet, here he is appealing to stupidity, standing with the special interest opposition to the gas that will allow replacement of more boilers in the poorest areas of the City. Why? Because he imagines he can get away with it; that most New Yorkers are as dumb as those who elected AOC. Will he get away with it? Only if you let him. Take action now to defend the NESE!
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