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6-11-15

11 June 2015 8:51am

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Commentator Thorpe Watson advises us to get ready for a medieval lifestyle.  This morning he emails us that:

The G7 countries have declared war on hydrocarbon fuels (aka “fossil fuels”). 
 
They have pledged to end the production and use of coal, oil, and gas by 2100. (The Telegraph  9 June 2015 G7 pledges to end fossil fuel use this century”).
 
In other words, it is a pledge to commit economic suicide and to make us more vulnerable to natural climate change. It is a bleak future as depicted in this cartoon.
 
 
 
Does this mean that Prime Minister Harper has finally succumbed to the wishes of the opposition parties and the radical, foreign-funded, protest organizations; that is, to decarbonize Canada’s economy?
 
It should be noted that the anti-fossil-fuel narrative is driven by the unproven anthropogenic (CO2 induced), global-warming hypothesis.Please be assured that there is no scientific basis to relate climate changes to our emissions of carbon dioxide ("CO2"). The planet's climate has always been changing and is characterized by four major climate cycles.
 
Furthermore, our emissions are insignificant compared to natural emissions and, unfortunately, will never be sufficient to double the CO2 content of the atmosphere. Such a doubling (or more) would be highly desirable for crop production. The store of CO2 that supports life on this planet is at a record low level, having been seriously depleted by natural processes. It is delusional to believe that restricting the generation of this trace gas gives us the power to stabilize the planet's climate.
 
However, I strongly believe that denying the world's poor access to affordable, reliable energy is immoral. It not only condemns them to perpetual poverty but it also makes them more vulnerable to the four natural climate cycles.
 
The G7 needs to take a hard, independent look at climate science and wake up to the reality that the warming campaign's case is collapsing on its merits.  Climate computer models have failed to predict the current 18-year pause in global warming. More important, the weather is well within natural variability.  The proposed solutions would enrich an elite few, impoverish the masses, and do nothing meaningful to alter the climate.
 
It is tragic that this scientific fraud continues to be endorsed by politicians. For example, Ontario is accelerating down the green road to bankruptcy under its so-called Green Energy Act.
 
Any person, who rejects the evidence and supports the anti-fossil-fuel policy, should be prepared to immediately adopt a Medieval life style, which is devoid of modern conveniences and the many products provided by the petrochemical industry (e.g. polyester clothes, computers).
 
We must demand that our politicians stop this anti-fossil-fuel insanity!

Today's Energy Links From Consumer Energy Alliance:

Town Hall: Follow the Trend: Support Energy Development 
A new trio of polls shows what’ll be at the top of Americans’ minds when they hit the voting booths next year to elect a new commander-in-chief – energy production. Surveys administered recently by Consumer Energy Alliance show that more than 80 percent of voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – the first three primary states – said that candidates’ energy policy would be a key decision point on how they vote next year. This resonated not only with Republicans but also with Democrats and the much-coveted Independents.
 
MarketWatchPoll: Energy and Infrastructure Will Play a Key Role in 2016 Election 
Recent polling conducted for Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) continues to examine what role the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Keystone XL Pipeline, offshore production and other energy issues could play in the 2016 presidential election. And as echoed in recent poll results from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, voters in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia reinforced that energy policy will be an important issue when they cast their votes for president next fall.
 
Hot AirAtlantic Coast Pipeline pretty much as popular with voters as Arctic drilling When you think of pipelines making news, Keystone is usually the first one to come to mind. But you may not be aware of another project on the eastern seaboard which is on the way and generating its own share of controversy among domestic energy opponents. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a project being undertaken by a coalition of energy companies consisting of Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources.

E&E NewsEnergy issues will be key for Mid-Atlantic voters -- poll 
Mid-Atlantic voters in a trio of states reported that energy issues will play a key role in how they cast their ballots in the 2016 presidential election cycle, while also endorsing a variety of measures to expand domestic energy production, according to a survey released yesterday.
 
Politico’s Morning EnergyPOLL SHOWS KEYSTONE, DRILLING SUPPORT 
The pro-drilling Consumer Energy Alliance has a new poll showing a majority or plurality of voters in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia want construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline feeding natural gas into the region, more offshore energy exploration, keeping coal power plants running and expanding shale production through hydraulic fracturing. The poll also showed energy policy being a major issue in the upcoming election, along with a tightly packed Republican presidential field and Hillary Clinton leading big among Democrats in all three states.
 
FierceEnergy: Energy policy top of mind among voters 
The results of a new poll by the Consumer Energy Alliance suggests that voters in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia strongly support the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the development of energy infrastructure.  The poll takes the pulse of how these issues could play in the 2016 presidential election.
 
WHSV-TV3Poll: Virginia Voters Support Atlantic Coast Pipeline 
A new poll conducted by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) has found that a majority of voters in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia have heard about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and support it.
 
Augusta Free PressPoll: Voters in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia support pipeline 
Recent polling conducted for Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) continues to examine what role the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Keystone XL Pipeline, offshore production and other energy issues could play in the 2016 presidential election. And as echoed in recent poll results from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, voters in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia reinforced that energy policy will be an important issue when they cast their votes for president next fall.
 
Rapid News NetworkAppeals court tosses suits challenging climate change plan 
“I wouldn’t put high odds on it, either”, Anderson said, because EPA has been “very careful from the outset in trying to cover their legal bases”. The lawsuits from a coalition of 15 states and the nation’s largest privately held coal mining company claim the EPA exceeded its authority past year when it proposed new curbs on pollution from the nation’s coal-fired power plants.
 
EnergyBizCourt throws out challenges to EPA power plant rule 
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit tossed out lawsuits filed by Ohio -based coal producer Murray Energy Corp. and a group of 15 states. They claimed the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority last year by proposing a 30-percent national cut in emissions from existing plants through plans that individual states must design.
 
Consumer Energy AlliancePoll: Energy and Infrastructure Will Play a Key Role in 2016 Election
Recent polling conducted for Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) continues to examine what role the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Keystone XL Pipeline, offshore production and other energy issues could play in the 2016 presidential election. And as echoed in recent poll results from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, voters in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia reinforced that energy policy will be an important issue when they cast their votes for president next fall.
 
New York TimesE.P.A. Takes Step to Cut Emissions From Planes
The Obama administration said on Wednesday that it would take the first step toward regulating greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes, but it acknowledged it would most likely take years before stringent standards are enacted.
 
ReutersIn twist, Obama emissions plan satisfies industry, worries greens
For two years, President Barack Obama has used his executive power to impose new rules to cut carbon emissions, targeting cars and power plants, buoying environmentalists and infuriating industry. His latest foray - regulating commercial aviation - had the opposite effect.
 
BloombergU.S. Ousts Russia as Top World Oil, Gas Producer in BP Data
The U.S. has taken Russia’s crown as the biggest oil and natural-gas producer in a demonstration of the seismic shifts in the world energy landscape emanating from America’s shale fields. U.S. oil production rose to a record last year, gaining 1.6 million barrels a day, according to BP Plc’s Statistical Review of World Energy released on Wednesday. Gas output also climbed, putting America ahead of Russia as a producer of the hydrocarbons combined.
 
MarketWatchWhy shale producers are happy with this EPA fracking study
The energy industry agrees with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — at least when it comes to the findings of an EPA study on hydraulic fracturing. Michael Krancer, partner and chair of the energy industry team at law firm Blank Rome LLP said a draft report on the EPA study shows that fracking is “safe,” with “no widespread issues.”
 
Fox BusinessAre the EPA and Anti-Frackers Drinking the Same Water?
The EPA says that fracking does not cause “widespread” harm to drinking water, but some anti-frackers claim to have found evidence that proves it does.  “Anti-frackers are just being clever,” FrackNation Producer Phelim McAleer told FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney.
 
International Business TimesUS Coal Production Will Decline Significantly If Obama EPA's Clean Power Plan Takes Effect: Report
The Obama administration’s signature plan to slash carbon emissions from power plants will deal a hefty blow to U.S. coal miners. America’s coal production could plunge to levels not seen since the 1970s if the proposed power plant rule takes effect, federal energy analysts said Wednesday. The dire forecast comes as major U.S. coal companies already are struggling with fierce competition from cheap natural gas, rising coal prices and waning demand from overseas customers like China.
 
Wall Street JournalExxon Tells Texas Regulators Its Wells Didn’t Cause Earthquakes
Exxon Mobil Corp. rejected any role in a string of recent earthquakes hitting the Dallas-Fort Worth area, saying geological data points to natural causes, not its operations.
 
BreitbartObama Expands Refuge to Stop Oil Drilling – Where No Oil Exists
To buy peace with climate change activists after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that oil fracking does not poison water, President Obama has signed an executive order tripling the size of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, just north of San Francisco. The order bans oil drilling in the area Obama renamed the “Greater” Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The move is merely symbolic, since there are no oil reserves in the area.
 
NPRAmerica's Next Economic Boom Could Be Lying Underground
There's a serious problem in the American economy right now: Big corporations are doing well, but real household income for average Americans has been falling over the past decade — down 9 percent, according to census data. "That's not good for America," says Harvard economist Michael Porter. "That's not good for America's standard of living. That's not good for our vitality as a nation."
 
Business WireCalifornia Dreaming: Water, Energy and Reality
California doesn't have a water crisis - it has an energy problem, according to Joe Petrowski, the managing partner of energy investment firm Mercantor Partners. Petrowski explains that the issues surrounding water are the foundation for the state's energy woes, and are destroying the underpinnings of the agriculture industry and limiting economic growth. As water rates rise and rationing takes hold, he warns that California's economy will take a hit.
 
ReutersU.S. should ditch 'outdated' oil export ban -Harvard
The United States must lift an "outdated" ban on oil exports to take full economic and geopolitical advantage of its hydraulic fracturing boom, according to a study by Harvard Business School and Boston Consulting Group released on Wednesday.
 
Associated PressCalifornia oil spill cleanup costs $62 million
The cost of cleaning up last month’s oil spill on the California coast has reached $62 million so far. An official with Plains All American Pipeline told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the costs are running at $3 million a day, and there’s no timetable for when the cleanup will be complete.
 
Associated PressCourt strikes down rules aiming to cut pollution from Talen Energy's Montana coal plants
A federal appeals court has struck down pollution rules intended to reduce haze from coal that is burned in Montana to provide electricity for people in the Pacific Northwest. Haze reduces visibility and is caused by tiny particles of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide.
 
San Antonio Business JournalWhat does the Eagle Ford Shale need more of? ... And less of?
They say that two heads are better than one but the University of Texas at San Antonio's Eagle Ford Community Development Program brought nearly 100 business and community leaders together at an Wednesday conference to decide what the region needs.
 
InforumFracking rule would hurt ND income, jobs, state says
North Dakota stands to lose $300 million a year in oil income and 1,900 jobs if a federal rule on hydraulic fracturing takes effect later this month, state officials argue in court documents.
 
KERA NewsWhy Advocates Who Helped Pass Denton's Fracking Ban Now Want to See It Repealed
When voters in Denton banned the oil drilling technique called fracking there last year, the North Texas city took center stage in a national debate over oil and gas, property rights and the environment. But now some of the same people who pushed for the ban are calling to repeal it.
 
Eagle Ford TexasTexas oil fighting an unfair fight, claims David Porter
This means war! So says newly appointed Railroad Commission of Texas chairman David Porter of the oil output levels established by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
 
Victoria AdvocateDespite slowing production, shale's economic impact continues
While the Eagle Ford Shale's oil production has slowed down, drilling - and in turn, economic impacts in Victoria County - are expected to continue through the next decade.
 
Times-PicayuneSmall players -- not Big Oil -- drive Gulf of Mexico drilling amid downturn
Low oil prices have prompted major companies to slash drilling budgets and delay projects in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico this year. Oil and gas service companies are now looking to Big Oil's smaller, more nimble competitors to prop up activity in the region.
 
New Orleans AdvocateStagnant oil prices create opening for smaller firms, conference is told
Stagnant oil prices have led some major energy companies to delay new offshore drilling projects while creating an opening for smaller independent oil and gas firms to take advantage of lower equipment costs, industry leaders said Wednesday during the opening day of the Louisiana Energy Conference in New Orleans.
 
Washington TimesNuclear energy may have big future in Virginia: study
Virginia could supply virtually all of its future energy needs from nuclear power and even become a player in the global market to supply power from nuclear sources, according to a new think tank report released Wednesday. The case for the Old Dominion’s potential nuclear future was outlined in a new analysis from the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, which argued that with the proper investments, Virginia could emerge as the newest contender in the international nuclear power market.
 
York Daily RecordYork County to receive more than $420,000 in natural gas revenue
York County will receive more than $420,000 in natural gas drilling impact fee revenue from activity in the Marcellus Shale starting in early July.
 
Observer-ReporterWashington County top recipient of gas impact fees for 2014
Washington County and its municipalities led the state in reimbursements from impact fees paid by drillers in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale in 2014, with the county receiving $6.5 million and its municipalities garnering $11.1 million for a total of $17.63 million, according to a list provided Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
 
Casper Star-TribuneNorth Dakota joins Wyoming and Colorado, oil and gas groups to urge delay in new federal drilling rules
North Dakota joined two other states and two oil and gas industry groups in asking a judge to postpone new rules for drilling on federal land while their lawsuit contesting the regulations moves ahead.
 
Albany Times UnionNew York fracking supporters pin hopes on EPA study
Supporters of the currently banned practice of hydraulic fracturing — or hydrofracking — for gas in New York state haven't given up hope entirely despite a decision by the Cuomo administration in December to continue the ban, which has been in place for more than five years.
 
Canton RepositoryIndustry executives say Utica Shale remains full of promise
Fewer permits are being issued and the number of rigs has dropped, but executives of companies that ship oil and natural gas said the changes shouldn’t be viewed as a sign that folks are backing out of the Utica Shale.
 
The Columbus DispatchFracking tax won’t be part of final budget deal, Ohio House insists
House leaders are largely holding their tongues on the sweeping Senate changes to their two-year, $71.3 billion budget, but they continue to make one thing clear: They will not pass a severance tax as part of the budget.
 
Winston-Salem JournalOpposition to test drilling for fracking faces entrenched power
There is no nice way to say it. The neighborhood where crews are drilling a 1,750-foot hole on public land to look for signs of natural gas isn’t pretty. Walnut Tree isn’t Buena Vista, Brookberry Farm Bermuda Run. Many of the homes along Crestview and Middlefork drives are two- and three-bedroom, one-bath jobs that sit on slabs of concrete.

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6-10-15 EPA's Latest! - Ohio's Kasich an Energy Disaster?

10 June 2015 9:49am

 

Friday
Polar Bear, Photo, Copyright by Dave Harbour

We Wonder If Today's EPA Announcement Pleases Our Energy Readers: layer this on top of the WOTUS, Ocean Policy, ESA, CAA, CWA and War on Coal MATRIX!  Like the industrious Lilliputians did with Gulliver, is EPA -- under White House direction -- strapping the great American economy to the ground, immobilizing it, pretext to total control of the people and their free enterprises?  Frankly, the EPA's authoritarian use of rulemaking -- to us -- more resembles a well coordinated attack strategy than simple incompetence.   -dh (Ref. 2012 E.O.)


RELEASED TODAY: BP's Statistical Review shows 2014 was a year of ‘tectonic’ shifts

in global energy production and consumption


Yesterday, we linked readers to BP In Alaska, the company's biannual listing the latest facts and figures around BP's ALASKA field data, hiring, community investment, special projects, and more. 


Related to headline above TODAY

1) Bloomberg: Court throws out challenges to EPA power plant rule....  "We are not surprised with the ruling in any way, given that EPA has not finalized the rule. We do, however, think that it is important to note that this is merely a procedural ruling and that lawsuits over the rule will be filed as soon as the agency completes its work and finalizes the rule," said Mike Butler, Mid-Atlantic executive director for the Consumer Energy Alliance, which opposes the rules.

2) Comment: The Out of Control, Anti-U.S., Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to find under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commercial aircraft contribute to the pollution that causes climate change, endangering....  More

3)  WSJ re: EPA.  The Obama administration is planning a series of actions this summer to rein in greenhouse-gas emissions from wide swaths of the economy, including trucks, airplanes and power plants, kicking into high gear an ambitious climate agenda that the president sees as key to his legacy.  More.

Kasich A Disaster For Energy?

Could Republican Governor John Kasich, like former Alaska Republican Governor Sarah Palin, be a disaster for the job and wealth producing oil & gas & support industries if elected to high national office?

by

Dave Harbour

Ohio's Governor John Kasich, a likely presidential contender, seems to have joined ranks of the wealth redistribution crowd in unreasonably attacking his home state's wealth and job producing oil industry.

Primarily democrats (including socialist, environmental and other social activists) have long sought to increase already high and discriminatory taxes and/or royalties on the oil industry in Alaska and Canada.

But populist, anti-oil industry policy, as we see in this case, is not reserved for activists of only one party.

We have commented on the danger of politicizing energy policy, including taxation, many times over the years, including this most recent editorial.

Here is what a good, mid Atlantic energy expert friend of ours says about Governor Kasich's most recent pro-tax attack.

Energy analysts released a report on Kasich's tax proposal a few weeks ago, available here.  

The study was prepared by Bernard L. Weinstein, Ph.D. Nicholas Saliba, B.A., B.S., BBA and Sam Lee of the Maguire Energy Institute,  Cox School of Business Southern Methodist University Dallas, Texas and sponsored by the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.

Our astute NGP readers throughout Alaska, the Lower 48 and Canada will recognize Kasich's tactics and the arguments against launching unreasonable, discriminatory volleys of tax assaults on the wealth and job producing sector which could otherwise be a jurisdiction's best economic friend.

Alaskans and Albertans in particular will find a number of familiar themes.  Their experiences, as we have documented over the years, underline the validity of the majority of the study's observations:

  • Because of the 50 percent drop in oil prices since last summer, and historically low natural gas prices, the industry is currently in recession and retrenching
  • Hiking Ohio’s severance tax rates will have profound effects on profitability
  • The severance tax will not be a sizeable or dependable revenue source for Ohio’s general fund (i.e. unlike Alaska, whose production occurs mostly on state land and whose economy has become over 1/3 dependent on one of the highest taxing (i.e. and highest per capita spending) jurisdictions in the free world.
  • The proposed hikes in Ohio’s oil and gas severance taxes are discriminatory
  • Higher tax burdens on Ohio’s oil and gas producers may retard future investment in the state
Kasich
John Kasich, stock photo
Palin
Governor Sarah Palin, Kasich, Oil Taxes, free enterprise, Photo by Dave Harbour

Conclusion: Kasich (Stock photo) appears to be approaching higher office with a very similar, anti-oil & gas attitude to the one we saw reflected in Governor Sarah Palin's (NGP Photo) populist administration.  

A populist approach to national energy policy could inhibit energy wealth and job production; stifle the manufacturing, transportation and service industries; exacerbate deficit spending and balance of payment deficits; and, weaken national defense capability.

Red State by Eric Erickson.  ...John Kasich does not want to be president....  ...one does not run for President in the Republican Party by hiring consultants who hate the Republican base to run the campaign of a Republican who says ....

Both proclaim themselves to be advocates of free enterprise.  In many ways, both seem to be well-intended and defenders of the national interest.  

However, both have sought to support their government spending priorities by unreasonably, if not unintelligently, attacking the ability of energy investors to increase their investments in a hostile political environment.  

In short, Kasich, as represented herein, seems afflicted with an dearth of diplomatic skill, an amateurish communication style and ignorance of the concept of tax hikes in a low oil price environment.  Such attributes in a national leader would likely be bad news for oil and gas producers everywhere -- not to mention the negative effect on consumers whose jobs and energy prices would likely be prioritized below populist, government spending programs.

(Note: We invite representatives from Governor Kasich's administration or his presidential advisory team to provide a response to this commentary.  Should we have misrepresented any facts, we will make appropriate and timely changes to assure the accuracy of our searchable archives.  We would, obviously, provide the same invitation to Governor Palin, particularly if she is planning to seek national, public office.  -dh)  

 

Dave Harbour, publisher of Northern Gas Pipelines, is a former Chairman of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and a Commissioner Emeritus of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).  He served as NARUC's official representative to the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC).  Harbour is past Chairman of the Alaska Council on Economic Education, former Chairman of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and past President of the American Bald Eagle Foundation and the Alaska Press Club.  He is Chairman Emeritus of the Alaska Oil & Gas Congress.


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From a Mid-Atlantic energy consultant friend of ours:

Ohio continues to pursue an onerous approach to an oil and gas severance tax, driven by Governor John Kasich. This has been an ongoing effort by Kasich since shortly after he was first elected governor over four years ago.

The Ohio Oil and Gas Association has endeavored during that time to work with the legislature to adopt a reasonable approach to a severance tax that came close to the model ostensibly sought by the Governor. During that time neither the Governor nor his staff has made any effort to even meet with representatives of the industry, much less work out a fair approach to a severance tax. In the end, Kasich would not even allow the Ohio Senate to vote on the House proposal.

This year the Governor more than doubled his tax proposal, even in the face of horrible pricing for oil, gas, and liquids. It makes for terrible tax policy


 

Today...from your out-of-control, anti-US EPA, add a new layer to the 'enslave free enterprise and prepare for authoritarian control MATRIX':

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to find under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commercial aircraft contribute to the pollution that causes climate change, endangering the health and welfare of Americans.

At the same time, the agency is releasing information about the international process already underway by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for developing carbon dioxide (CO2) standards for aircraft and EPA’s participation in that process. EPA is now seeking public input to inform future steps by the agency. 

For the past five years, ICAO — a specialized body of the United Nations with 191 member states — has been working with the aviation industry and other stakeholders to develop coordinated, international CO2 emissions standards for aircraft. EPA and the Federal Aviation Administration, representing the United States, are participating in ICAO’s process to ensure that any standards achieve meaningful CO2 emissions reductions through policies that are equitable across national boundaries. 

The ICAO standards are expected to be adopted in early 2016. The items issued today by EPA lay the necessary foundation for the development and implementation of a domestic aircraft standard, in accordance with U.S. law and the ICAO process.  

U.S. aircraft emit roughly 11 percent of GHG emissions from the U.S. transportation sector and 29 percent of GHG emissions from all aircraft globally. In 2009, EPA determined that GHG pollution from cars and light trucks threatens Americans' health and welfare by leading to long-lasting changes in our climate that can have a range of negative effects. Since then, the body of science on human-induced climate change has strengthened, supporting today’s proposed finding — under a different section of the Clean Air Act — that GHGs emitted from aircraft engines contribute to pollution that causes climate change endangering public health and welfare. Today’s action supports the goals of the President’s Climate Action Plan to reduce emissions from large sources of carbon pollution.

Today’s actions do not apply to small piston-engine planes (the type of plane often used for recreational purposes), or to military aircraft.

Once this action is published in the Federal Register, it will be open for a 60-day public comment period. Any future domestic actions toward aircraft engine standards would also be open to public comment and review before they could take effect.

For more information on the proposed contribution finding and the advance notice of proposed rulemaking, visit  http://epa.gov/otaq/aviation.htm


BP Statistical Review shows 2014 was a year of ‘tectonic’ shifts

in global energy production and consumption

The 2015 edition of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, launched today, highlights how significant changes in global energy production and consumption have had profound implications for prices, for the global fuel mix, and for global carbon dioxide emissions.

The 64th annual edition of the Statistical Review highlights the continuing importance of the US shale revolution, with the US overtaking Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest oil producer and surpassing Russia as the world’s largest producer of oil and gas.

On the consumption side, the Statistical Review records primary energy consumption slowing markedly, with growth of just 0.9% in 2014, a lower rate than at any time since the late 1990s (other than in the immediate aftermath of last decade’s financial crisis). Chinese growth in consumption slowed to its lowest level since 1998 as its economy rebalances away from energy intensive sectors, though China remained the world’s largest growth market for energy.

Speaking at today’s launch, BP Group Chief Executive Bob Dudley said: “The eerie calm that had characterized energy markets in the few years prior to 2014 came to an abrupt end last year. However, we should not be surprised or alarmed. These events may well come to be viewed as symptomatic of a broader shifting of the tectonic plates that make up the energy landscape, with significant developments in both the supply of energy and its demand. Our task as an industry is to meet today’s challenges while continuing to invest to meet tomorrow’s demand, safely and sustainably.”

The shifts in production and consumption had major effects on energy prices as well as the fuel mix. For oil, prices have fallen sharply, largely driven by the strength of supply as non-OPEC production grew by a record amount while OPEC maintained its output levels to maintain market share. Elsewhere, the growth of China’s coal consumption stalled and global natural gas growth was also weak, held back by a mild European winter triggering a sharp fall in consumption.

Renewables were the fastest growing form of energy, accounting for one third of the increase in overall primary energy use during a year in which global primary energy consumption growth slowed. Even so, they accounted for only 3% of primary energy.

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy use grew by just 0.5%, the weakest since 1998 (other than in the immediate aftermath of last decade’s financial crisis). The slower growth relative to its average over the past 10 years or so was largely attributable to the changing pace and pattern of Chinese economic growth.

Review highlights – energy developments

Growth of global primary energy consumption decelerated markedly in 2014, even though global economic growth was similar to 2013. Energy consumption increased by just 0.9% in 2014, a sharp deceleration over 2013 (+2.0%) and well below the 10-year average of 2.1%.

·       Consumption increased for all fuels, reaching record levels for every fuel type except nuclear power. Production increased for all fuels except coal.

·       Emerging economies continued to dominate the growth in global energy consumption, as they have on average over the past decade, but growth in these countries (+2.4%) was well below its 10-year average of 4.2%.

·       Chinese consumption growth (+2.6%) was the slowest since 1998, yet China still recorded the world’s largest increment in primary energy consumption for the fourteenth consecutive year. OECD consumption experienced a larger than average decline (-0.9%), with weakness in the EU and Japan offsetting above-average growth in the US. The fall in EU energy consumption was the second-largest percentage decline on record (exceeded only in the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2009). Energy consumption in the EU fell to its lowest level since 1985.

·       Growth was significantly below the 10-year average for Asia Pacific, Europe & Eurasia, and South & Central America.

·       Oil remained the world’s leading fuel, with 32.6% of global energy consumption, but lost market share for the fifteenth consecutive year.

·       Energy price developments in 2014 were generally weak, with oil and coal prices falling globally. Gas prices fell in Europe, were relatively flat in Asia, and rose in North America.

Oil

Prices

·       Dated Brent averaged $98.95 per barrel in 2014, a decline of $9.71 per barrel from the 2013 level and the first annual average below $100 since 2010.

·       Crude oil prices remained firm in early 2014 in the face of continued large supply disruptions, but fell sharply later in the year.

·       The average WTI – Brent differential narrowed to $5.66 per barrel (from $10.67 in 2013) despite continued robust US production growth, but remained elevated relative to past levels.

Consumption and production

·       Global oil consumption grew by 0.8 million barrels per day (bpd), or 0.8% – a little below its recent historical average and significantly weaker than the increase of 1.4 million bpd seen in 2013.

·       Countries outside the OECD accounted for all of the net growth in global consumption. Chinese consumption growth was below average but still recorded the largest increment to global oil consumption (390,000 bpd).

·       OECD consumption declined by 1.2%, the eighth decrease in the past nine years. Light distillates (motor and aviation gasoline, light distillate feedstock) were the fastest-growing refined product category for a second consecutive year.

·       Global oil production growth was more than double that of global consumption, rising by 2.1 million bpd or 2.3%.

·       Production outside OPEC grew by 2.1 million bpd, the largest increase in our dataset. The US (+1.6 million bpd) recorded the largest growth in the world, becoming the first country ever to increase production by at least 1 million bpd for three consecutive years, and taking over from Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. Along with the US, production in Canada (+310,000 bpd) and Brazil (+230,000 bpd) also reached record levels in 2014.

·       OPEC output was flat, and the group’s share of global production fell to 41%, its lowest since 2003.

Refining and trade

·       Global crude runs rose by 1.1 million bpd (1.4%) in 2014 – the highest growth since 2010 and more than double the 10-year average. Refinery runs in the US rose by 530,000 bpd, the largest increase since 1986.

·       Global refining capacity expanded by an above average 1.3 million bpd, led by additions in China and the Middle East, with Middle Eastern capacity expanding by a record 740,000 bpd.

·       Global refinery utilization remained at 79.6%, its lowest rate since 1987.

·       Global trade of crude oil and refined products in 2014 grew by a below average 0.9%, or 490,000 bpd.

·       Import growth was driven by China and other emerging economies, while US net imports declined. China replaced the US as the world’s largest net oil importer in 2013.

Natural gas

Consumption and production

·       World natural gas consumption grew by just 0.4%, well below the 10-year average of 2.4%. Growth was below average in both the OECD and emerging economies, with consumption in the EU (-11.6%) experiencing its largest volumetric and percentage declines on record. The Europe & Eurasia region (-4.8%) had the five largest volumetric declines in the world in Germany, Italy, Ukraine, France and the UK. Globally, natural gas accounted for 23.7% of primary energy consumption.

·       Global natural gas production grew by 1.6%, below its 10-year average of 2.5%. Growth was below average in all regions except North America. The US (+6.1%) recorded the world’s largest increase, accounting for 77% of net global growth. The largest volumetric declines were seen in Russia (-4.3%) and the Netherlands (-18.7%).

Trade

·       Global natural gas trade registered a rare contraction in 2014, falling by 3.4%.

·       Pipeline shipments declined by 6.2%, the largest decline on record, driven by falls in net pipeline exports from Russia (-11.8%) and the Netherlands (-29.9%). Global LNG trade increased by 2.4%. International natural gas trade accounted for 29.4% of global consumption; LNG’s share of global gas trade rose to 33.4%.

Other fuels

Coal

·       Global coal consumption grew by 0.4% in 2014, well below the 10-year average annual growth of 2.9%. Coal’s share of global primary energy consumption fell to 30.0%.

·       Consumption outside the OECD grew by 1.1%, the weakest growth since 1998, driven by a flattening of Chinese consumption (+0.1%). India (+11.1%) experienced its largest volumetric increase on record, and the world’s largest volumetric increase. Global coal production fell by 0.7%, with large declines in China (-2.6%, the world’s largest volumetric decline) and Ukraine (-29.0%) more than offsetting large increases in India (+6.4%) and Australia (+4.7%).

Nuclear and hydroelectric

·       Global nuclear output grew by an above-average 1.8%, the second consecutive annual increase, and the first time nuclear power has gained global market share since 2009.

·       Increases in nuclear output in South Korea, China and France outpaced declines in Japan, Belgium and the UK.

·       Global hydroelectric output grew by a below average 2.0%. Hydroelectric output accounted for a record 6.8% of global primary energy consumption.

·       Chinese hydroelectric output growth (+15.7%) accounted for all of the increase in global output.

Renewables (including wind, solar, and biofuels)

·       Renewable energy sources – in power generation as well as transport – continued to increase in 2014, reaching a record 3.0% of global energy consumption, up from 0.9% a decade ago.

·       Renewable energy used in power generation grew by 12.0%, and renewables accounted for a record 6.0% of global power generation.

·       China recorded the largest increment in renewables in power generation for a fifth consecutive year; growth last year (+15.1%) was one-third the 10-year average.

·       Globally, wind energy (+10.2%, +65 tera watt-hours) grew by less than half of its 10-year average.

·       Solar power generation grew by 38.2% (+51 tera watt-hours).

·       Global biofuels production grew by a below average 7.4% (+144,000 bpd).

Notes:

The BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2015 is available online at:

www.bp.com/statistical review

The website contains all the tables and charts found in the latest printed edition, plus a number of extras, including:

—      Historical data from 1965 for many sections.

—      Additional data for natural gas, coal, hydroelectricity, nuclear energy, electricity and renewables.

—      An oil, natural gas and LNG conversion calculator.

—      PDF versions and PowerPoint slide packs of the charts, maps and graphs, plus an Excel workbook of the data.

—      Regional fact sheets.

—      Videos and speeches.

 


 Today, the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released EJSCREEN, an environmental justice screening and mapping tool that uses high resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially elevated environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. EJSCREEN’s simple to understand color-coded maps, bar charts, and reports enable users to better understand areas in need of increased environmental protection, health care access, housing, infrastructure improvement, community revitalization, and climate resilience.

 “EJSCREEN provides essential information to anyone seeking greater visibility and awareness about the impacts of pollution in American communities,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “EJSCREEN has been a valuable resource for EPA to advance our commitment to protect Americans most vulnerable to pollution. I’m excited to share this tool with the public to broaden its impact, build transparency, and foster collaboration with partners working to achieve environmental justice.

“State environmental agencies appreciate EPA’s collaborative work on the use and release of this important tool,” said Dick Pedersen, Director of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality and past President of the Environmental Council of States. “Citizens having access to environmental and demographic data is extremely important in helping states implement environmental programs and ensure public health and environmental protection for all. To that end, EJSCREEN facilitates vital citizen engagement.”

EJSCREEN can help governments, academic institutions, local communities, and other stakeholders to highlight communities with greater risk of exposure to pollution based on 8 pollution and environmental indicators, including traffic proximity, particulate matter, and proximity to Superfund sites. These indicators are combined with demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community 5-year Summary Survey enabling users to identify areas with minority or low-income populations who also face potential pollution issues.

EJSCREEN’s capabilities could provide support for educational programs, grant writing, and community awareness efforts so that users can participate meaningfully in decision-making processes that impact their health and environment. While EJSCREEN is being shared publicly to improve work on environmental justice, EPA is not mandating state governments or other entities use the tool or its underlying data. 

EJSCREEN does not direct EPA decisions; it does not provide a basis for identifying areas as EJ communities, and it is not an appropriate standalone tool for making a risk assessment. As a screening tool, its data may have levels of uncertainty, and is therefore incomplete in capturing the total number of pollution problems people face.

Today’s release of EJSCREEN initiates a stakeholder engagement period over the next six months. EPA will collect feedback on the datasets and design of the tool – as well as how it could be further enhanced – and will release a revised version in 2016.

Environmental justice is defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.  EPA’s goal is to provide all people with equal access to the environmental decision-making process to maintain a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.

To access the tool, visit: http://www2.epa.gov/ejscreen.

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6-3-15

03 June 2015 6:30am

TODAYThe Environmental Protection Agency released the final version of a new rule that will dramatically increase the agency’s power, and will devastate Americans’ ability to use their own property and their own water."


Pedro van Meurs Mexico Meeting This Summer 


National Energy Board Staffing


Dan Joling, AP, Shell Oil, lawsuit, Arctic, Photo by Dave HarbourAP/ADN by Dan Joling (NGP Photo).  Ten environmental groups Tuesday sued a federal agency over its approval of a plan by Royal Dutch Shell PLC for exploratory petroleum drilling off Alaska's northwest coast.

Comment on Arctic exploration.  We have the highest regard for Shell, its employees and its dedication to the Arctic drilling project.  

The company has spent now over $7 billion on leases, permitting, community relations, technology and logistics, etc. and labored against continuous obstruction by the EPA and environmental groups, among others.  

In our heart of hearts, we believed that when the Federal government gave one of several required go-ahead to the project this year, it was true to its philosophy and strategy of 'damning Arctic energy work by faint praise."  That is, we believe that this duplicitous administration that would preemptively stop a state mining project on state lands (i.e. Pebble); and delay or kill the eminently reasonable and economically important Keystone XL pipeline; or lock up half of the nation's Alaska petroleum reserve; or manage the 1002 ANWR area as wilderness without Congressional approval; or use financial resources from over a dozen state agencies to implement a non-Congressionally approved 'oceans policy would not give up opposition to Shell's Arctic project without a strategy.  

We believe that the recent, highly organized enviro spectacle connected with Shell's use of the Port of Seattle and another lawsuit attack (AP story above) could be giving the administration comfort that they can claim, "We support an all-of-the-above energy program", knowing that plans are in progress for stopping or delaying the project yet again.  Even the U.S. Senate democrats are organizing against Shell's investment and plans.   Would they do this without the administration's acquiescence?  

While we have sometimes been wrong in connecting the dots, in the case of this administration we have documented a pattern of violations of due process (i.e. rule of law) which threatens our economy, our national defense, our civilization and our childrens' futures.  

We hope we are wrong this time.  We hope that Shell's ongoing challenges are merely gnats that can easily be swatted away.  

We hope that, contrary to evidence, the administration is not -- in this case -- working behind the scenes with enviro-extremists to cripple due process and America's reliance on the rule of law embedded in our Constitution.  

But EPA's WOTUS rule, subject of today's news, gives us -- not cause for confidence in our government -- but reason for a heightened state of alarm.  -dh  

 

 


Pedro van Meurs, Mexico, leasing terms, Alaska, Photo by Dave HarbourThe subject is not Northern, but this Mexico opportunity will surely interest many of our North American readers.  Furthermore, Pedro van Meur's (NGP Photo) workshops always produce insight into how the various jurisdictions approach leasing, regulatory and taxation issues.  This is why we monitor his meeting schedule....  -dh

  FURTHER SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN SHALLOW WATER REGIME  
 
     
     
     

On May 29, 2015, CNH unveiled further significant modifications to the shallow water terms.  

On May 12, 2015, the initial terms for onshore blocks were also announced.

At the same time, the terms for the areas allocated to PEMEX are also known.  

This means that we now have considerable information about Mexican petroleum terms. 

On June 15 – 16, 2015 in Mexico City we will have a work shop providing an independent analysis and evaluation of these offshore and onshore terms.  This work shop will be beneficial for all those interested in investing in Mexico’s petroleum industry.

Click here  for more information about this work shop.

Best regards,
Pedro van Meurs
President, Van Meurs Corporation
PO Box CR-56766 # 1261
Nassau, Bahamas

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:                            Contact: Emily Schillinger ~202.224.6441

June 3, 2015                                              Emily_Schillinger@Barrasso.Senate.Gov

 

Barrasso Highlights How the Final

WOTUS Rule is Even Worse Than Draft Rule

Calls for Passage of Bipartisan Federal Water Quality Protection Act

 

Click here to watch Sen. Barrasso’s speech.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent release of the final “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule.

 

Barrasso also highlighted his bipartisan legislation, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act (S. 1140). The bill would direct the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to issue a revised “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule that protects traditional navigable water from water pollution, while also protecting farmers, ranchers and private landowners.

 

Excerpts of his remarks:

 

“Last week, our nation observed Memorial Day –we paid tribute to the sacrifices that so many Americans have made to preserve our freedoms.

 

“Also last week, while members of Congress were back home, the Obama administration snuck out a new rule that takes away freedom—it takes away freedom from Americans all across the country.

 

“The Environmental Protection Agency released the final version of a new rule that will dramatically increase the agency’s power, and will devastate Americans’ ability to use their own property and their own water.

 

“With this rule, President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency overreaches and ignores the American people.

 

“The rule is an attempt—an attempt to change the definition of what the Clean Water Act calls ‘waters of the United States.’

 

“There is bipartisan agreement that Washington bureaucrats have gone way beyond their authority with this new regulation.

 

“They’ve written this rule so broadly – and with so much uncertainty – that it’s not clear if there are any limits on this agency’s power.

 

“Now I agree with what the chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee has to say—he wrote it in an op-ed that appeared yesterday.

 

“The Senator from Oklahoma, Senator Inhofe, Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee wrote: ‘Not only does this final rule break promises EPA has made, but it claims federal powers even beyond what EPA originally proposed a year ago. This will drastically affect – for the worse – the ability of many Americans to use and enjoy their property.’ 

 

“Then it defines tributaries to include any place where you can see an ‘ordinary high water mark’ or what looks like it was once the bank of a creek, a creek body of water. What looks like—not what is—but what looks like.

 

“Under the rule, the Environmental Protection Agency can regulate something as ‘waters of the United States’ if it falls within a 100-year floodplain of a navigable water. Not navigable water today, but anything within a 100-year floodplain of a navigable water.

 

“The rule says the agency has to find a ‘significant nexus’ to navigable water.

 

“So what’s a significant nexus to the EPA? Well, the agency gets to make up its own definition.

 

“They say it includes something as simple as finding that the water provides ‘life cycle dependent aquatic habitat’ for a species that spends part of its time in a navigable water. 

 

“All of these terms are things that Washington bureaucrats are defining for themselves.

 

“They decide for themselves that they have the authority.

 

“So let’s say your property is within 4,000 feet of anything the Environmental Protection Agency decides is a tributary, and your property has a natural pond – or some standing water after heavy rain.

 

“And let’s say a bird that spends part of its life on the Colorado River decides to hang out near that natural pond, or that standing water that occurred on your property after it rained. 

 

“Under this new regulation, the Environmental Protection Agency now has the power to regulate what you do on that land.

 

“It’s bad enough that this administration has taken this extraordinary step. It’s bad enough that it tried to sneak out its rule hoping that nobody was paying attention over the Memorial Day time at home.

 

“There are now reports that the Obama administration may have broken the law. 

 

“Here’s what the New York Times reported on May 18, under the headline, front page of the New York Times, ‘Critics Hear E.P.A.’s Voice in Public Comments.’

 

“This was an article, front page New York Times, about the public comments that government agencies have to collect when they propose new regulations like this one they’ve done on the waters of the U.S.

 

“The comment period is supposed to be an opportunity for people who might be harmed by the rules to have their say.

 

“Well, according to this front page article in the New York Times, the Environmental Protection Agency has twisted the public comments requirement into its own private government funded spin machine.

 

“The article says: ‘In a campaign that tests the limits of federal lobbying law, the agency orchestrated a drive to counter political opposition from Republicans and enlist public support in concert with liberal environmental groups and a grass-roots organization aligned with President Obama.’

 

“This government agency ignored negative comments by Americans who were concerned about the law, who were hurt by the law.

 

“Then it used taxpayer dollars to lobby liberal groups ‘to flood the agency with positive comments,’ that’s not me, that’s what’s written in the New York Times.

 

“These were the same phony, ginned up comments it used to justify the dramatic overreach of its new regulations.

 

“It’s incredible, it’s unacceptable, and I believe, it’s illegal.

 

“The Environmental Protection Agency would rather skew public comments in its favor, than acknowledge the real concerns that Americans and members of Congress have with this destructive rule.

 

“These are the concerns of farmers, of ranchers, of hard working families, small businesses across the country.

 

“There was an interesting column in U.S. News and World Report last Friday.

 

“The headline was ‘Stop Terrorizing Main Street.’

 

“The column talked about the damage that all this red tape can do to small businesses.

 

“It says: ‘when the EPA jumps up and yells ‘boo,’ entrepreneurs cringe. They withdraw. They feel anxious and reconsider plans to start or expand a business. This is bad for our economy.’

 

“Well, I believe they’re exactly right.

 

“That’s what Washington does with the uncertainty and the overreach of rules like this one.

 

“It’s bad for the economy –it does nothing to improve the quality of our water, or the quality of our life.

 

“There is universal agreement in this country that we should protect America’s navigable waters.

 

“There is also bipartisan agreement on the best ways for Washington to help do that.

 

“This isn’t just Republicans against President Obama.

 

“This is Republicans and Democrats working to protect America’s waterways – and President Obama working instead to expand the power of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats.

 

“Here’s how the newspaper The Hill reported it last Thursday, with an article headlined ‘Democrats buck Obama on water rule.’

 

“The article says: ‘Dozens of congressional Democrats are joining Republicans to back legislation blocking the Obama administration’s new rule to redefine its jurisdiction over the nation’s waterways.’

 

“It’s talking about my bill, a bill called the Federal Water Quality Protection Act.

 

“The bill has 30 co-sponsors in the Senate – Democrats and Republicans alike.

 

“A similar bill in the House actually passed with the support of 24 Democrats and every Republican.

 

“So what does the administration have to say to the dozens of Democrats in Congress – the 24 Democrats who voted against the administration? To the millions of Americans – who are concerned about this new regulation?

 

“According to the article in The Hill, President Obama’s top environmental adviser said, this is of the Democrats who voted for this, ‘The only people with reason to oppose the rule are polluters...’

 

“So the president believes that the 24 Democrats that voted to support, and the Democrats in the Senate who voted to cosponsor my legislation, are polluters who want to threaten our clean water.

 

“That’s what the White House thinks of these Democrats in Congress.

 

“That’s what the White House thinks of anyone who dares to suggest that this rule is bureaucratic overreach. Such arrogance.

 

“Well, there are a lot of Americans – Democrats and Republicans – who are not going to be intimidated by the Obama administration’s power grab, or its name-calling.

 

“The Obama administration has ignored the strong bipartisan consensus against this rule – and it’s once again, taking its own, radical approach.

 

“Instead of moving forward with a rule that fails to represent the interests of many Americans, we should act immediately to pass this bipartisan Federal Water Quality Protection Act.

 

“This legislation says Yes to clean water – and No to extreme bureaucracy.

 

“It will protect America’s waterways, while keeping Washington’s hands off of things that it has no business regulating.

 

“The Environmental Protection Agency would have to consult with the states –to make sure that we’ve got the approach that works best everywhere, not just the approach that Washington likes best.

 

“They would not be able to just listen to the echo chamber of phony comments concocted by their own lobbying campaign.

 

“Now this bill gives certainty and clarity to farmers, to hardworking ranchers, to small business owners and their families.

 

“It makes sure that people can continue to enjoy the beautiful rivers and the lakes that should be preserved and protected.

 

“This bipartisan bill protects Americans from runaway bureaucracy—unaccountable, unelected.

 

“It restores Washington’s attention to the traditional waters that were always the focus before.

 

“The American people don’t need more bureaucratic overreach. We don’t need more red tape.

 

“Congress should act immediately to stop this outrageous regulation before it goes into effect.

 

“The Senate should take up and pass this bipartisan Federal Water Quality Protection Act.”

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National Energy Board can't afford the calibre of staff it needs,pipeline group warns
CEPA represents natural gas and oil pipeline companies across Canada, while the NEB is 90 percent funded by levies on the industry.
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6-2-15 New Alaska North Slope Discoveries!

02 June 2015 9:32am

Rebecca Logan, Alaska Support Industry Alliance, Armstrong, North Slope Discoveries, Dave Harbour PhotoNEW Alaskan Discoveries Are Significant: See TODAY'S NEWS!  (Note: we thank Rebecca Logan {NGP Photo}, Alliance General Manager, for alerting us to this important announcement!)


Robert Dillon, US Senate Energy Committee, Lisa Murkowski, Keystone XL, Photo by Dave Harbour

Keystone XL Commentary by Robert Dillon (NGP Photo), U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee


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British Columbia's energy projects lure companies stung by Alberta downturn
Still, all of the LNG terminals proposed for the British Columbia coast remain in the planning stage while gas and crude- oil pipeline projects face ...
 
 
Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion could cost Canada $22.1B, says SFU study
"Investing some $20 billion in potentially empty pipeline space imposes a very large cost on Canada, to the oil and gas sector, to the Canadian public ...
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 11:00 AM, in room 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a legislative hearing on the following bill:

  • H.R. 2387 Don Young, Alaska Congressman, Native veterans, Photo by Dave Harbour(Rep. Don Young, NGP Photo), To amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide for equitable allotment of land to Alaska Native veterans.

 

 

 
 
 
 

Armstrong Announces Significant Discoveries on the North Slope of Alaska

June 02, 2015 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--70 & 148, LLC (Armstrong) announced today the successful completion of the 2014/2015 winter campaign.

“These new discoveries show the immense potential that still exists on the North Slope of Alaska”

Two Nanushuk wells were tested this year, including the Qugruk 8 (Q-8) vertical well, which tested a small portion of the net pay zone and flowed 30 degree API gravity crude at rates of up to 2,160 barrels of oil per day (BOPD). The Qugruk 301 (Q-301), two miles north of Q-8, tested a 2,000 foot horizontal lateral. The well flowed at tubing constrained rates as high as 4,600 BOPD with minimal bottom hole pressure drawdown.

In the East Alpine field, two new penetrations were completed in the Alpine Formation, adding to the previous two penetrations. Three of these wells have encountered oil productive Alpine sand in excess of 95 feet thick at a depth of 6500 feet with porosities ranging from 15% to 25%. Well control and seismic data indicates the oil pool covers an area in excess of 15,000 acres.

The successful drilling program is the result of a joint exploration effort underway since 2012. Repsol operates the consortium and holds a 70% interest, Armstrong holds a 22.5% stake and GMT Exploration Company has 7.5%.

The activity to date since the beginning of exploration has resulted in the discovery of several oil fields on the North Slope of Alaska. All 16 wells (including sidetracks) drilled by the consortium have found hydrocarbons, most with multiple pay zones. In the Nanushuk reservoir, the consortium has drilled seven appraisal wells to date and has proven an oil pool that covers more than 25,000 acres, at a depth of 4,100 feet, with an oil column of 650+ feet, and up to 150 feet of net pay with an average porosity of 22%.

Although additional drilling is needed to confirm the ultimate size of some discoveries, this season’s results justify moving forward with development, and two of the fields are in the process of being permitted for development -- one in the Nanushuk and another in the Alpine Fm.

“These new discoveries show the immense potential that still exists on the North Slope of Alaska,” said Bill Armstrong, President of Armstrong Oil & Gas. “We strongly believe that there are many great conventional oil projects yet to be found and developed in Alaska, and with the passage of the More Alaska Production Act (SB 21), the state has encouraged new drilling and future developments.”

 
 
 
 
 
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The HillFrench official says climate deal should bypass
 

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Financial PostThe great HF revolution paradox
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International Business Times: HF Resumes in Denton
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In November of last year, voters in Denton, Texas sent the oil and gas industry packing, passing with a 58 percent majority a referendum banning fracking within city limits. But now the frackers are back. Last week, Colorado-based Vantage Energy began operations — legally.
 
NBC DFW3 arrested in Denton HF protest
The return of fracking came with protests and arrests in Denton. On Monday morning, three members of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group, also known as Frack Free Denton, were arrested by police on criminal trespassing charges.
 
Fierce EnergyDOE driving tribal clean energy in Alaska
The Department of Energy (DOE) is giving select Alaska Native villages assistance to implement President Obama's Climate Action Plan through the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program, which provides federally-recognized Alaska Native corporations' governments with technical assistance to accelerate tribal clean energy projects and initiatives.
 
FuelFixNew lawsuit filed against seven-year-old Arctic drilling auction
A 2008 government sale of Arctic drilling leases to Shell and other companies is set to face fresh scrutiny in the federal courts, with a dozen environmental and Alaskan groups preparing to file a new challenge to the auction.
 
Associated PressCelebrity make splash with Calif. drought awareness
Cher, another Malibu resident, has also let her grass go brown and has talked about the water shortage on Twitter. In a post last month, she complained California used fresh water for fracking. "We’re in a catastrophic drought, water means life??" she wrote. "We can’t drink oil."
 
Associated Press: HF halt sought in N.W. New Mexico
Environmental groups Monday renewed their call to end hydraulic fracturing in northwestern New Mexico as part of an ongoing battle over oil and natural gas development and the protection of cultural and archaeological sites. The groups delivered a letter to the Bureau of Land Management in Farmington, saying increased development has led to more truck traffic and dozens of new well pads during the last year, and that is harming the region that includes Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
 
E&E NewsCourt keeps activists out of HF lawsuit
The Colorado Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a lower court's decision that the grass-roots group East Boulder County United had no legal right to intervene in a lawsuit between the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the Front Range city of Lafayette, which passed a fracking ban in 2013.
 
Post IndependentNo oil and gas in North Fork Valley
Most here feel that oil and gas development simply does not fit into the lands where we live, grow our food, have our businesses and recreate. If oil and gas development is to happen in some places, we need to see other places removed from the threat of it happening there in the future. We want to have a say and direct input into how, where, if and when this activity occurs.
 
Associated PressNatural gas drilling on upswing in Lincoln Parish
A Texas energy company has purchased or leased about 71,000 acres in and around Lincoln Parish, where it is operating as many as eight rigs with plans for perhaps 10 more by the end of the year. The News-Star reports Memorial Resource Development Corp. of Houston is drilling for natural gas and natural gas liquids.
 
Morning Journal News: Drilling severance tax off the budget table, House speaker says
Any plans to raise the state tax on shale gas production and earmarking some of the proceeds for counties impacted by the drilling boom appear to be on hold, at least for now. That was the message delivered by someone who should know - Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger - who was among state legislators attending a forum held Monday and hosted by state Rep. Tim Ginter.
 
Columbus Business FirstOhio shale gas production up in 2015, but growth slowing
Natural gas production increased more than 11 percent during the first three months of 2015 compared with the previous three months. Gas production had increased by 25 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the third, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
 
American City Business JournalsOhio shale gas output rose 11% in Q1, regulator says
Natural gas production in Ohio's Utica Shale in the first quarter rose over 11% from the previous quarter to 183.6 billion cubic feet, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The figures indicate a slower output growth than that of the fourth quarter of last year, when production increased by 25% from the third quarter.
 
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAnalyst: Proposed Pa. severance tax would be highest among gas-producing states
Pennsylvania would have the highest severance tax rate among seven natural gas-producing states if it adopts Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed severance tax on shale gas production, state Independent Fiscal Office Director Matthew Knittel said Monday at a joint hearing held by state Senate committees on environmental resources, energy and finance. The tax rate for both value and volume of output should average about 7.3% after the end of the decade, Knittel said. He added that about 80% of the tax would be paid by consumers outside of the state.
 
Patriot-News: Pa. severance tax would be highest among natural gas states, report says
Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed severance tax would take Pennsylvania from last place to first among major gas-producing states in taxing the extraction of natural gas, according to the Independent Fiscal Office. In testimony before a Senate committee Monday, IFO Director Matthew Knittel said the effective tax rate after all state taxes are accounted for would be 7.3 percent. Neighboring states like Ohio and West Virginia levy taxes of 0.8 and 5 percent, respectively, while Texas' taxes range from 3.1 to 3.5 percent.
 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Proposed severance tax would be paid by out-of-state consumers, agency says
Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax on shale gas would shift Pennsylvania from having the lowest to the highest effective severance tax rate among seven major gas-producing states, but most of the tax likely would be paid by out-of-state consumers, the head of Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office testified on Monday. Matthew Knittel, director of the non-partisan office that provides budget analysis, gave the new assessment of the tax during a joint hearing of the state Senate’s energy and finance committees.
 
Patriot-News: HF, severance tax issues will dominate Senate hearings
Questions about how Pennsylvania regulates and taxes the natural gas industry will dominate two Senate hearings, including the vetting of Gov. Tom Wolf's environmental secretary pick. On Monday, the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy committee will scrutinize the governor's proposed 5 percent tax on natural gas drillers. The following day, the same panel will consider the nomination of John Quigley to run the Department of Environmental Protection.
 
Legal IntelligencerWolf creates natural gas pipeline task force
Pennsylvania is missing an even bigger opportunity for a return on Marcellus Shale drilling due to an inadequate system of pipelines, business officials have repeatedly said. Now Gov. Tom Wolf has formed the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force to help coordinate thousands of miles of additional pipeline needed to take advantage of all the markets for the shale gas.
 
Associated PressVa. panel recommends new HF regulations
A Virginia advisory panel is recommending that energy companies disclose the chemical ingredients they use in horizontal fracking, a type of natural gas drilling that has spawned environmental concerns. The proposal is among 14 recommendations that have been sent to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for review.
 
Charleston Daily MailDavid McKinley: Connecting the dots on regulations
Too much of anything is a bad thing. If you plug too many appliances into an outlet, it will blow a fuse. If you overload a boat, it will sink.
 
Orlando Sentinel: Advocate: Fla. can lead on energy
Central Florida faces stronger storms and population surges due to global warming, an advocate warns. Florida trails the nation in promoting renewable energy, says an advocate for more action on climate change. Promoting renewable and more-efficient energy won't kill jobs — it'll create them, and advocate says.

 


Keystone Commentary and Status Report

by

Robert Dillon

U.S. Senate and Natural Resources Committee

Keystone – Four (More) Months and Counting

Just wanted to bring to your attention that today marks four full months since the State Department’s deadline for interagency comments on the Keystone XL pipeline.

We’re sure that like all of us, you’re shocked – shocked! – that the project remains stranded in completely arbitrary regulatory purgatory.  And by that we mean, not shocked in the slightest.

In mid-January, during the Senate debate on bipartisan legislation to approve the cross-border permit for this long-delayed pipeline, the State Department announced a deadline of February 2 for interagency comments on whether it would be in the national interest. 

The Washington Post reported that as a result of this “tight deadline” the Department was “picking up the process where it suspended it last spring.”  And the State Department confirmed on February 4th that it had received comments from all eight relevant agencies.   

So, what has happened over the past four months?  By all appearances, a whole lot of nothing. The State Department could have spent two full weeks on the comments submitted by each agency. (We wish we had that sort of time to meander through our daily work.) Yet Keystone XL remains in limbo due to an administration that won’t make a decision.

The Keystone XL pipeline’s cross-border permit has now been stranded for more than 2,447 days and counting. The president has dismissed the project as a “single oil pipeline.” And the Quadrennial Energy Review spent hundreds of pages diagnosing our nation’s energy infrastructure needs and challenges. 

Somewhere along the way, you’d think that President Obama would make a final decision on Keystone XL, instead of validating the Senate’s decision to start the 114th Congress with a bipartisan bill on this subject. You’d think thepresident would recognize the project’s potential for job creation in a still-struggling economy. 

You’d think he would recognize that pipelines are a safe, clean, and efficient option for transporting the energy that America needs in an increasingly unstable world. But at four (more) months and counting, you’d be wrong.

CNN: As Keystone vote looms, it's crunch time for federal agencies to weigh in

By Kevin Bohn, CNN

Updated 1:28 PM ET, Sun January 18, 2015

Washington (CNN) – With the Senate expected to vote soon on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, the State Department is now giving eight federal agencies two weeks to weigh in on it.

The State Department on Friday notified those agencies have only until February 2 "to provide their views on the national interest with regard to the Keystone XL Pipeline permit application," a department official told CNN Saturday, adding that the department "continues its review" (More....)


 

 
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5-22-15 EPA Broke The Law When It Preemptively Attacked the Pebble Project.

22 May 2015 6:31am

Many friends of
"Alaska's Diplomat", Chuck Becker, have commented on the important life he led, including his energy industry understanding.  (Note: we will remove or edit any comments at the request of commenters.  -dh)


Canada's Fraser Institute analyzes how US loss of freedom affects economic recovery...and wonders how Alberta's new government will affect energy industry vitality.


 EPA's Pebble Blame Game

Wall Street Journal
(Write "Pebble" and/or "Federal Overreach" and/or "Rule of Law" in our NGP Google search engine, upper right.  You will find our many references, like this one, to the Pebble project.  We are grateful to the Wall Street Journal and Ms. Strassel for these excerpts and for airing this matter so well in today's issue.  We also appreciate alert readers like Dan Kish in Washington D.C. for alerting us first thing.  -dh)

By 

KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL

May 21, 2015 7:24 p.m. ET

Government agencies have a certain descending order of excuses....  (Subscribe and read full WSJ article here.)

The EPA has a problem: its pre-emptive veto of the Pebble Mine, a proposed project in southwest Alaska. The law says that Pebble gets to apply for permits, and the Army Corps of Engineers gets to give thumbs up or down. The EPA, a law unto itself, instead last year blocked the proposal before applications were even filed. The agency claims .... (More....)

This column reported a week ago on EPA documents that tell a very different story. They reveal the existence of an internal EPA “options paper” that make clear the agency opposed the mine on ideological grounds and had already decided to veto it in the spring of 2010—well before it did any “science.” Emails showed an EPA biologist, Phil North..., (More....)

None of this looks good, and in a nearby letter EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran is already bringing up semantics. According to the EPA—and other environmental groups now picking up the same line—the agency didn’t “veto” the project, but ....

In a conversation with me last week, Mr. McLerran also turned to the “underlings did it” excuse. Asked about the options paper ....  It is a preliminary document, done by lower level staff.”

On June 7, 2010, Michael Szerlog, manager in the EPA region’s aquatics resources unit.... The message mentions Mr. McLerran....  (More....)

On June 15Kendra Tyler, special assistant in Mr. McLerran’s office, wrote to EPA staff: “I know that Dennis would like a briefing on the options paper soon . . .” On June 30, Mr. North emailed colleagues to explain that: “The only time the RA [Regional Administrator] is available to discuss the options paper before he visits Bristol Bay is Thursday . . . ” Later that day, Matthew Magorrian, also in the regional office, told a big group of EPA employees that “DM already has draft of options paper.”

...the list of EPA employees who make up the core group discussing the options paper are not a bunch of low-level chemists and permit writers. ...Mike Bussell, then the director of the EPA’s Office of Water and Watersheds in Seattle; David Allnutt, then acting regional counsel; Linda Anderson-Carnahan, then acting associate director of environmental cleanup; Tami Fordham, then policy adviser. Mr. McLerran says no “key decision makers” saw the options paper. ... (More....)

Several of those included in these email chains would go on to take active roles in performing the EPA’s “watershed assessment” of the mine project. Ms. Fordham is listed as a contributor, as is an EPA officer named Richard Parkin. ... Mr. McLerran says “key decision makers” decided to perform three years of “science” on Pebble. But it turns out those doing the science were those who had already decided to block the mine.

The EPA offered this statement on Thursday: “It is a normal part of EPA’s deliberative decision making....” (More....)

The EPA is worried because it is getting blowback that goes beyond public disapproval of its abuse of power. In November a court ordered ....  The agency is right to be worried; its Pebble veto is a scandal.  (More....)


Fraser Institute lends understanding to Canadian and US economies and energy industries.  Here are recent reports:

 


Here is how we memorialized the passing yesterday morning of our great friend, Chuck Becker.  Because of his work ethic, kindness, patience, diligence and patriotic labor in support of Alaska and the nation, we discovered the breadth and depth of the public comments made on various web pages.  We are delighted to assemble these for the convenience of friends and family so that they might live on in our Northern Gas Pipeline archives:

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5-14-15 UN Climate Chief Against Oil, Against Capitalism

13 May 2015 11:22am

"Useful Idiots"


Published this morning: our MASTER RESOURCE Op-ed: "Seattle Hearing on Shell's Arctic Rig Docking: A Clash of Visions"


UN Climate Change Chief, Christiana Figueres: Against Capitalism and Against Shell's Arctic Exploration 


See earlier reports this week on Seattle's port hearing regarding the Staging of Shell's summer exploration in the Arctic

Investors Business Daily.  At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

"This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution," she said.  

Politico.  United Nations climate change chief Christiana Figueres on Wednesday questioned the wisdom of Shell's quest to drill in the Arctic.  "There is an increasing amount of analysis that points to the fact that we will have to keep the great majority of fossil fuel reserves underground (Note: one of the talking points in several enviro presentations in Seattle on Tuesday.  -dh), and there’s increasing amount of analysis that points to the increased danger ... of high-cost carbon investments," Figueres, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, told reporters.  

  

 

 


 

"Useful Idiots"

by

Dave Harbour

Today we fearlessly define the role and character of 'useful idiots', expose their masters and shatter the innocence of those who continually ask, "why would they do that?" 

As in the case of the Seattle hearing earlier this week, we often see the liberal element of our society acting in character: loud, defiant, rude, intolerant, highly emotional and quick to cite assumptions without much factual basis.  

Above, we quoted Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change in connection with the Seattle hearing.  She commented on Shell's exploration plan and her talking points mirrored those heard in the hearing

She confirmed that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

More on Figueres here.

They will often demonize their prey and take illegal shortcuts as they pursue their ends via any means.

Who are the world's current army of useful idiots?

  • These are the fresh faced, idealistic Australian "volunteers" who trespass on legal, oceangoing vessels to protest their oil exploration missions.
  • These are the selfish who would print money to overspend now for their own comfort at the expense of their children who will pay the bill one unjust way or another.
  • These are forest activists whose handiwork produces forest fires by politically fighting sustained yield forestry and who injure the loggers by 'spiking' trees.  
  • These are city park "occupiers"  advocating anarchy while looting nearby stores and leaving piles of human waste and trash for honest citizens to clean up later.  
  • These are avowed socialists, advocating dictatorship and economic slavery by taxing a business to transfer wealth to, "green industry", true believers.  
  • These are politicians who have developed wealth transfer into a lucrative profession.
  • These are litigants who would introduce a cake maker or photographer to bankruptcy or jail for politely declining to support a wedding ceremony.  
  • These are atheists, secularists and alternative religious fanatics who would erase the Christian heritage of America by forcing removal of all reference to Christ from public dialog and public places.
  • These are global warming (a.k.a. "climate change") devotees who use devious techniques with religious fervor as a means to achieving their end -- eliminating opposition.
  • These are those whose livelihood is based on creating racial or gender or religious or patriotic mistrust, bias and unrest where there was none.
  • These are politicians advocating a weaker military and a more robust welfare state.
  • These are school administrators who don't support teachers attempting to enforce order in a classroom and teachers who infuse their own liberal philosophies into lesson plans of every subject, from physics, to biology, English, history, economics and political science.
  • These agitators will oppose without meritorious argument the construction of major projects, such as the Keystone Pipeline.
  • These geniuses will burn to the ground the only pharmacy or convenience store in a ghetto to protest the lack of jobs in the ghetto.
  • These will picket or boycott a restaurant whose management proclaims devotion to Christian values.
  • These will picket and interrupt commerce and traffic in support of a government-ordered "Minimum Wage" as thousands of entry level, teen aged employees and senior citizens face layoffs, restaurant closings and non-human automation.
  • These will support amnesty for trespassing, criminal, disease carrying and otherwise illegal aliens whose own countries would incarcerate or execute Americans who attempted illegal entry...and whose immigration programs are only open to healthy investors, fixed income retirees or professionals with talents to offer.
  • These are those who are quick to criticize and demonize America's founding Christian principles while demeaning those who might in any way criticize an alien religion that is abhorrent to America's constitutional values and the intent of the country's founders.
  • These others would wrap their climate change/global warming vocations/avocations in a mantel of religious fervor, absent the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Creator, of course.
  • These are the ones who would use, not their own, but taxpayer dollars to subsidize unqualified homebuyers or uneconomic green company supporters in return for political support.
  • These are that flank of the movement that would disarm America as the bureaucracy gains power.

Most of these seem highly dedicated to some cause.  

All are on a stage.   

Their acting performances are near flawless, because they are not merely actors on this stage of life and political action: they are true believers: housewives, students, professors, retirees, group activists, religious activists, political operatives.

And most align themselves with the Democrat Party in the United States or, more honestly, with "liberal" or "socialist" or "communist" parties in other countries.  (Some of us can remember having good friends and colleagues who labeled themselves, "conservative democrats".  Try to find one now who will not vote lockstep with the mainstream democrats on most issues.)

To those controling these intricate productions, to those who write the scripts, choreograph the action, design preprinted picket signs, create and coordinate talking points with the democrat/socialist/environmental networks and finance the productions -- to those who manipulate them -- the real life actors are very useful idiots.

Follow the money and power.  The result of all of the misguided, unAmerican actions above is to shift money and power -- and votes -- from producers in a free society to beneficiaries of a fascist bureaucracy.

Fate of the useful idiots may not be what they expected.

Tragedy might await useful idiots.  When the manipulators achieve power through the labor of the many constituent groups, their faithful environmental or social or political advocates will be expendable.  

This is because following the accumulation of complete power, the liberal idealists, the useful idiots, will have no option but to support and vote for the fascist manipulators.  Just ask liberal minorities how their brothers and sisters in Chinese or ISIS territory or Cuba are treated.  And how did they fare under Roman, Turkish, Nazi, Soviet, RussianPol Pot or Boko Haram rule?  

If useful idiots in America reflect on this history, they would join Christian prayer groups.  They would carry the American Flag in parades, promote the Constitution and eject leftist philosophies whose end can only be to enslave the idiots who enable it.

Which of the countries hyperlinked above would provide the security, safety, rule of law, freedom, true hope and opportunity enjoyed by our past generations?

But what about mainstream, traditional, conservative, patriotic America in a fascist environment?

Those opposed to the manipulation will have already been dealt with: forced into bankruptcy, intimidated, monitored, investigated, jailed, or otherwise neutralized.  It is now happening before our eyes.

The IRS abuses us, is not punished and its offenders given princely retirements and bonuses.  The VA abuses veterans, is not punished and its offenders given princely retirements and bonuses.  The Attorney General selectively enforces the law and encourages racial strife.  The White House co-habits with tax cheats and employed one as Treasury Secretary.  And, so much more....

I am often amazed when the federal government denies a permit, promulgates a terrible new regulation or vetoes a logical law that some of my friends still ask in wonderment: "Why would they do that?"

I always suggest that friends might find the answer by considering the manipulators of that result to be very smart, logical and serious.  One should then consider the movement of money and power in connection with that particular issue and suddenly the very clear but evil strategy is revealed.

Who are the manipulators of useful idiots?

What is that mysterious cabal of government, environmental and corporate manipulators?

The Manipulators:

Christine Figueres let the cat out of the bag.  

She is certainly one of the manipulators, using her "climate change" position of authority in the United Nations to disseminate global warming/climate change propaganda used by her faithful followers.  

And faithful her followers are, in spite of her organization's having used unprincipled tactics (i.e. 1, 2, ) to promote her ultimate goal of "destroying capitalism".

One guesses that the desirable end result of her work would be to put the UN firmly in charge of its various world units in a new world order -- though other world dictators might have a more selfish reason for bringing down the world's largest free economy.

In any case, we refrain from speculating further as to precise plans.

All we have to go on now is what we believe in a court of law to be a powerful case of circumstantial evidence, combined with the occasional admission such as that of Ms. Figueres, quoted above.

However, when we note the dozens of White House visits of some of the favored ones noted column right; when we note lack of prosecution of guilty allies; when we note the use of federal power to attack political opponents; and, when we see before our eyes the long tradition of due process fading into history: then, we know change is on the way.  No, change is here.

And we know for certain that such change does not bode well for freedom, constitutional principals, the rule of law, free enterprise, traditional values, our Christian culture, our history, our Founders' dreams, our childrens' hopes and opportunities, peace in the world, or security at home. 

What is the solution?

Already, we see change is inevitable.  The question is how extreme will it get.

When the majority of Americans vote for the sort of change described herein --and they have -- change has already occurred.

When great companies like Wal-Mart and General Electric have already laid tribute at the alter of various politically correct, carbon tax, climate change, socialist and/or environmentally extreme NGOs -- change has already occurred.

When the military's traditions have been emasculated, Bibles banned, Christianity abused, General and Flag officers replaced with agreeable operatives in uniform -- then we know change has already occurred.

When we see an Administration that backs down from a red line in Syria, how can we expect for it to support allies engaged in Asian island disputes with China; with mano a mano disputes between Russia and NATO allies; with the Iranian fleet testing our Yemen resolve; with Middle Eastern jihadists threatening our Israeli, Jordanian, Saudi and other allies; with jihadists establishing training camps throughout the United States; with Russians taking more and more command of Arctic resources and waterways?

What is the solution; what should we do?

Well, the thing the United States of America is not doing as a nation and the majority of its people are not doing as individuals, is kneeling before our Master and Creator, vowing allegiance, requesting forgiveness, giving thanks, asking for guidance and protection as his children.

The most important thing we could do are those things listed above.  Our Founders did and were led to miraculous victory--not unlike Joshua of old.

By taking the same approach, we expose ourselves and our Nation to a state of grace, to the unequaled power of our God.  We will be led to elect good people to public office and to find hope where now there is only the specter of disaster, destruction.  That is the solution.

We will keep faith with our Founders who, in turn, found God's guidance and protection real, everlasting and irreplaceable.  And they warned future generations that only by continued allegiance to the creator and the founding principles could we hope to see the nation survive future challenges.  That is what we should do.

Yes, this webpage is about energy.  But energy is a part of and will be controlled by the big, orchestrated changes now occurring.  Presently, those changes do not look well for a free and productive private sector.  And while we do not have ministerial training, we would be compelled by history and logic to this conclusion -- even were we not compelled by faith.

Unless we face the major issue -- reliance on Holy God -- no industry, no state, no employment, no nation, no family, no future is secure from the dedicated and evil networks organized against and poised to change our way of life.

In that somber change, sadly, we can believe -- unless we are willing to change ourselves.

Adieu.

 

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