Save the Planet? Try Fossil Fuels First
Robert J. Bradley, Jr., Inside Sources, September 23, 2019
It’s time to panic, says Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne. The British royal fears that climate change could threaten our very existence unless the international community develops a sweeping plan to slash carbon-dioxide emissions. He recently warned, “the next 18 months will decide our ability to keep climate change to survivable levels.” Stateside, calls for a Green New Deal, premised on a looming climate crisis, have turned one of America’s two major political parties against all fossil fuels, even natural gas. But Democrats fail to mention that economic freedom, human ingenuity and affordable energy have done much to minimize the adverse effects of weather extremes and climate change. Climate-related deaths, in fact, have fallen 95 percent globally in the last century. And the United States has curbed carbon emissions by scaling up our reliance on natural gas. Global carbon-dioxide emissions have risen 50 percent in the last 30 years, but U.S. emissions hover near 30-year lows.
Our Take: While natural gas consumed by power plants rose 77 percent from 2005 to 2016, carbon emissions dropped almost 25 percent.
Democrat Slams Ocasio-Cortez’s Fracking Claim: ‘We Do Ourselves No Favors When We Ignore Science’
Jason Hopkins, The Daily Caller, September 23, 2019
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez visited a “fracking” site in Colorado and tweeted out a video that purported to show it was releasing toxic emissions.
- However, several hydraulic fracturing experts noted that no fracking was actually taking place at the rig, and that the camera was not showing emissions, but heat signatures.
- A Democratic politician tweeted back at Ocasio-Cortez, telling her that “we do ourselves no favors” when Democrats deny facts and science.
Our Take: We have yet to see this reported anywhere in the mainstream media.
Valdez and environmental law group both ask more time to comment on draft EIS
Larry Persily, Oil and Gas News Briefs, September 23, 2019
The city of Valdez, which wants to see the Alaska LNG terminal built in its community rather than Nikiski, and an environmental legal organization have filed separate requests with federal regulators asking additional time to comment on the draft environmental impact statement for the project. Unless the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission changes the deadline, public comments on the draft EIS are due Oct. 3. The 3,800-page environmental review was issued June 28, and FERC held public meetings Sept. 9-12 in eight communities across Alaska to accept comments on the draft. Valdez and Trustees for Alaska, an Anchorage-based environmental law group reviewing the EIS for several clients, asked in separate filings that FERC extend the comment deadline 30 days past the closing date or 30 days after the state project team submits the last of detailed information requested by FERC, whichever is later.