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National ‘Ban Fracking’ Activist Groups Hide Behind Kids in Oil and Gas Lawsuit

For national activist groups, “signing up multiple children to be plaintiffs in the various lawsuits” is consistent with their age-old tactic of deploying children as visual aids and training children to lobby their agenda.

Chevron pivots to Permian shale as mega-project era fades | Reuters

Within a decade, Watson expects Chevron's production in the Permian to grow eightfold to more than 700,000 barrels of oil per day. By the end of next year, nine drilling rigs will join the 11 that Chevron already has poking holes into Permian land.

NRDC Swings . . . and Misses | Institute for 21st Century Energy

At its most fundamental level, reducing carbon dioxide emissions from energy is a technology challenge, which is why we here at the Energy Institute put heavy emphasis on developing new technologies. We recognize that unless and until alternate technologies can compete with traditional fuels on cost, performance, and scalability, they will not be used commercially to a great degree. That’s why, unlike NRDC, we’ll continue to support policies designed to lower the cost of alternative energy rather than raising the cost of traditional energy.

Why Is Asia Returning to Coal? | The Diplomat

As China deals with a slowing economy and India tries to keep up with the demands of a fast-growing and increasingly affluent population, the only way to reconcile energy demands with public outcry over emissions and pollution is by finding cost-effective ways of integrating low-emissions coal technology into their power infrastructure.

North Dakota oil output set to rise as controversial pipeline opens | Reuters

The state's drilling rig count has jumped 40 percent since early February, when Trump gave final approval to the pipeline. By the end of the year, analysts expect the rig count to rise another 10 percent or more.

One Thousand Years From Now We'll Still Be Burning Coal

Yet, because there aren't any realistic options to completely replace it, coal use is bound to continue (unless people agree to go without electricity).  In the best case scenario for the climate, worldwide coal use will continue to slowly decline, but it won't go away, and it won't be enough to make any sizable dent in global greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy security requires not going 'green' - Washington Times

In Germany, the world leader in green energy, electricity prices have now reached a level triple those paid in the United States.

Can U.S. Shale Add 1 Million Bpd In 2017? |

U.S. shale is already up about 300,000 barrels per day from a low point in the summer of 2016, at least according to preliminary data. The gains are expected to continue. The industry is producing about as much oil as it was two years ago, with only one-third of the more than 1,700 rigs in 2014. Drillers are producing just as much oil with a lot less effort.

What the Dakota Access Pipeline Is Really About - WSJ

Political expediency in a White House that does not see itself as being bound by the rule of law. The Obama administration has decided to build a political legacy rather than lead the country. It is facilitating an illegal occupation that has grown wildly out of control. That the economy depends on a consistent and predictable permitting regime seems never to have crossed the president’s mind.

Protesting the Dakota pipeline is not cut and dried - The Washington Post

HOW DID the out-of-state activists protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline arrive at the North Dakota site? How were the sleeping bags they will use when the high plains winter arrives manufactured and shipped to the stores at which they were purchased? What are the plastics made of in the phones they have been using at Standing Rock, N.D.?

I was assaulted by ‘peaceful’ pipeline protesters | New York Post

Don’t listen to reports that this is some kind of touchy-feely sage-sniffing lovefest. These were thugs who hated journalists asking tough questions. They love journalists and celebrities who portray them as peaceful and ask easy questions that address none of their lies or contradictions.

#NoDAPL Movement Takes a Dark Turn as Organizers Tell Cops “Do What You’ve Got to Do” - Say Anything

In rejecting that path, the protesters tell us they don’t want peace. They want conflict and violence as fodder their propaganda machines.

North Dakota residents have mixed response to pipeline protest

“It's going to get the crude oil to places that need it, that can use it,” he said. “If we could use it all in North Dakota, it wouldn't matter. But we can't.”

When Protesters Don’t Actually Know What They’re Protesting - Say Anything

The professional activists don’t have to know the specifics about the Dakota Access pipeline, because the specifics don’t matter. It is a pipeline, thus it is evil. That’s the sort of shallow thinking the Obama administration is catering to with its delay in pipeline construction.

Chief Obama and the Dakota Pipeline - WSJ

Democrats are running for office claiming that the U.S. needs to spend hundreds of billions on infrastructure. If you want to know why they’re not serious, look no further than the Obama Administration’s order halting construction on a sliver of an oil pipeline in North Dakota even after the U.S. won in court.

Environmentalists' Questionable Tactics in North Dakota | RealClearEnergy

Peaceable assembly and freedom of speech are constitutionally protected rights, but so are the private property rights that are so essential to liberty and a civil society. Trespassing demonstrators, who have tried to prevent pipeline workers from doing their jobs and at one point caused the closure of a state highway, have gone too far, especially since many of them did not bother to attend public meetings or file comments before DAPL’s construction began.

MAIN Coalition Statement on the Administration's Actions Regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline - Standing Rock Fact Checker

It is also concerning that the federal government would threaten the livelihoods of thousands of workers who rely on good governance to support a stable workplace.  Based on the Administration’s actions today, these workers’ jobs are in peril.

Citi Sees Future of LNG Trading in Tanker Traffic Near Texas - Bloomberg

“What appears to be unfolding into next year is a seismic change in the functioning of the global LNG market,” Morse said in the report. “The U.S. Gulf Coast is likely to begin to emerge as a major, if not the major, gas trading hub in the world, with cargoes being lifted and awaiting direction.”

US oil reserves surpass those of Saudi Arabia and Russia

The US holds more oil reserves than Saudi Arabia and Russia, the first time it has surpassed those held by the world's biggest exporting nations, according to a new study. Rystad Energy estimates recoverable oil in the US from existing fields, discoveries and yet undiscovered areas amounts to 264bn barrels. The figure surpasses Saudi Arabia's 212bn and Russia's 256bn in reserves.

Opponents of Hydraulic Fracturing Want to Kill America’s New-Found Energy Abundance – InsideSources

The hard truth is that a federal ban on hydraulic fracturing would be catastrophic for the American economy and a windfall for OPEC. It would, within a matter of months, result in major price increases for natural gas and oil. That, in turn, would cause dramatic price hikes on everything from electricity and home heating to gasoline and fertilizer. It’s time to for some energy realism. The shale revolution has profoundly improved America’s energy fortunes. If opponents of hydraulic fracturing succeed in banning the process, they will have succeeded in killing a uniquely American success story that is helping consumers and the environment.

Opponents of Hydraulic Fracturing Want to Kill America’s New-Found Energy Abundance – InsideSources

over the past decade, merely the increase in domestic gas production is equal to more than five times the amount of energy now being supplied by solar and wind combined.

Shale Drillers’ Key to Survival: Efficiency - WSJ

Hess, which exported the first cargo of Bakken crude from the U.S. Gulf Coast last month, says it is implementing lean manufacturing techniques borrowed from Toyota Motor Corp. such as just-in-time supply chain logistics and greater use of standardized parts. It is operating three rigs, down from a high of 17 in 2014, but it has increased the number of wells drilled per rig to 22 a year, up from 16 wells a year 18 months ago. Standing near a quartet of pump jacks surrounded by farm land, David McKay, the vice president of what Hess calls its Bakken “Well Factory,” credits the downturn for forcing producers to rethink their operations. “There was a time when we were all cheeks and heels” in the rush to boost output, he said in an interview. “The slowdown actually has helped convince people of the need to do everything more efficiently,” he said.

Fossil Capital: the rise of steam power and the roots of global warming - The Ecologist

To force the transition, we must challenge the power structures preventing this shift from happening. Malm rounds off the book with a look at how a renewable economy will only occur if it is planned and implemented against private interests whose investments are sunk in fossil capital. Equally, to meet emissions reductions targets we'd need a "planned economic recession" tantamount to a "war on capital". This is not about waiting for socialism, but a pragmatic, though uncomfortable, proposal to solve our present day mess. Reworking a familiar refrain, Malm concedes "it has become easier to imagine large-scale intervention in the climate system" - by which he refers to business-as-usual attempts at geo-engineering - "than in capitalism".

Liz Cheney: End the War on Coal - Washington Free Beacon

“Anybody who is looking at this based on facts can see that coal, and oil and gas as well, are fossil fuels, and in Wyoming are a national treasure,” Cheney said. “And they are a resource that can … be used by the entire nation to become energy independent.” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stirred controversy during a CNN town hall in March when she said her environmental regulations would put many coal companies and coal miners out of business.

The Left Machine: Foundations and Media | RedState

Foundations fund research, which runs on Foundation-funded media and is laundered through mainstream media, which Foundation-funded activists use to generate more media coverage, which prompts a legal investigation that — surprise! — was the strategic goal behind the entire campaign.

New Syracuse Methane Study Echoes University of Cincinnati Results

The Syracuse study confirms the critical fact that the Appalachian Basin has a long history of preexisting dissolved methane in groundwater which predates shale drilling.