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New York Town Threatens to Secede Over Cuomo's Fracking Ban

The road to prosperity runs through Conklin, New York -- but people here say the good times keep passing them by.  

Kenny Brown works at a local pizza shop and says the economy is struggling and depressed.

"There's barely jobs left. There's no one left to spend the money, and we need something to bring money in and people to stay in the area," Brown told the FOX Business Network. That something, according to Kenny, is fracking.

Just a few miles from Conklin, across the border in Pennsylvania, thousands of wells are fracking the Marcellus Shale, deep below the ground, releasing valuable natural gas. Fracking has created 30,000 jobs in Pennsylvania over the the last ten years, and will add roughly $26 billion annually to Pennsylvania's economy by 2020, according to IHS Global Insight.

But New York counties and towns on the Pennsylvania border, an area called the Southern Tier, can only watch as their neighbors reap the rewards from fracking. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided recently to extend a statewide ban on high volume fracking, despite estimates fracking would create 15 to 18,000 jobs in economically depressed areas...

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Ditch the greens if you want to keep the wild places

Mar 9, 2015 in Bishop Hill Blog

Matt Ridley's article in the Times (£) this morning looks at the continuing growth of grain harvests around the world and contrasts this good news with the weasel-worded claims of disaster from environmentalists and scientivists.

The whole thing is worth a read if you have access to it, but I want to pick up on one particular point. It turns out that harvests are not actually increasing everywhere. Th main exception is of course Europe and the reasons are...

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Silencing Climate Chaos Skeptics

Paul Driessen | Mar 07, 2015 in Town Hall.com

Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA), other senators and Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) recently sent letters to institutions that employ or support climate change researchers whose work questions claims that Earth and humanity face unprecedented manmade climate change catastrophes.

The letters allege that the targeted researchers may have “conflicts of interest” or may not have fully disclosed corporate funding sources. They say such researchers may have...

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Junk Science Week 2015: New York’s phoney fracking ban

| March 3, 2015

While U.S. green groups and the environmental wing of the Democratic Party are accusing some academics of hidden ties to the fossil-fuel industry, they seem untroubled by a real conflict-of-interest scandal happening today in New York under Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Roger Pielke Jr., one of several professors targeted by Democrats despite his support for the Obama administration’s climate-change regulations, has even pointed to New York as a...

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When The Left Peddles Bad Science

Chris Prandoni Contributor in Forbes 3/5/2015

The GOP is most often branded as the anti-science Party. On any number of issues, people and groups opposed to the GOP’s goals work hard to portray the party as knuckle-dragging troglodytes. While this caricature is unfair to apply to either Republicans or Democrats, there exists a substantial constituency on the left that at best ignores science, and at worst purposefully pushes junk science to support harmful and unnecessary regulations.

New...

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Saying no to prosperity

- - Thursday, March 5, 2015

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Or leave ‘em, depending. Several struggling towns in upstate New York look across the state line at Pennsylvania and are thinking about secession, not from the union but from New York. After years of timid waffling, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said no to fracking, the method of drilling for oil and gas that is making Pennsylvania prosperous. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, could be the key to...

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Why are Green Groups Unhappy with Apple’s Big Solar Buy?

on February 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM in Breaking Energy

Is that massive Apple solar play that made news on Tuesday burnishing the tech titan’s green cred? It might be, but environmentalists aren’t thrilled about the whole thing.

Not that they’ve got anything against Apple – or solar power, they say.

Kim Delfino is California director of the group Defenders of Wildlife, an organization that has backed California’s aggressive policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But in...

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A robust upstate economy? Claims do not hold up

by E.J. McMahon |  February 27, 2015 | Press & Sun-Bulletin in Empire Center

The Southern Tier has been among the most poorly performing regions of a weak upstate New York economy over the past four years. But you sure wouldn’t know it from listening to Howard Zemsky, the Buffalo developer recently named by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to chair the Empire State Development Corp.

“In recent years, the Southern Tier has benefited tremendously from Cuomo’s determination to revitalize...

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“Secret Science”: it’s everywhere, and nowhere, yet it rules our lives

BY THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON SCIENCE AND HEALTH on 2/26/2015

Technological progress, our very standard of living, depends upon the scientific method. We know very well that the heart and soul of science is accurate and verifiable research findings.  Research findings can be properly verified only if the underlying data and methods of analysis are open to all properly trained researchers.  Reproducibility is particularly important when research findings and resulting public policy...

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How Marcellus Shale divided a state: 'Left-wing wackos' vs. struggling small towns

By John Luciew | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 2/25/2015 in Pennlive   The Patriot-News 

CONKLIN, NY -- Even if the small towns in New York State's economically struggling Southern Tier never actually secede to join Pennsylvania, the intrastate battle over fracking the Marcellus Shale has already divided the Empire State.

The divisions here are as deep as they are bitter. Pick...

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Praise (Sort of) for FUD*, and a Warning ( *Fred Dicker)

By NT2   Blog  on February 24, 2015

We’ve got a bad feeling. A really bad feeling.

It’s Cuomo. Ever since the day after his speech, he’s been acting weird. Remember? He gave his State of the State speech and did the dorky thing he always does – he made a totally lame attempt at humor. This time is was the Three Amigos — Cuomo, Silver and Skelos in sombreros. Hah, hah. But what happened? The very next day, PB exposed Silver for using his office to get rich.  As we’ve...

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Why these New York towns hope Pennsylvania might adopt them

February 19 2015 in The Washington Post 

The early United States, like the early solar system, was a violent, unstable place. Claims on the land were vague, so states fractured freely. New York tussled with New Hampshire over a territory that would later become Vermont. Georgia calved Alabama and Mississippi. Kentucky spun off from proto-Virginia; Tennessee from proto-North Carolina.

The nation’s borders have long since cooled into place. It’s hard to imagine California...

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Could fracking ban fracture New York State? NY towns talk secession to join Pa.

By John Luciew | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in Pennlive the Patriot News

All along the Keystone State's border with New York, there are big, blue roadside signs proclaiming, "Pennsylvania Welcomes You."

Only now some Upstate New York towns may be interpreting this invitation as far more than a typical tourists greeting. A move is afoot in some parts of New York's economically suffering...

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Court of Appeals hears arguments on drilling leases

By Scott Waldman   Feb. 18, 2015 Capital.com

ALBANY—The state's highest court is debating whether natural gas drilling leases have been extended indefinitely by a previous six-year fracking moratorium and, by exension, the recently enacted ban on the practice.

On Wednesday, the Court of Appeals heard the case of a group of 30 Tioga County landowners who signed gas leases with energy companies. The leases were originally signed in 2001, then renewed in 2006. They contained a “force...

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Report: Solar Energy Subsidies Cost $39 Billion Per Year

BY BY: February 12, 2015  pm in The Washinton Free Beacon
 
Solar makes up only 0.6 percent of total U.S. electricity generation
An auction sign outside the headquarters of Solyndra, which declared bankruptcy in 2011. / AP

An auction sign outside the headquarters of Solyndra, which declared bankruptcy in 2011. / AP

Despite billions spent in investments over decades, solar energy will only make up 0.6 percent of total electricity generation in the United States, according to a report released by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance...

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Fossil fuel is here to stay, despite opposition to PennEast and fracking

Seems our neighbors to the south may be sane and rational while NY legislators and governor are anything butt.JLCpulse

Posted: Monday, February 16, 2015 1:00 am By J.D. Mullane in Burlington County Time 

Let’s be clear: Fossil fuel is the fuel of the future. It isn’t going away in our lifetimes, or our children’s, or our grandchildren’s. It will lift aircraft, power factories and warm homes into the misty future, when members of some incoming class of college freshmen cannot identify...

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Total CEO Says Cheap Oil Will Prevent US Energy Independence

 

by  Reuters  |

 

Friday, February 13, 2015

 

PARIS, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The chief executive of French oil major Total said the United States will not reach its aim of energy independence as the drop in oil prices will hit American shale oil producers.

 

"It is not true the U.S. will be independent in oil, they continue to import," CEO Patrick Pouyanne told CNBC in an interview on Friday.

 

"Yes, production in the U.S. has increased from 6 million to...

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Global Divestment Day’s push against fossil fuels meets with cold shoulder

- The Washington Times - Monday, February 16, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. — Climate-change activists spent Valentine’s Day weekend wooing support for fossil-fuel divestiture with their first-ever Global Divestment Day, but not everyone was feeling the love.

While the hoopla elicited some victories — notably a statement in favor of curbing coal power generation from the leaders of Great Britain’s three main parties — other sparsely attended events underscored the divestment...

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Study Claims Oil Divestiture May Hurt College Endowments

Universities that decide to shed their investments in fossil fuel stocks could hurt the value of their endowments, according to a new report.

“The economic evidence demonstrates that fossil fuel divestment is a bad idea,” the report says.

The study created a series of stock indexes, compared their returns and found that funds without energy-sector stocks underperformed those with them — by as much as 0.7 percent, according to...

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Will Governor Cuomo buy more anti-gas hysteria

By Richard Downey in New York Post -- Opinion, 2/5/2015

Now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has killed development of New York’s natural-gas resources, will he also kill a vital pipeline that would bring much-needed gas to the New York City area and the rest of the Northeast?

Cuomo’s fracking ban extinguished the best hope for reversing a decades-long economic decline in the Southern Tier. So we have every reason to fear he’ll slap average New Yorkers yet again to appease the same ideologues.

The...

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Gas provides bridge to cleaner energy tech

ARMAND KEIM 1:12 p.m. EST February 7, 2015 in The Ithaca Journal 

So who are the real environmentalists relative to the subject of fracking? Is it those that favor the world's dirtiest source of energy — coal? Or is it those who want to reduce coal as a source of energy in favor of production by a method with at least 50 percent less greenhouse gases and over 90 percent less of other deadly pollutants?

In the first group are pseudo-environmentalists who, by opposing fracking, are in...

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