Thought Piece

Thanks to Jim Willis, I didn’t miss this Wall Street Journal editorial. I can’t help wondering what went wrong with my Gmail alerts? I HATE BEING UNDER-INFORMED.

Even the green activists Michael Bloomberg and the Washington Post favor rational, high technological fracking. If anyone is interested, I have Mayor Bloomberg’s Op-Ed and a few comments on my LinkedIn and Web site, Between Albany’s Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York’s Times, I can’t tell which NY political organization is more insensitive to New York State’s economy and its people. I would feel better if either of them demonstrated the slightest understanding of the “New Energy” world or the advanced state of Fracking and the importance of natural gas pipelines in the US.

Beneath the alarmist rhetoric, I would advise the Governor and The Times to actually send somebody to North Dakota and witness the close cooperation between the state, higher education and the private sector. Mark Zuckerman recently visited North Dakota and its “New Energy” revolution: After his extensive tour, Zuckerman counseled that everybody who is concerned about climate should ” get out and learn about all perspectives.” Steve

P.S. Jim Willis has been one of the private sector’s best communicators and information gathering.

WSJ Harpoons NY Gov Cuomo for His “Blockade” of Natural Gas

The editors at the Wall Street Journal have taken the gloves off with respect to the insane policies of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo when it comes to natural gas. Because of Cuomo’s “blockade” of natural gas, by banning fracking and by blocking natural gas pipelines from Pennsylvania into NY, Cuomo stands on the cusp of not only ruining his own state with high prices for natural gas–he’s going to ruin it for other states (like those in New England) as well. Cuomo wanted the Indian Point Nuclear plant closed–and it’s closing. He wants coal plants closed, and they have. But at the same time, the state is adding new natural-gas fired electric generating plants, like the one in Orange County. So far, Cuomo’s corrupted Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has refused to issue a permit for a pipeline to feed the plant (see NY DEC Holds Sham “Hearing” for Power Plant Pipeline). If the plant doesn’t get the pipeline, it will burn dirty oil instead. The state is building 11 new microgrids that use natural gas to generate electricity–including in the center of NY’s capitol, Albany (see NY Building Not Just One, but Eleven (!) NatGas-Fired Micogrids). And yet Cuomo continues to reject major pipeline projects to bring more gas to NY. Guess what that will do to the price of natural gas and electricity in the Empire State? And what about the price of natgas and electricity in New England? Already Northeast residents pay 29% more for natural gas and 44% more for electricity than the U.S. average. What a tragedy. Loads of natural gas waiting to serve those markets, produced in PA, WV and OH–and Cuomo refuses to let it in. The Journal takes him to task for it…