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Posts from June 2022

Mountain Valley Pipeline: 94 Percent Complete, FERC 6 Percent Incomplete

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 30, 2022

“Since the start of construction, industry opponents have continued to challenge MVP’s previously authorized and issued permits through ongoing litigation, placing their specific policy agendas above that of environmental protection and national energy security.”

– Mountain Valley Pipeline

This post simply reviews an interstate gas pipeline project that is stymied at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC has taken a go-slow (as in purposeful delay) regarding the final permits to for water and wetland crossings, creating the controversy for all to see. Mountain Valley politely states (below):

Currently, MVP has all necessary permits with exception of those needed to cross waterbodies and wetlands. The project team is working collaboratively with federal and state authorities on a modified crossings approach, which would use a combination of trenchless and open-cut crossing methods.

This is Biden energy policy in full view.…

On Free Market Energy Advocacy

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 29, 2022

I have been actively engaged on social media for the last year, challenging climate alarmism and forced energy transformation. My opponents begin with a particular argument on climate science to which I respond with a different view. (For example, here at MasterResource, I promote the benefits of CO2 fertilization from the peer-review literature summarized by Craig Idso.)

As we go back and forth, inevitably the ‘argument from authority’ is resorted to. For example:

But the IPCC reports are compiled from the work of hundreds of independent scientist’s peer reviewed works. The views your organisation are expressing are not. In effect you/your organisation is the one playing politics and spreading misinformation that doesn’t stand up to peer review.

Then, when I rebut the shortcomings of the peer review process and how our side has opted out (‘Atlas Shrugged’), my critics then go ad hominem.…

CO2: Negating Ozone for Plant Productivity

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#craig-d-idso">Craig D. Idso</a> -- June 28, 2022

The Individual and Combined Impacts of a Real Pollutant versus an Imagined One: How Elevated Ozone and Elevated CO2 Affect Chickpea Growth and Yield

Tropospheric ozone (O3) is a gaseous air pollutant that results from incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. It negatively affects plant growth, gaining entry through stomatal openings where it dismutates and generates reactive oxygen species that damage cell components and disturb metabolic processes.

In the United States alone, crop losses due to ozone pollution presently are estimated at $1-3 billion annually. But for much of the developing world, which lacks the pollution-control technologies employed by developed countries, the percent of ozone-related crop damage is much greater due to higher regional ambient or background levels of ozone pollution. And to make matters worse, ozone-related crop damage is expected to increase worldwide in the future, with ozone concentrations rising at a rate of 0.5 to 2 percent annually over the next century (IPCC, 2007).…

‘Ten Policies to Unleash American Energy and Fuel Recovery’ (API gets nine of ten right)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 27, 2022

Go, Joe, Go: Visit the Home Industry before Saudi Arabia

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 24, 2022

Big Oil to Little Joe: Atlas Does Not Need to Shrug

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 23, 2022

Epstein’s ‘Fossil Future’

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#a_brooks">Allen Brooks</a> -- June 22, 2022

Truing Electricity Competition in Georgia (and a roadmap for the other states)

By Jim Clarkson -- June 21, 2022

Energy and Environmental Review: June 20, 2022

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#john-droz">John Droz, Jr.</a> -- June 20, 2022

‘The Energy Poverty Prevention and Accountability Act’ (H.R. 4266)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 17, 2022