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President Trump has been investigated almost non-stop since days after his election.  A more than two year investigation from a special counsel found nothing and yet Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats continue to focus their agenda on investigating him and wasting taxpayer time and money.
 
I wanted to invite you to our "No More Trump Investigations Town Hall" meetings in Binghamton and Utica.  
 
I will answer questions on any topic except for the Trump investigations.
 
We need to focus on real issues such as jobs, the economy, health care, immigration and national security.
 
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Trump won our district by 16 points and my opponent Anthony Brindisi is the most vulnerable incumbent in the entire nation.  
 
Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to attend the Town Halls and spread the word to friends.
 
What:  The No More Trump Investigation Town Halls
 
Where: 
 
Binghamton Town Hall 
 
Thursday August 1st --- 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
The Holiday Inn 
2 Hawley Street in Binghamton
 
 
Utica Town Hall
 
Thursday August 8th --- 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm 
Delta Hotels by Marriott
200 Genesee Street in Utica
 
Thank you.
 
 
George Phillips
Candidate for Congress (NY 22)
 

Shortages of gas for heating have hit the nation’s most important city: New York.

Following moves by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to nix a pipeline that could deliver vital gas supplies to the city and Long Island, National Grid can no longer offer new gas hookups or additional service for current customers.

“If you’re looking to expand your natural gas service in Brooklyn, Queens or Long Island, we will not be able to meet your request,” unless both states reverse their decisions and OK the pipeline, the utility warns. Con Ed may have to turn away customers, too.

The govs nixed the pipelines in a pander to climate-change radicals. Yet the shortage won’t only hit well-off developers and businesses: It’ll also threaten projects meant for low- and middle-income New Yorkers.

A local group called Heartshare, which assists New York’s needy with heating costs, is nervous. Its vice president for energy programs, Joe Guarinello, says it’s written local congressmen in support of the pipeline.

“Right now, gas is the most inexpensive and the cleanest for heating homes in our area,” he notes. “We’d like to make sure that the people we assist, both the disabled and the economically stressed,” can continue to benefit from it.

The nuttiest part: These shortages are by no means unintended; they’re exactly what climate-change radicals want — a cutoff in fossil fuel supplies, whatever the consequences. They don’t care that there’s no good substitute now, or who suffers.

Don’t give up yet. The pipeline builder refiled its applications for permits. Sanity can yet prevail — but only if Cuomo and Murphy care about New York’s future.

Environmental activists who have cheered the ongoing power transition in the United Kingdom — which went a record 18 days and 6 hours of powering its electric grid without using coal — are overlooking an inconvenient fact for their cause. The UK was able to maintain its grid stability by increasing its use of natural gas, an energy source that activists have demonized even though it helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a greater rate than renewables.

The UK’s latest coal-free run followed streaks of nearly four days in April and an additional week in early May. All of these were made possible by clean-burning natural gas — including a growing share of American gas imported as LNG — which has helped the power sector reduce its emissions levels to 25-year lows. Natural gas also accounts for the largest portion of the UK’s energy mix at 42 percent.

Activists contradict themselves on natural gas

Yet environmental activists who cheered the UK’s reduction in coal use hold the contradictory view that natural gas is dirty and should be phased out, rather than recognizing how natural gas makes it possible for the UK to meet clean-air goals.

Activist and scholar Geoffrey Supran cheered Britain’s “fortnight of continuous coal-free electricity” with a reminder that Great Britain’s Electricity System Operator estimated that by 2025 the electricity system would produce zero carbon.

 

Geoffrey Supran
@GeoffreySupran
Britain's first fortnight of continuous coal-free electricity since the Industrial Revolution seems a good time to remember that the Director of GB's Electricity Systems Operator @ng_eso believes "by 2025 we will be able to fully operate GB's electricity system with zero carbon."

Carbon Brief
@CarbonBrief
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Great Britain has been running for a record TWO WEEKS without using coal to generate electricity – the first time this has happened since 1882.

The country’s grid has been coal-free for 45% of hours in 2019 so far.https://www.carbonbrief.org/countdown-to-2025-tracking-the-uk-coal-phase-out …

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However, a day earlier, Supran had promoted a news story that criticized natural gas as an alternative fuel source that produces less carbon than coal.

 

Geoffrey Supran
@GeoffreySupran
"Supporting continued buildout of natural gas in the US is not 'moderate' climate policy, nor a 'middle ground.' It is an admission of failure, an acknowledgment that the US will not do its part...No candidate should get away with claiming otherwise." https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/5/30/18643819/climate-change-natural-gas-middle-ground …

More natural gas isn’t a "middle ground" — it’s a climate disaster
To tackle climate change, natural gas has got to go.

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Similarly, Doug Parr, the policy director for Greenpeace, was quoted saying, “Just a few years ago, we were told Britain couldn’t possibly keep the lights on without burning coal. Now coal is quickly becoming an irrelevance, much to the benefit of our climate and air quality, and we barely notice it.” This was in keeping with the Greepeace UK Twitter account which had celebrated the UK’s two-week streak for using zero coal.

 

Greenpeace UK

@GreenpeaceUK
Two full weeks without coal!! 🙌

Something to celebrate in a Trumpy week. http://act.gp/2QG57W2 #EndCoal #ClimateEmergency #TrumpVisitUK

UK goes a fortnight without burning coal for first time since indust…
Britain has gone two weeks without using coal power for the first time since the industrial revolution, smashing its previous record of eight days set earlier this month. The milestone, which will

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However, Greenpeace UK’s clean energy campaign calls natural gas a “dirty energy” source and calls for the UK to stop using it along with coal and oil. These activists are seemingly unaware that the coal-free weeks they are championing are made possible by the availability of more affordable and cleaner-burning natural gas, much of it from the United States.

United States LNG Exports can help clean transition

Like the United Kingdom, the United States has increased using natural gas to produce electricity over the past two decades. This development was made possible by the fracking revolution.

The UK is also benefiting from fracking in the United States, and may be able to further increase its use of natural gas. Since 2016, the UK has increased the amount of LNG cargoes that it imports from the United States each year, and is set to do the same in 2019 as its need for natural gas has not faced the usual decline that it does in warmer months. It’s unsurprising then that after seeing a record high month in April for importing LNG into the UK, the country was able to further reduce its use of coal for electricity generation.

Yet environmental activists in Europe have been against LNG shipments from the United States, preferring to cut Europeans off from a safe and reliable supply of energy. The Food & Water Water Watch Europe sent an open letter to the European Commission and U.S. Department of Energy requesting a halt to U.S. liquefied natural gas exports to the European Union.

Groups like Greenpeace joined in signing this open letter, vocalizing their support for an end to LNG, which contradicts their desire to the UK to reduce its use of coal in favor of cleaner alternatives.

Activists who want the UK and the United States to make use of cleaner energy sources cannot have it both ways—without natural gas, neither country would be able to reduce its carbon emissions and transition towards cleaner economies. The UK’s use of a cleaner fuel source deserves the cheers that it is receiving from environmental activists, but natural gas deserves as much accolades for its part in reducing carbon emissions.

It's been a long time between Bulletins but not much is happening on the surface in the Otsego County Gas Wars. Below the surface we'll watch for the newly formed Energy Committee to pick a consultant. If that person has an obvious bias, the County is in trouble. We'll see. 

Adrian Kuzminski's June 13/14 column "If Facts Can't Defuse Deniers, What Can?" in Hometown Oneonta opens with the passage from the New Testament where Pontius Pilate asks Christ, "What is Truth? "(John 18:38). This is an eternal question, always relevent, especially today. The column devolves into an attack on "Climate Change Deniers," people sceptical of the dogma and prophecies of "the Climateers." Climateers would have us make a sharp U-turn off the fossil fuel highway to follow the Yellow Brick Road of renewables.

First, let's be clear. Climate changes. It always changes. The fossil fuel we feud over gives testamony to eons of changing climate. Climateers say this time it's different. Man's use of fossil fuels is the cause of climate change and THE END ID NEAR! For argument's sake, let's accept this premise. What do we do about it? How do we decarbonize, keep economies running, and maintain (and upgrade) a modern standard of living for all? What is Truth (reality)? What is wishful thinking (fairy tales)? 

The quickest path to less CO2 in the atmosphere is to substitute gas for coal in electric generation. Both are cheap but coal -fired generation emits twice the CO2 than gas per unit of energy. Substitute gas for coal (or oil) and the gains are immediate; CO2 emissions drop dramatically. Climateers complain that this is just substituting one carbon emitter for another. True, the but the perfect (not attainable anytime soon) shouldn't stand in the way of the good. Witrh and cost as factors, gas is "the good." 

Consider this: officials in New Delhi, India, noted an alarming spike in electricity use in the late afternoon and after midnight. Investigation found that kids coming home from school turned on the air conditioning. Adults did likewise when they went to bed. India's 1.3 billion population, with a burgeoning middle class, is the fastest growing market for AC in the world. To meet the current trend in demand, India would have to build 100 more coal plants by 2030 just to service just their AC needs (WSJ,11/24/18). That's a lot of CO2 emissions. Rest assured, other energy consuming goods are flying off the shelves in India as well. More CO2 emissions. 

China, more economically advanced than India, projects a build-out of 700 coal fired plants to service consumer and industrial needs (Forbes 1/19/19).Think the situation is any different in Indonesia? Brazil? Africa? According to Mining.com 1,600 coal-fired plants are expected to be built in 62 countries before 2030. The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects 67% of the energy growth will be in the developing countries by 2040. 

Anyone who thinks we can power modern economies in the near future with wind, solar and hydro without gas as a long term bridge fuel is a "Reality Denier." In spite of dire headlines, our world is getting more affluent, literate, and urbanized. These emerging populations want the same creature comforts we enjoy in the West. To afford these amenities and to power their industries they will most likely use coal. They will not be denied. 

Nor should they be. However, there's gas available, the one energy source that has proved its affordable decarbonization value over the last decade. As the Paris Accord nations gather this week, the United States is the one industrialized nation on target to meet its 2030 emissions goals . . . ten years ahead of schedule (NPR, On Point. (6/19/19). No surprise here. The Energy Information Agency (EIA) has reported the substitution of natural gas for coal has reduced emissions to levels not seen since 1986. (EIA Energy Report 10/29/18). This was done while the population grew by 85 million, with more energy use per capita, and with an expanding economy. EIA data shows coal's percentage of power generation has fallen from 58% before the Shale Gas Revolution to a projected 24% by 2020 (EIA 1/18/19). To put it in simple English, natural gas is the most effective, the cheapest, the quickest way to achieve lower carbon content in the atmosphere. This is the climateer's stated goal. No other means of energy generation is anywhere comparable. 

Renewables contribut to coal's replacement but renewables co st more than emerging nations are willing to pay. Price counts and gas meets the the price criteria. Not much different in Otsego County, NY, where Climateers are trying to zero out gas development. Last week the Otsego Chamber of Commerce gave them a reality check from the real world, telling them that gas MUST be part of the energy mix. 

Facts, Mr. Kusminski, facts! Until there is cost-effective, widescale battery storage for renewables, gas generated electricity is the best reality-based solution for attacking CO2 build-up in the atmosphere. That's a fact! That's the Truth! 

But take heart, Climateers, it's all good. According to John 8:32, "You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free."

 

Keep the faith, 

Dick

Gov. Cuomo keeps raising his renewable-energy goals, but the reality is that New York is actually losing ground when it comes to how much of its power is generated by “clean” plants.

The Empire Center’s Ken Girardin recently broke the news that the state last year generated slightly less electricity from renewable sources (wind, hydroelectric and solar) than it did in 2017.

Maybe that’s why Cuomo is shifting from a goal of “50 by 30” — having half New York’s power come from renewables by 2030 — to a “70 by 30” benchmark: He figures greens can be fooled by talk.

Never mind that the state has yet to meet the 30 percent target it set back in 2010, which it was supposed to reach four years ago.

Nor that the feds are phasing out their subsidies for wind and solar, making it even harder (and more expensive) for those industries to grow.

Nor that communities across the state are nixing proposals for giant wind and solar “farms” — which has forced the governor to push for offshore wind farms, the most expensive single way to generate electricity.

In fact, most of New York’s “renewable” energy comes from hydropower, which is tough to scale up. Plus, alternative energy faces a growing transmission problem: You have to get the electricity to the customers, which means major new power lines to connect new solar and wind plants to the grid.

Oh, and the same forces that fight new power plants “in my back yard,” also stand in the way of new power lines.

Not to mention that wind and solar don’t reliably generate electricity at the times of peak demand — which means you need carbon-based backup plants or you’re going to have blackouts.

Final problem: Thanks to Cuomo, the two Indian Point nuclear plants are to shut down this year and next. That will knock a giant hole in the state’s non-fossil-fuel electricity generation, and most of the replacement power is sure to come from gas and oil plants.

No wonder the gov keeps talking about his goals for 2030: Even with a fourth term, he’ll be out of office when his failure becomes unmistakable.

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