Marita Noon

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  • What’s up with the prices at the pump?

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    Oil prices at the pump fell hard, then began creeping back up — even though crude oil prices have not rebounded. One reason is an explosion at an ExxonMobil refinery in California that has bumped that state’s price by 20 cents a gallon, but if the steelworkers union strike expands the impacts could grow . Meanwhile, the Saudis, who concocted the scheme that saw the dramatic drop in prices, are happy to see the rise in the price at the pump.

  • Naming enemies of U.S. fossil fuel development

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    The enemies of fracking, the Keystone pipeline, and other fossil fuel related activities start with wild-eyed “Deep Green Resistance” types who oppose the entirety of Western civilization (even agriculture), include those with vested interests in alternative energy sources, and even include foreign governments (like Putin’s Russia), who recognize that cheaper oil and gas prices will hurt their economies and weaken their grip on nearby dependent countries. Naming enemies empowers those who want to defeat them.

  • What’s next for the Keystone pipeline?

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    President Obama will soon have to decide whether to please big labor or Big Green — and his risk is that if he chooses Big Green over big labor and then the labor unions push Democrats who depend on their votes to vote to override his veto of the Keystone Pipeline authorization, he loses big time. The clock is ticking — and the stakes are high. Meanwhile, President-in-waiting Hillary Clinton is silent … perhaps fearing the same Hobson’s choice. The huge drop in the oil price — which some now claim is a further reason to ignore Keystone — is on the verge of a quick rebound thanks to Obama’s feckless foreign “policy.” Stay tuned!

  • OPEC prediction of $200-a-barrel oil ignores market realities—or maybe not

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    OPEC’s Secretary General Abdulla al-Badri last month predicted oil prices will rebound to as much as $200 per barrel, a figure CFACT advisor Marita Noon suggests could only come about if terrorism and internal strife force shutdowns of major oil-producing states such as al-Badri’s native Libya and other Middle Eastern nations vulnerable to radical assaults. Otherwise, Noon notes, as soon as the price jumps about $70 per barrel, the nimble U.S. wildcatters will step up their production again and hold the oil price well below al-Badri’s predicted $200 per barrel.

  • America is falling behind in the new cold war over Arctic oil and gas

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    CFACT policy analyst Marita Noon reports that President Obama’s made dash to prevent U.S. oil and gas activities in the very profitable Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) may stem more from Russian money funneled to U.S.-based environmental nonprofits — and the desire of the President to please such groups — than from any intelligent rationale for declaring these rich lands off limits to the minimal development needed for resource extraction. Russia, meanwhile, is conducting military-scale operations in a possible effort to take physical control of the entire Arctic region.

  • U.S. light dimmed with Obama energy policy

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    Energy policy analyst Marita Noon, a CFACT advisor, points out that India has no intention of kowtowing to political correctness in developing its energy sector. Instead, “India rejects arguments by Green activists that it must move away from coal energy, saying the alternative would be to keep its citizens in poverty.” Meanwhile, President Obama is intent on creating energy poverty in the U.S. through a regulatory assault on coal, oil and gas, and other conventional energy producers — on top of his intention to veto legislation authorizing the Keystone pipeline. Should he get his way, Americans will be anticipating blackouts and brownouts and higher energy prices across the board to go along with the energy shortages his policies are sure to create.

  • Wind energy’s bluster peters out

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    The uncertainty of the future of the wind energy production tax credit is but one reason that wind turbine projects are falling apart. Cape Wind, the huge Massachusetts project opposed by the Kennedy clan, now looks dead after two power companies filed to withdraw their contracts because the investors missed deadlines. Minnesota’s Minwind project is now bankrupt because the investors cannot even afford the maintenance costs.

  • Obama Administration kicks the oil-and-gas industry while it is down

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    Just as the glut of oil on the world market has prompted Saudi Arabia to pump out even more oil at cheap prices (for up to 5 years, the Saudis say — as long as it takes to crush the U.S. shale industry — the Obama Administration wants to impose harsh new resrictions on oil and gas companies. A better recipe could not be found for decimating the U.S. economy, killing jobs, and ceding control over world oil prices and demand to the Saudis and their OPEC cronies.

  • Ethanol policy reform–the rare place where environmentalists and energy advocates agree

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    The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a bad joke that is costing American businesses money and trouble over a fuel — cellulosic ethanol — that is perhaps decades away from marketability. A coalition is building to eliminate this costly, even damaging, mandate that the EPA is eagerly enforcing despite issuing its rules after the fact and pressing for engine-damaging ethanol limits of up to 15% at a time when gasoline prices are dropping and U.S. production of gasoline is peaking. CFACT advisor Marita Noon says it is time to reform, revise, or repeal the RFS.

  • What if Obama’s climate change policies are based on pHraud?

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    The demand for scary scenarios to prop up failing global warming arguments has apparently led two scientists at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to ignore 80 years of 20th Century ocean pH data as measured with glass electrode pH (GEPH) meters that include over 2 million records of ocean pH levels. These data do not line up with the PMEL team’s computer modeling, a strong indicator that the model, for which its creator Dr. Richard Feely, has won a $100,000 Heinz Family Foundation award, is likely worthless scientifically (though clearly of great value politically). Just as with the Michael Mann hockey stick scam, this Feely scam needs to be exposed and discredited as junk science and its arrogant perpetrators forced to accept true peer review.

  • Germany’s “energy transformation:” unsustainable subsidies and an unstable system

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel just decided to lay out additional funds to push that nation to 40% cuts in carbon dioxide emissions by 2020, an action in line with its Energiewende goals to move beyond fossil fuels. Except it cannot. Germany has done too much too quickly —

  • Welcome to the O-zone—where economic development is a zero-sum game

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    Included in the Obama Administration’s “Unified Agenda” for 2015 are new, job-killing standards for ground-level ozone that are the product of a friendly lawsuit from the Sierra Club. These rules the President put on hold in 2011 in an effort to reduce “regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover” — or maybe for fear they would harm his reelection chances in 2012. The new regulations will mean that, depending on the final rule, 76% to 96% of the country—including some national parks where the natural background levels for ozone are 65 to 67 parts per billion—will be out of compliance. This will deal a crushing blow to U.S. economic recovery — and the Sierra Club and the President know and heartily approve of this tragic outcome.

  • Time for tough love on tax credits for the mature wind industry

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    A year after the Congress allowed the wind power production tax credit to expire, the American Wind Energy Association is making a last-ditch effort to renew the PTC, which apparently is necessary for its survival. Moreover, the conditions that fostered the creation of this tax credit — fears of dependence on foreign oil — have long since passed, thanks to the fracking revolution. As CFACT analyst Marita Noon says, it is time for the wind industry to grow up.

  • Dear Northeast, How’s that solar working out for ya?

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    New Englanders are gambling with the weather, and they may soon be paying a heavy price — both in dollars for heating their homes in very cold winter weather in 2014-15, and in loss of power due to brownouts or blackouts should even one remaining power plant experience any problems (or in the case of exceedingly high demand on a given day). The chief reason: Green enmity that shut down coal and nuclear power plants and has slowed construction of new natural gas fired power plants, together with the severe unreliability of wind and solar, especially in extreme weather conditions.

  • Six energy policy changes to watch for in a Republican-controlled Congress

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    CFACT advisor Marita Noon suggests six major areas of confrontation and change now the the Republican Party controls both the House and Senate: the long-awaited (and perhaps too late) approval for the Keystone XL pipeline; a major expansion of oil and gas and minerals development on federal lands; lifting the current ban on U.S. oil and gas exports; reining in the EPA’s power, especially as it applies to the proposed Clean Power Plan and the expanded Waters of the United States regulations; major reforms to the Endangered Species Act that would turn landowners from enemies to protectors of threatened and endangered species; and an end to climate alarmism as official U.S. Congress policy. Nearly all of these changes are expected to be vigorously fought by President Obama and the White House.

  • The oil price election connection

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    According to CFACT advisor Marita Noon, while the U.S. oil shale boom (the result of fracking) has dramatically increased domestic oil and gas production, the Middle East is still playing a significant role both in the current drop in oil prices and down the road. ISIS is selling oil at below-market prices to willing rogue customers, and Saudi Arabia has increased its own production, even as the price of oil falls below the amount needed to sustain the Saudi economy. The Saudis are hoping to push both American and Canadian oil prices down below the cost of extraction from both shale and tar sands in hopes of slowing down or even stopping expansion of North American exploration and production.

  • EU climate compromise: I will if you will

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    Marita Noon says that the European Union may appear to have reached a consensus agreement on carbon dioxide reductions, renewables use, and energy efficiency — but the agreement includes a proviso that it only takes effect if all of the major carbon dioxide emitter countries become signatories to the non-treaty agreement that President Obama thinks he can make effective even without Senate confirmation.

  • Billionaires’ Club using Greens to undermine U.S. energy security

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    Today’s environmental movement has in large part become the willing pawns of billionaires with an agenda that denies people their property rights and attacks the the very capitalist system that made them wealthy. One of the latest campaigns, Measure P, would ban fracking in Santa Barbara County, In campaigns like these, the non-profits are in essence hired to carry out specific tasks as part of the overall campaign strategy. This allows the Billionaire’s Club to engage in a defined transaction so they know in advance what services to expect for their money. And the Greens hardly realize they have become private contractors for the super rich.