Sens. Warren, Markey Proposal Banning Natural Gas Infrastructure Projects

Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Ed Markey have introduced legislation that would ban infrastructure that is used to export liquified natural gas – the latest policy proposal that would limit American energy development and our nation’s ability to provide reliable, affordable energy to allies around the globe.

The Washington Examiner reports on the bill:

The legislation would bar the construction of natural gas compressor stations that facilitate gas exports.

Warren has been among the most aggressive presidential candidates in vowing to wean the U.S. off fossil fuels. She has pledged to end fracking for natural gas to

FACT CHECK: Truthout Falsely Reports DAPL Leaked Toxins Into Standing Rock Water Supply Five Times Within First Six Months Of Operation

An op-ed recently published in Truthout demonstrates how environmental activists sometimes play fast and loose with the truth when making their case against pipelines. Author Violet Glaser includes this inaccurate sentence in her opinion piece:

The Dakota Access Pipeline leaked toxins into the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux five times within the first six months of its construction. 

 

FACT CHECK: False

There’s a lot to unpack in those 25 words:

  • The five leaks were considered minor by federal and state regulators and occurred within the pipeline easement at valve sites or pump stations.
  • None of the five

Two Environmental Activists Charged In Dangerous DAPL Protests

Federal prosecutors this week filed charges against two women who admitted to a series of acts of vandalism against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa more than two years ago.

Ruby Montoya and Jessica Reznicek are charged with conspiracy to damage an energy facility, as well as four counts of malicious use of fire and the use of fire to commit a felony. The charges stem from setting fire to machinery and using torches to cut steel valves on the pipeline.

The New York Times provides a useful look at the dangerous tactics the women employed:

The women started

New York Dems Break With Cuomo On Pipeline

Six Democratic state senators from Long Island broke with the Cuomo administration to call for the approval of a proposed pipeline expansion project that would provide much-needed boost to the region’s natural gas supply.

In an Oct. 2 letter, the senators urged the Department of Environmental Conservation to approve the 24-mile pipeline known as the Northeast Supply Enhancement project. The DEC previously declined to issue key permits for the project, which forced  utilities in the region to impose moratoriums on new natural gas connections as a result of supply constraints.

“We write to you to urge you to approve …

Dakota Access Proving Its Value to North Dakota

It’s been two and a half years since the Dakota Access Pipeline was placed into service and the benefits of the $3.8 billion project continue to prove its value to North Dakota.

The pipeline, which connects the Bakken oil patch to the U.S. Gulf Coast, has substantially lowered transportation costs for producers and made Bakken oil more competitive with other producing regions like West Texas’ Permian Basin. Moving Bakken oil by train cost producers as much as $25 a barrel, while sending it through the Dakota Access Pipeline is estimated to be below $10 a barrel, according to Lynn Helms, …

Democrat Warns Candidates About Opposing Pipeline Improvements in Minnesota

A Democrat and former campaign worker for Sen. Bernie Sanders is warning her party that they must be careful in opposing pipelines in Minnesota, or else they could jeopardize their electoral chances in the reliably Democratic state.

In Real Clear Politics, Savannah Shoemake cautions Democrats over opposing Line 3 in Minnesota:

One such minefield is opposing a pipeline called Line 3 that’s being rebuilt and replaced in Minnesota. While it hasn’t garnered much attention on the national stage yet, it could very well become the next Dakota Access or Keystone XL fight in the months ahead and just in time

Cautionary Tale: Candidates Should Heed Lessons From Germany When Proposing Renewable Energy Plans

“Reaching 100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and complete decarbonization by 2050 at latest” – Bernie Sanders

“I’m embracing that goal by committing to adopt and build on Governor Inslee’s ten-year action plan to achieve 100% clean energy for America by decarbonizing our electricity, our vehicles, and our buildings.” – Elizabeth Warren

“2025 – Establish net-zero standards for new buildings; 2030 – Zero-emission standard for all new cars; 2035 – 100% emissions free electric grid; 2040 – Net-zero for all transportation sectors; 2045 – 85% methane recapture; 2049 – Achieve net-zero emissions” –

HYPOCRISY WATCH: Misguided Tactics by #ShutDownDC Protesters

Environmental activists are staging a series of highly publicized protests in Washington, D.C. – including one Monday that shut down major intersections in the city, leading to 32 arrests.

With more protests scheduled for the coming days, it’s worth considering the following:

 

Pipelines: Near Union Station, protestors blocked an intersection with a fake pipeline with “STOP PIPELINES” written on it. As we have noted previously, pipelines are the safest, most efficient and most environmentally conscious method of delivering energy that American consumers rely on.

Opposing pipelines will do nothing to limit the demand for or our

Saudi Arabia Attacks Highlight Importance of U.S. Energy Production

The alarming news that some of Saudi Aramco’s oil facilities had been attacked over the weekend has generated new instability in oil markets and caused concern for countries across the globe.

These attacks were serious and deserve careful scrutiny and investigation.  They also demonstrate that the market for oil is truly global. This event should be a reminder for policymakers as to the importance of U.S. energy production and the nation’s role as one of the top energy exporters.

Indeed, the United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world. In fact, the United States is projected …

FACT CHECK: ACLU Says Kentucky Legislation a Threat to First Amendment

CLAIM: The Courier-Journal in Louisville reports that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky has claimed that proposed legislation designed to protect critical infrastructure projects in the state is “creating a chilling effect on First Amendment Rights.”

“The mere threat of imposing such a harsh penalty over such activity would cause some protesters to second guess if their activities would be a Class D felony and therefore make them second guess if they want to protest,” said Corey Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.

RATING: False

 

FACT CHECK

Like other laws …