Actions Have Consequences

Most Americans strive to preserve the environment, despite how the more radical environmentalists portray them. The problem occurs when there is a small risk to the environment but a benefit to people.  Anything civilization does will probably incur a small risk to the environment, but benefits and risks need to be weighed carefully. New York State is paying a price for the actions of some of its more radical environmentalists.

Yesterday Hot Air posted an article about some consequences of recent environmental activist victories.

The article reports:

If you know anything about New York in the modern era (both the state and the Big Apple), you’re likely aware that it’s not exactly a friendly landscape for the oil and gas industry. The “Keep it in the ground” crowd has a lot of influence with the Democrats who control the government. That why, back in 2013, when the new Constitution Pipeline was proposed to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania’s rich shale oil fields to New York, activists were able to block the construction despite it already having been approved by federal regulators. Similarly, when National Grid (the local energy consortium) requested an extension to the Williams Co. Transco pipeline, they were also tied up because of the outcry from environmental activists.

Here comes the surprise that nobody could have possibly seen coming. The city and its surrounding downstate region are still expanding with new construction projects, but their energy suppliers have told them that they will not be able to supply natural gas to any new customers because they’re already at capacity.

The article concludes with some interesting irony:

The additional ironic twist to all of this is they don’t even need those long pipelines to begin with. Or at least they wouldn’t need them if they were thinking clearly. The southern section of upstate New York is sitting on some of the richest natural gas deposits in the country in the form of the Marcellus Shale deposits. It’s the same formation delivering all of that natural gas over the border in Pennsylvania. But Andrew Cuomo and his Democratic buddies pushed through a moratorium on any and all natural gas drilling and it’s still in place today.

The state could be producing its own natural gas and supplying New York City more cheaply, but they’re refusing to do it out of spite. And now they’ve outstripped their fuel supply. This entire situation would be hilarious if it weren’t creating such a massive SNAFU for the energy grid.

I guess if you live in New York, you’d better make sure you have a working fireplace that you can cook on. The environmentalists put questionable science over the practical needs of people.

Weird, Just Weird

Yesterday CBS Local in Boston reported that incendiary devices were found attached to National Grid power lines in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.

The article reports:

Firefighters were called to wooded area off 60 Locust Avenue Wednesday afternoon for a small brush fire under some high-tension lines. After it was put out, they noticed something unusual hanging from the wires.

“Crews that responded to the scene noticed items that didn’t appear to be part of the transmission system and alerted National Grid. National Grid assessed the situation and alerted law enforcement,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Harold Shaw said in a statement Thursday.

State Police and FBI bomb technicians found “multiple incendiary devices similar in structure to pipe bombs in the area.”

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Peter Kowenhoven said the devices were cylindrical metal objects and that they needed to be “manually activated,” but would not say how many authorities found.

“There was some pre-planning in this,” said Kowenhoven of the FBI. “These devices were home-made.”

The article reports that there is no evidence of this incident being related to terrorism. Well, this is simply further proof that America has enough crazies here already. There is no need to import more.