PA State Sen. Intros Meaningless Resolution Urging Natgas Exports

In our daily trawl of the news, we came across the text of a resolution by Pennsylvania State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf. Sen. Greenleaf is looking for co-sponsors of the resolution, which urges PA natural gas producers to export natural gas to European countries in order to curtail a Russian natgas monopoly. Greenleaf said, “Copies of this resolution will be transmitted to the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the President of the United States, the presiding officers of each house of Congress and to each member of Congress from Pennsylvania.” We thought: Nice sentiment…raise the natgas flag…rah rah and all that jazz. But at the end of the day, a resolution is meaningless. It has no force of law. It does nothing. It’s purely public relations bupkis. We wondered, why would Sen. Greenleaf, from Montgomery County (near Philadelphia) introduce this now? We revisited the list of traitorous Republican Senators who voted for the state budget that includes a severance tax (see Traitorous PA Senate Republicans Pass Severance Tax Bill). And yes, we discovered Sen. Greenleaf is one of the traitorous Republicans who voted for the horrible severance tax (and horrible gross receipts tax on natural gas, phones and electricity). The light went on. Greenleaf is using this resolution as a sleazy political ploy to try and curry favor with the natural gas industry–after he stabbed it in the back…

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