Daily Archives: April 3, 2017

Unsustainable energy, illustrated

The U.S. Energy Information Administration offers another glimpse, if you’re paying attention, into just how government-driven North Carolina’s “powerhouse solar industry” actually is. Look at this graph, from the EIA’s “Today in Energy” post entitled “North Carolina has more PURPA-qualifying solar facilities than any other state“: EIA explains: Utility-scale—one megawatt (MW) or greater—solar PV growth inContinue Reading

It’s time for North Carolina to say no to corporate hostage taking

Last week, the Triangle Business Journal ran a story, Email records show NC ‘made a hard run’ for Jeff Bezos-led Blue Origin spaceship manufacturing operation.    The piece looks at emails from officials within the Department of Commerce and traces their quest to lure Blue Origin to North Carolina. Blue Origin is a private spaceflightContinue Reading

School Choice Deniers

The Wall Street Journal sets the record straight on what the best available research says about the efficacy of school vouchers. A meta-analysis last year by the Friedman Foundation found that 14 of 18 empirical studies analyzing programs in which students were chosen at random by lottery found positive academic outcomes. Two demonstrated no visibleContinue Reading

DeVos at Fort Bragg today

According to Politico’s Morning Education, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits the sprawling Army post Fort Bragg, N.C., at 10 a.m. today to read to students and meet with school officials at Kimberly Hampton Primary School. The Defense Department-funded school was named after Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton, a military pilot killed in Iraq in 2004. EvenContinue Reading

The folly of filibustering Gorsuch

Liam Donovan of Politico assesses U.S. Senate Democrats’ political calculations involving the filibuster of President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. After three days of breezily proficient testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Neil Gorsuch emerged unscathed. The high court nominee deftly parried the barbed queries that came his way, calmly defusing andContinue Reading

Putting Russian meddling in perspective

Sharyl Attkisson explores the media’s fascination with the possibility of Russian influence over the 2016 American presidential election. Let me be clear: Do I think it’s possible Russia tried to influence the outcome of our elections? Absolutely. In fact, I consider it quite likely. Not because of the unsubstantiated conclusions made in the press, butContinue Reading

Replacing Obamacare with something worse

Sally Pipes reminds Investor’s Business Daily readers that Republicans aren’t the only ones working on botching federal health care policy. While the latest Republican attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare may have failed, Democrats in California and in D.C. are just getting started in their effort to eliminate the health law. Unfortunately, they’re angling toContinue Reading

Entitlements and economic ruin

Gene Epstein of Barron’s explains in an “Economic Beat” column how Social Security and Medicare “are ruining us.” “The federal government’s budget is on the road to hell,” warned Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. “There is no polite way to describe why the world’s largest economy has placed itself onContinue Reading