Category Archives: Energy

Intermittency has big costs: Brookings study

The Economist discusses a new study from Charles Frank of the Brookings Institution that uses a cost-benefit analysis to rank various forms of energy, going beyond levelized cost (click the image for a larger version): Of particular interest to North Carolina policymakers should be this: Frank’s model tried to account for two things not accountedContinue Reading

Australia’s renewable energy industry ‘grinds to a halt’

What is making a strong industry grind to a halt? Oh, the removal of government support in money and guaranteed business. We’re told that’s kryptonite to strong industries. The Sydney Morning Herald reports: Australia’s investment in renewable energy all but dried up in the first half of 2014 amid uncertainty fuelled by the government’s latestContinue Reading

A Friday fact-check on hydraulic fracturing

One Friday last month I wrote about several concerns about hydraulic fracturing coming to North Carolina, and how ongoing research had already dismissed those fears. Today I dismiss perhaps the most sensationalized fear over fracking: it’ll make your drinking water flammable. Hint: No, it won’t. As I show, the examples of flammable drinking water have comeContinue Reading

Jindal makes case for better energy policy

Former John Locke Foundation Headliner Bobby Jindal writes at National Review Online that a change in federal energy policy could make a big difference for the American economy. What do we need to turn our country around? Well, for starters, we need a president who stops getting his energy policies from Hollywood movies — andContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that state legislators appear to have reached a deal for replacing Common Core public school standards. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal explains how energy-related reforms boost economic prospects in North Carolina.

You might be a ‘progressive’ if …

… you’re incensed over the Hobby Lobby ruling, especially if you wish to believe — or desire others to believe — the ruling was about preventing women from gaining access to contraception. You might be a ‘progressive’ if you had no knowledge of, or have no interest in, the fact that Hobby Lobby’s health insuranceContinue Reading

Barron’s D.C. man makes case against continuing solar subsidies … whether he means to or not

Jim McTague‘s latest “D.C. Current” column in Barron’s appears to lament the fact that the solar industry might lose the crutch American taxpayers have provided it for a decade. Read McTague’s assessment closely, though, and you’ll find good reasons for Congress to allow current solar subsidies to — wait for it — sunset. Currently, theContinue Reading

Two guys who really hate fracking

There are two guys who would love very much for everyone to think that hydraulic fracturing is, counter to empirical research, dangerous, bad for the environment, a causer of earthquakes and flammable drinking water and any other big bad imaginable. They would love to see it stopped, immediately. Well, just who are these Friends ofContinue Reading