Category Archives: Energy

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on obstacles linked to a plan to use rural N.C. hospitals for expanded mental health and substance abuse treatment. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal pokes holes in a new poll that purports to show support for costly renewable energy options.

Worried about bad economic impacts on the state? Support DEQ’s fight against the Clean Power Plan

Let’s assume this sudden effluence of people worried about negative economic impacts on the state are genuine. Well, even if they aren’t, there are significance reasons — among them, economic ones — to oppose the federal imposition of the Obama administration’s so-called “Clean Power Plan.” As I wrote earlier this year: The proposed regulations would: imposeContinue Reading

Newsweek asks: “Why Are They Hiding the Good News About Fracking?”

Jeff Stier’s column for Newsweek begins: Geologists at the University of Cincinnati just wrapped up a three-year investigation of hydraulic fracturing and its impact on local water supplies. The result? There’s no evidence—zero, zilch, nada—that fracking contaminates drinking water. Researchers hoped to keep these findings secret. Why would a public research university boasting a top-100 geology program deliberately hideContinue Reading

How to grow the economy the media way

If you pay attention to the pages of the News & Observer, or listen to other local media soothsayers, you will over time derive their principles of economic growth for our great state. But most people haven’t the time or the patience for that, so here are many that I’ve been able to glean: Pay jobContinue Reading

Another $700 million in taxpayer money down the drain

Michael Bastasch offers federal taxpayers some disturbing news in a Daily Caller report. The Department of Energy spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on a radioactive waste treatment plant that ended up breaking down because federal officials didn’t bother to properly test the facility before construction was completed, according to a recent audit. FederalContinue Reading

Government policies in D.C., Raleigh raise energy costs for N.C. consumers

We use energy every time we turn on the lights, fire up the heat or air conditioning, or use our various electronic devices. Government agencies in both the nation’s capital and state government have taken steps that inflate the cost of that energy artificially. Donald Bryson, N.C. state director of Americans for Prosperity, outlined theContinue Reading

‘Renewables are incapable of replacing hydrocarbons at scale’

This isn’t news to Locker Room readers (some recent examples), but I’m glad to read this in The Hill this week from Kathleen Hartnett White. Here’s a brief snippet, with the understanding that there is plenty more where this comes from: Policymakers intent on imposing a swift end to the era of fossil fuels, suchContinue Reading

Another solar company reaching its failure tipping point

An Investors Business Daily report carries the headline “SunEdison Bankruptcy Whispers Char SolarCity, First Solar, SunPower“: SunEdison’s (SUNE) inferno continued Wednesday, a day after rumors flared that it might be in debtor-in-possession talks with creditors — often seen as a precursor to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. In afternoon trading on the stock market today, SunEdison stockContinue Reading