Category Archives: Energy

Here’s a shocker: Politics likely played a larger role than science in boosting a solar company

Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon digs into the details of a politically motivated “green energy” project involving the Obama adminstration’s U.S. Energy Department. The Department of Energy ignored warnings by internal solar experts when it subsidized a solar company backed by a major Democratic donor that went bankrupt in 2012, according to aContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Obamacare supporters claimed victory once official health insurance exchange enrollment numbers topped 7 million nationwide. Katherine Restrepo analyzes what those numbers really mean during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Sarah Curry discusses North Carolina’s unfunded liability for health and pension plans that benefit retired government workers. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest describes the workContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

The arrest of Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon on federal corruption charges shocked the Queen City’s political establishment. Rick Henderson discusses the Cannon case in the latest edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders discusses North Carolina’s film tax credits, and you’ll hear highlights from a legislative debate about another targeted state tax incentive: the JobContinue Reading

Problems linked to the power-plant financing scheme called CWIP

The John Locke Foundation and environmental group NC WARN agree that a power-plant financing scheme called Construction Work in Progress, or CWIP, tends to hurt electricity consumers. CWIP allows utility companies to charge customers for construction of new power plants, even if those plants never are completed or placed in service. JLF and NC WARNContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Critics of Obamacare have released in recent weeks several alternative health care reform proposals. One of the most prominent is a Republican plan co-sponsored by North Carolina senior U.S. Sen. Richard Burr. Katherine Restrepo discusses Burr’s plan and other Obamacare alternatives during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Joe Stewart of the N.C. FreeEnterpriseContinue Reading

A shocker: Government interference in the energy market causes problems

Roy Cordato has explained for us why calculations about energy costs should factor in both subsidies and penalties. Now the latest Bloomberg Businessweek explains how “budget-busting subsidies” for energy are hurting emerging economies worldwide. In the developing world, it’s tempting for a country to keep the price of fossil fuels artificially low. The subsidy canContinue Reading

You can say that again

John Hood’s column this morning on what a state energy policy should and shouldn’t be is worth a full look. Having already written on the Four P’s of Electricity Competition, I’d like to highlight this portion: There has always been an economic rationale for pursuing lower prices. Electricity and fuel oil are significant inputs forContinue Reading

Barron’s D.C. man links the Crimean crisis to Obama’s ‘carbon war’

Jim McTague uses his latest “D.C. Current” column in Barron’s to explain how the Obama administration’s energy policies affect America’s role in the dispute between Russian and Ukraine. The drill-baby-drill crowd and its Republican benefactors in Congress view the Ukraine crisis as a golden opportunity to pressure the Obama administration to end its foot-dragging onContinue Reading