From John Locke Foundation’s Jon Sanders:
Since the start of the 21st century, energy-based emissions have been falling dramatically in North Carolina.
- Carbon dioxide emissions are down 34 percent
- Nitrous oxides emissions are down 78 percent
- Sulfur dioxide emissions are down 91 percent
- As our state grows wealthier, we are transitioning from a manufacturing-based economy to a service-based economy
- As people grow wealthier, consumers are choosing more efficient products, from cars to appliances to electronics on down
- Electric utilities are moving to natural gas and away from coal, as technological revolution in the energy sector has made natural gas plentiful and price-competitive with coal
There’s no crisis here, there’s no market failure, and there’s no cause for alarm. These results are exemplary, and they are market-driven.
There simply is no call for government intervention here whatsoever. Which makes Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order (EO) to “Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy” so unnecessary. The details of that EO don’t help.
He also said the order would “create jobs.”
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