Daren Bakst

Posts by Daren Bakst (page 3)

  • REINS Act: Restoring Accountability to Lawmaking

    Yesterday, the United States House passed the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act, H.R. 10)) by a 241-184 vote.   No Republican voted against the bill, while only 4 democrats voted for it. Congress often delegates significant power to government agencies.  As a result,…
    Daren Bakst, December 8, 2011
  • Solar: Even Worse Than What I Said

    Earlier today, I pointed out that using some generous numbers, a solar wind power plant could provide power for about 179 homes (and I also pointed out why this is a misleading comparison). The Triangle Business Journal article I was referring to stated that the 900 kilowatt…
    Daren Bakst, November 21, 2011
  • It Takes More Than Three Wilmingtons for Onshore Wind Power

    Wind power plants use an extensive amount of land.  Using data from a proposed wind power plant in Beaufort County, wind power requires about one acre per 19 megawatt-hours. The proposal is for a 80 MW plant requiring 11,000 acres.  I assumed a generous 30% capacity factor (80*8.760= 700,800…
    Daren Bakst, November 21, 2011
  • Recognizing Renewable Energy Propoganda

    A recent article in the Triangle Business Journal discusses a firm called Strata Solar.  The firm has installed a 900 kilowatt solar power plant near Boone. As is common with stories on renewable energy, there’s an attempt to try and equate the size of the renewable energy plant (be it…
    Daren Bakst, November 21, 2011
  • Annexation Victory!

    Municipalities in North Carolina, subject to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, submitted letters to the United States Department of Justice arguing that the protest petition process in the new annexation law is a vote and therefore must be approved by the Department of Justice (referred to as preclearance).
    Daren Bakst, November 17, 2011
  • Legislature Should Amend the Felony Firearms Act: Protecting the Right to Bear Arms

    As my colleague Mitch Kokai wrote, the North Carolina Court of Appeals just held that the state’s Felony Firearms Act was unconstitutional as applied to an ex-felon (Baysden).  The law places severe restrictions on the right to bear arms for ex-felons. I wrote about the Felony Firearms…
    Daren Bakst, November 16, 2011
  • Supreme Court to Hear Obamacare Case

    The United States Supreme Court, as expected, has decided to hear the challenges to Obamacare. Oral arguments will be in March with the opinion released no later than June, 2012.
    Daren Bakst, November 14, 2011
  • Campus Police Act Doesn’t Violate Constitution

    The North Carolina Supreme Court just held in State v. Yencer that the North Carolina Campus Police Act as applied to the specific defendant doesn’t violate the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution. This lawsuit arises as a result of an officer at Davidson College arresting an individual…
    Daren Bakst, November 11, 2011