Energy

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    State carbon tax proposal exposes progressives’ cognitive dissonance

    A bill sponsored by Sen. Wiley Nickel (D-Wake) would levy a tax on “any carbon-based fuel product sold, used, or entered into the State.” Fortunately, the bill isn’t expected to go anywhere this session. The “carbon tax” bill is designed to punish the use of greenhouse…
    Brian Balfour, April 9, 2021
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    Solar industry’s ties to forced Chinese labor should concern us

    Collin Anderson of the Washington Free Beacon highlights inconvenient facts for solar energy advocates. An unlikely coalition of Republicans, Democrats, and labor leaders are concerned by the solar industry’s dependence on goods linked to Chinese forced labor camps, a development that threatens President Joe Biden’s push for a…
    Mitch Kokai, April 8, 2021
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    Biden’s green energy plans raise questions for union allies

    Rebecca Rainey and Eric Wolff write at Politico about concerns from one of President Biden’s traditional allies. President Joe Biden touted his $2 trillion infrastructure plan as a “once-in-a-generation” effort to tackle climate change while creating millions of “good paying jobs.” Some unions warn that it may ultimately…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2021
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    Columnist: Gov. Cooper has taken 1st step toward cap and trade in NC

    When we think of Leftist energy policy, a lot of us think of federal policy — the Green New Deal and the Biden version of the Green New Deal. But a new Forbes column by Patrick Gleason points out that Gov. Cooper has signed on to help advance a…
    Donna Martinez, April 2, 2021
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    Greens endorse policies that would limit access to energy

    Wesley Smith explains at National Review Online why it makes no sense to demonize energy. Electricity is essential to modernity. Prosperity depends on it. So does longevity and health. If you doubt that, ask those in impoverished nations who still don’t have access to reliable electrical power! Indeed,…
    Mitch Kokai, March 30, 2021
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    California unwittingly exposes problems with Biden climate plan

    Abby Smith of the Washington Examiner explains how one left-coast state’s current challenges could affect the Biden administration’s climate goals. California will have to deploy renewable power at record-breaking speed over the next few decades to meet its target for carbon-free electricity by 2045, a transformation that state…
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2021
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    Green energy and Texas blackouts

    Jason Isaac writes for the Federalist about the links between bad energy policies and Texas’ current power problems. As Texans reel from ongoing blackouts at the worst possible time, during a nationwide cold snap that has sent temperatures plummeting to single digits, the news has left people in…
    Mitch Kokai, February 22, 2021
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    GOP targets Democrats over lost pipeline jobs

    Kerry Picket of the Washington Examiner highlights one political impact of the Biden administration’s effort to block the Keystone XL pipeline. Biden’s Jan. 20 executive order revokes the permit that was granted to TC Energy Corporation for the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed 875-mile pipeline, years in the…
    Mitch Kokai, February 16, 2021