Energy

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    Coal ash amounts from the settlement agreement

    How much coal ash is contained at each of the six facilities involved in the coal-ash cleanup settlement agreement between Gov. Roy Cooper’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), several “Community Groups,” Duke Energy, and not electricity consumers? How much coal ash does this agreement obligate Duke to remove? Also, how much does this agreement allow to remain?
    Jon Sanders, January 24, 2020
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    Manufacturers Alliance Shares JLF Brief on Coal Ash

    This week, the North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (NCMA) shared a summary of JLF’s Jon Sanders’ research brief on coal ash. The brief goes over how, in 2014, Gov. Roy Cooper argued that ratepayers should not be on the hook for the cost of coal ash cleanups around the state,…
    Brenee Goforth, January 22, 2020
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    Did Appalachian Voices not read the settlement agreement?

    Despite whatever they might say, the signatory "Community Groups" deliberately chose to have you, your neighbors, the poor, the elderly, people living check to check, etc. pay for the additional coal-ash cleanup, not Duke. 
    Jon Sanders, January 21, 2020
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    The high cost of a fracking attack

    Mark Mills of the Manhattan Institute tallies potential consequences of a ban on hydraulic fracturing. The extraction of oil and gas through the techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (colloquially, “fracking”) has catapulted the United States into leadership of the world’s energy markets. Since 2007, fracking has…
    Mitch Kokai, January 20, 2020
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    Could Cooper’s Coal Ash Deal Up Your Power Bill?

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief on the Duke Energy coal-ash cleanup. Sanders describes the situation: Prior to April 2019, Duke Energy had agreed with the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to close and excavate all but nine of its 31 coal-ash basins. DEQ had rated…
    Brenee Goforth, January 16, 2020
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    Fracking’s long-term impact

    Noah Rothman of Commentary labels the last 10 years the “fracking decade.” Implications of fracking extended far beyond energy prices. The most disorienting seismic shifts attributable to the fracking revolution have been felt in the Middle East, where oil served as the lifeblood of rogue regimes for almost…
    Mitch Kokai, January 13, 2020
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    Magic words to make your power bill go up

    Did you know there are also magic words that can make your power bill go up? They were just used in the coal-ash cleanup settlement agreement between the Cooper administration, environmental groups, Duke Energy, and not ratepayers.
    Jon Sanders, January 9, 2020
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    Another question about the coal-ash settlement: Was it a sue & settle scheme?

    "Sue and settle" is an illiberal tool used by outside pressure groups in cahoots with willing government agencies to bring about a regulatory change they know they could not get through proper political channels.
    Jon Sanders, January 7, 2020