Energy

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    ‘Stakeholder’: it doesn’t mean you get to stake a claim on other people’s business

    DEQ lists 164 "stakeholders" to develop a "Clean Energy Plan." They identify "key stakeholders" as those "with a vested interest in clean energy." OK, so who cares for affordable, reliable, efficient electricity?
    Jon Sanders, September 13, 2019
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    National Review labels Warren ‘daft’ on fracking

    Editors at National Review Online are no fans of Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren‘s stance on fracking. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts promises that if she is elected president, she will issue an immediate unilateral prohibition — based on some presidential power that she’ll invent as soon as…
    Mitch Kokai, September 11, 2019
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    Democratic candidates’ fracking ban would be dangerous, asinine

    A ban on fracking would be asinine. It would be self-destructive, devastating to the economy, a gut punch to the poor, and practically ineffective to do anything about climate change. It's also something Vladimir Putin has been working for years to bring it about.
    Jon Sanders, September 10, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Insurance premiums could rise if Cooper keeps denying tax credits

    This week, Carolina Journal’s Don Carrington reported on the continuing controversy surrounding North Carolina’s renewable energy tax credits. Carrington explains the situation: Before January 2016, developers of solar and other renewable energy projects in North Carolina were eligible for a­­­ state tax credit equaling 35% of a project’s cost. Some…
    Brenee Goforth, September 10, 2019
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    Why North Carolina’s Emissions Keep Falling

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders reported on North Carolina’s decreasing emissions. According to Sanders, since 2000, total carbon dioxide emissions have decreased by 37.5%, total sulfur dioxide emissions have decreased by 91.8%, and total nitrogen oxide emissions are down 74.2% (see images). ­Sanders also included per capita…
    Brenee Goforth, September 9, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal that the Cooper administration’s stance on renewable-energy tax credits could lead to higher N.C. life insurance premiums. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges lawmakers to enact long-term redistricting reform as they follow a court order to redraw current election maps.
    Mitch Kokai, September 9, 2019
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    Did You Know?

    And that’s not the whole story of North Carolina’s energy progress, thanks to market forces. But it’s not just that North Carolina is seeing lower energy-based emissions. We’re doing this while continuing to be one of the nation’s fastest-growth states in terms of population.
    Donna Martinez, September 4, 2019
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    Charting North Carolina’s falling emissions this century (2019 update)

    Here are the charts featuring North Carolina's energy-based emissions across the course of this century.
    Jon Sanders, August 30, 2019