Energy

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    Solar and wind: The most power you can rely on getting is nothing

    Strata Solar disclosed that their "maximum dependable capacity is 0 MW." So are all other solar and wind plants'. If 3,750 homes were exclusively reliant upon their power, they'd be dark and powerless most of the time.
    Jon Sanders, May 20, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on criticism of solar energy output ratings. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights the link between economic freedom and business development.
    Mitch Kokai, May 20, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on legislative reaction to the U.S. Department of Defense’s take on possible N.C. wind farms. Lindsay Marchello reports Civitas polling data on voters’ concerns about the environment and education spending. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains that odd-year congressional primaries in…
    Mitch Kokai, May 15, 2019
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    WATCH: JLF’s Donald van der Vaart discusses renewable energy’s role in N.C.

    Dr. Donald van der Vaart, John Locke Foundation senior fellow, discusses the role renewable energy plays in North Carolina. Van der Vaart offered these comments during the April 25, 2019, episode of UNC-TV’s “ncIMPACT.” Watch here.
    Anna Manning, April 29, 2019
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    An economic critique of the Green New Deal

    Benjamin Zycher analyzes the proposed Green New Deal for the American Enterprise Institute. The proposal wilts under even a small level of scrutiny. [N]otwithstanding the assertions from GND proponents that it is an essential policy to confront purportedly adverse climate phenomena, the future temperature impacts of the zero-emissions…
    Mitch Kokai, April 29, 2019
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    Who needs electric vehicle tax credits?

    It’s generally accepted that hybrids and fully electric vehicles make the gas tax regressive because buyers tend to have higher incomes and the cars use less gas. Tax incentives for electric vehicles skew the tax burden further onto people with lower incomes. Authors of a new working paper find the…
    Joseph Coletti, April 23, 2019
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    Earth Day fact: The US leads the world in cutting emissions

    U.S. emissions are at their lowest level since 1992. Per-capita U.S. emissions haven’t been this low since 1950. Emissions have been falling all century in North Carolina, too.
    Jon Sanders, April 22, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    School districts across the state must decide again this year how to cope with a planned teacher union walkout in May. Terry Stoops analyzes the May 1 union action for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Donald van der Vaart explains why government-mandated solar energy contracts…
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2019