Energy

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    Results of three academic studies of fracking reported this week

    Studies from Yale and Penn State find no impact from fracking on groundwater, while a study from Duke finds that putting fat cells from mice in fracking wastewater for weeks makes them get bigger.
    Jon Sanders, June 21, 2018
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    No, your bank isn’t “100 percent” solar-powered

    How can a bank in Ohio claim to be 100 percent powered by solar energy from North Carolina? They're not actually getting that power from North Carolina. They don't close on rainy days, have limited hours during the winter, and shut down at night. They don't have dedicated employees ready to "man the bikes" in case a cloud passes over Hertford County.
    Jon Sanders, June 6, 2018
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    Trump’s climate accord critics fail to meet its goals

    A year has passed since President Trump started to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. Nicolas Loris reports for the Daily Signal on other countries’ compliance with the agreement. The climate accord is not just a bad deal for the U.S., but for all…
    Mitch Kokai, June 4, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on a bank’s questionable renewable energy claims. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal raises concerns about a plan to pursue a $3 billion statewide road construction bond without voter approval.
    Mitch Kokai, June 4, 2018
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    GenX on solar panels? So why NC doesn’t require reclamation bonding?

    State policymakers need to take prudent actions to protect its environment, even if doing so upsets the solar lobby.
    Jon Sanders, May 24, 2018
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    Carolina Journal: GenX concerns cloud possible expansion of solar facility

    You’ve heard of GenX, but did you know this? Carolina Journal’s Dan Way reports: The state Utility Commission will weigh whether the GenX compound that has polluted the Cape Fear River Basin could contaminate the Wilkinson Solar Plant in the Terra Ceia community of Beaufort County. Opponents of the…
    Donna Martinez, May 24, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that concerns about GenX are complicating the debate about a solar facility in eastern North Carolina. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal explains that experts in trading stocks are not necessarily experts about trade.
    Mitch Kokai, May 24, 2018
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    The Relationship Between Energy Independence & Foreign Policy

    Trump administration official Dan Brouillette made the case at a Raleigh forum on Friday that America is on the verge of energy independence — and that has a direct relationship to America’s foreign policy. Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal: “Today we stand on the cusp of energy independence,”…
    Donna Martinez, May 15, 2018