Energy

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    Less Wind, Higher Costs for European Energy

    Philip Caldwell of the Washington Free Beacon reports bad news for European energy consumers. Energy prices in Europe spiked to record highs in recent weeks as wind power production off the coast of the United Kingdom plummeted. The wind has stopped blowing in the North Sea, where Britain…
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2021
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    California begs feds to pollute more in electricity provision. Wonder why?

    CAISO wants the DoE to suspend air-pollution rules so it can use natural gas turbines as "back-up power generation and freeing up additional energy capacity to help alleviate electric demand on the electricity grid." 
    Jon Sanders, September 10, 2021
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    ‘Buy American’ or ‘Go Green’?

    Josh Siegel of the Washington Examiner reports on a clash between two Biden administration policies. There is an inherent tension in President Joe Biden’s climate plans between reducing emissions as fast as possible and building up U.S. manufacturing of clean energy technologies to create a strong domestic workforce.
    Mitch Kokai, September 8, 2021
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    “What was the issue with the wind?” “It didn’t blow.”

    “Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?” “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” “The dog did nothing in the night-time.” “That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes. — “Silver Blaze,” from The Memoirs of…
    Jon Sanders, September 7, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Jeff Moore reports for Carolina Journal Online about concerns surrounding a proposed offshore wind farm near Corolla. John Hood’s CJ Opinion highlights Thoms Jefferson’s history of support for religious liberty. Ray Nothstine’s CJ Opinion contrasts President Biden and former N.C. Congressman Walter Jones in their approaches toward…
    Mitch Kokai, September 1, 2021
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    Climate Policies That Boost China’s Prospects

    Jordan McGillis writes at National Review Online about China’s dubious approach to climate policy. As planned, China’s new emissions-trading scheme (ETS) is doing nothing to reduce its emissions. Launched in July, the ETS encompasses 2,200 companies that operate coal- and natural-gas-fired power plants — facilities responsible for 40…
    Mitch Kokai, August 31, 2021
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    Kitty Hawk Wind Farm Project Poses Serious Ecological and Environmental Risks and Economic Burdens

    Federal agency should carefully weigh substantial costs vs. narrow benefit RALEIGH – In comments submitted today to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the John Locke Foundation’s senior fellow of regulatory studies, economist Jon Sanders, urges environmental reviewers to refrain from moving forward with the…
    Donna Martinez, August 27, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Andrew Dunn reports for Carolina Journal Online on one Rowan County community’s fight against a large-scale solar farm. A new CJ Opinion highlights Republican N.C. Supreme Court justices’ concerns about a “success tax” government has levied against a grocery store chain.
    Mitch Kokai, August 24, 2021