Energy

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    Virginia’s about to hammer its own people to pay $50 Billion more for electricity

    Calling this thing is "an example for other states" is like calling Wile E. Coyote an example for other bird watchers and rock climbers. It's an example of what not to do to your people. North Carolinians need their legislators to avoid Virginia's folly.
    Jon Sanders, March 10, 2020
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    SPN Interviews Locke Foundation CEO Amy Oliver Cooke

    At the beginning of the year, the John Locke Foundation welcomed our new CEO, Amy Oliver Cooke. Recently, the State Policy Network (SPN) published a get-to-know-you interview with Cooke. Among the interview questions are: Why did you want to work for the John Locke Foundation? What are you most excited…
    Brenee Goforth, March 5, 2020
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    Reductions in CO2? Thank Fracking

    America’s fossil fuel production has been on the rise over the past decade. Simultaneously, the nation’s energy-related CO2 emissions have been on a significant decline. Many might ask “How can ramping up our fossil fuel extraction AND decreasing CO2 emissions happen at the same time?” To that question, JLF’s Jon…
    Brenee Goforth, February 25, 2020
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    How can the US lead the world in producing oil and gas AND reducing CO2 emissions?

    Hasn't everything we've been told over the past two decades said that those were impossible? Weren't we under the impression that those things worked in opposition — that we'd have to choose between one or the other?
    Jon Sanders, February 21, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online that a recent court ruling leaves Republicans little flexibility when it comes to reforming Medicaid. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal highlights the latest evidence that wind and solar power generate long-term solid waste problems that have not been addressed.
    Mitch Kokai, February 18, 2020
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    Trump’s fracking big deal

    Daniel John Sobieski writes for the American Thinker about the impact of Trump administration energy policies. After three years of apocalyptic wailing and gnashing of environmentalist teeth over President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the job and economy killing Paris Climate Accord, it is ironic that the one…
    Mitch Kokai, February 17, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. Association of Educators’ increased interest in left-of-center, radical activism. John Hood’s Daily Journal notes the major role of fracked natural gas in reducing North Carolina’s carbon dioxide emissions.
    Mitch Kokai, February 17, 2020
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    Don’t hold your breath for widespread use of electric vehicles

    Abby Smith writes for the Washington Examiner about future prospects for electric vehicles. Consumers have been slow to buy electric cars, despite there being many more electrified options. The Sustainable Energy Factbook notes there are 44 pure battery-electric models and 35 plug-in hybrid models for sale in North…
    Mitch Kokai, February 14, 2020