Energy (page 130)

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    Spinning for Wind Power

    The News & Observer in an editorial makes some “misstatements” about wind power. Wind power, like solar-generated electricity, isn’t “on” all the time, as a coal- or gas-fired generating station can be. But the fuel is free and emissions are nil. Construction costs are far lower than with nuclear…
    Daren Bakst, April 11, 2011
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    New at CJO: Lawmakers debate solar jobs bill

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report discusses a legislative proposal dubbed the “solar jobs bill.”…
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Karen McMahan’s latest Carolina Journal Online report details N.C. legislation that would place a new tax on appliances that don’t meet federal energy-efficiency standards. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why the Obama administration’s “rail fantasies” represent an “intolerable” waste of resources.
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2011
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    The EPA’s carbon regulation goals

    Daren Bakst and Roy Cordato have been warning you about federal regulators’ efforts to clamp down on carbon dioxide emissions. The latest TIME features an interview in which Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson sheds more light on the topic.
    Mitch Kokai, April 4, 2011
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    TIME tackles shale gas

    The latest TIME cover story focuses on the pros and cons of pursuing America shale gas deposits to meet future energy needs. Using new drilling methods pioneered by a Texas wildcatter, companies have been able to tap enormous quantities of gas from shale, leading to rock-bottom…
    Mitch Kokai, April 4, 2011
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    NC’s Own Individual Mandate

    The following is from my recent Rights & Regulation newsletter.  You can receive the newsletter by signing up here. Before there was ObamaCare, North Carolina had its own individual mandate. In 2007, the North Carolina legislature mandated that electricity customers buy electricity from renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. The law requiring this mandate, known as SB 3, in some ways is even worse than mandating the purchase of health care. At least with the ObamaCare mandate, you actually would receive health insurance. Under SB 3's energy mandate, North Carolinians will be paying, in part, to receive nothing in return. Since utility companies can buy nearly half of the required renewable energy from outside the state, North Carolinians will be paying an energy tax to subsidize electricity for people in California and other states but won't actually receive the electricity themselves. SB 3 is a mandate not to benefit North Carolinians, but to benefit the solar and wind industries, as can be seen by the requirement to subsidize out-of-state renewable energy companies.
    Daren Bakst, April 1, 2011
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    Three Out of Four Ain’t Bad (for the Solar Lobby)

    OK, the Meatloaf song is two out of three ain’t bad, but work with me here. Not to be outdone, three Senate Republicans (two primary sponsors and one a co-sponsor) are pushing the same solar lobby bill (SB 473) that would increase energy taxes on the public…
    Daren Bakst, March 31, 2011
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    Are Obama’s allies ‘radioactive’?

    The question in the headline paraphrases the provocative headline of a Washington Examiner piece from Timothy Carney. It discusses the impact of Japan's recent nuclear plant problems on the president's green-energy goals. President Obama's push to expand renewable domestic energy has put him in an awkward position following the explosions at a nuclear plant in Japan and the subsequent leakage of radiation. While Obama can still talk about solar, wind and biofuels, nuclear power is practically the only way to generate reliable and affordable energy without fossil fuels. Making things more uncomfortable for Obama, three of his most intimate corporate friends -- General Electric, Duke Energy and Exelon -- are deeply involved in nuclear energy.
    Mitch Kokai, March 31, 2011