Energy (page 3)

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    The high cost of a fracking attack

    Mark Mills of the Manhattan Institute tallies potential consequences of a ban on hydraulic fracturing. The extraction of oil and gas through the techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (colloquially, “fracking”) has catapulted the United States into leadership of the world’s energy markets. Since 2007, fracking has…
    Mitch Kokai, January 20, 2020
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    Could Cooper’s Coal Ash Deal Up Your Power Bill?

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief on the Duke Energy coal-ash cleanup. Sanders describes the situation: Prior to April 2019, Duke Energy had agreed with the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to close and excavate all but nine of its 31 coal-ash basins. DEQ had rated…
    Brenee Goforth, January 16, 2020
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    Fracking’s long-term impact

    Noah Rothman of Commentary labels the last 10 years the “fracking decade.” Implications of fracking extended far beyond energy prices. The most disorienting seismic shifts attributable to the fracking revolution have been felt in the Middle East, where oil served as the lifeblood of rogue regimes for almost…
    Mitch Kokai, January 13, 2020
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    Magic words to make your power bill go up

    Did you know there are also magic words that can make your power bill go up? They were just used in the coal-ash cleanup settlement agreement between the Cooper administration, environmental groups, Duke Energy, and not ratepayers.
    Jon Sanders, January 9, 2020
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    Another question about the coal-ash settlement: Was it a sue & settle scheme?

    "Sue and settle" is an illiberal tool used by outside pressure groups in cahoots with willing government agencies to bring about a regulatory change they know they could not get through proper political channels.
    Jon Sanders, January 7, 2020
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    When did Cooper change his mind about making consumers pay for coal-ash cleanup? Why?

    How can it be "unfair" and not "reasonable" to sock consumers with the cleanup costs in 2014, but add extra cleanup costs in 2020 and then it’s not a problem? Is the governor no longer "on the side of consumers"?
    Jon Sanders, January 6, 2020
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    Start the New Year Right with Some Good News!

    Just before Christmas, Matt Ridley published a piece in the Spectator under the title, “We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously.” It’s a good antidote to the usual gloom and doom. Here are some excerpts: Let nobody tell you that the second decade…
    Jon Guze, January 6, 2020
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    NPR: Wind energy’s waste problem

    Much of the structure of a wind turbine can be reused, but not the massive blades. And figuring out what to do with those will be a huge problem with enormous expenses.
    Jon Sanders, January 3, 2020