Energy (page 7)

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    How electricity generation has changed in NC this century

    Updating a chart from the 2017 Spotlight report on "The Market Forces Behind North Carolina’s Falling Emissions" with the most recent data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
    Jon Sanders, September 27, 2019
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    N.C.’s Top Stakeholders Are the People – Not Special Interests

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief on Gov. Roy Cooper’s Clean Energy Plan (CEP). Sanders writes: Governor Roy Cooper’s unserious “Clean Energy Plan” (CEP) identified 164 organizations that “participated in the CEP development stakeholder process.” Here’s how Cooper’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) engaged with these lesser…
    Brenee Goforth, September 24, 2019
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    Fracking or war?

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online offers a choice between controversy and conflict. Here is a news lead that begins with a bang and ends with a whimper: “The strike on the heartland of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, including damage to the world’s biggest petroleum-processing facility, has driven…
    Mitch Kokai, September 24, 2019
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    The biggest issue in electricity policy is the one thing they don’t talk about

    Listen to politicians, lobbyists, talking heads, editorialists, and activists discuss ways to reform electricity policy in North Carolina. What don't you hear?
    Jon Sanders, September 23, 2019
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    REAL Ways to Improve the Environment

    As the climate strikers began their public strike, the former secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, Don van der Vaart, published an opinion piece in Carolina Journal on ways individuals can improve the environment. Van der Vaart, now a Senior Fellow with the John Locke Foundation, was…
    Brenee Goforth, September 23, 2019
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    ‘Stakeholder’: it doesn’t mean you get to stake a claim on other people’s business

    DEQ lists 164 "stakeholders" to develop a "Clean Energy Plan." They identify "key stakeholders" as those "with a vested interest in clean energy." OK, so who cares for affordable, reliable, efficient electricity?
    Jon Sanders, September 13, 2019
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    National Review labels Warren ‘daft’ on fracking

    Editors at National Review Online are no fans of Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren‘s stance on fracking. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts promises that if she is elected president, she will issue an immediate unilateral prohibition — based on some presidential power that she’ll invent as soon as…
    Mitch Kokai, September 11, 2019
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    Democratic candidates’ fracking ban would be dangerous, asinine

    A ban on fracking would be asinine. It would be self-destructive, devastating to the economy, a gut punch to the poor, and practically ineffective to do anything about climate change. It's also something Vladimir Putin has been working for years to bring it about.
    Jon Sanders, September 10, 2019