Environment

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    Green New Deal not about the climate

    Editors at the Washington Examiner probe the real purpose of the Green New Deal. … [T]he $93 trillion Green New Deal, was still billed as if it were a legitimate environmentalist idea. We were supposedly trying to save the world from imminent destruction. As [Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez herself put…
    Mitch Kokai, July 15, 2019
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    Can Higher Property Taxes in Orange County Save the Planet?

    Commissioners in Orange County, North Carolina, apparently think proceeds from a quarter-cent property tax increase would mitigate climate change.
    Jon Sanders, July 9, 2019
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    Green groups don’t like Trump’s deregulation agenda

    Robert Bradley writes for National Review Online about the environmental lobby’s response to recent Trump administration actions. The Interior Department just revised a series of Obama-era regulations governing offshore oil and gas drilling — and environmentalists are hopping mad. Recently, green groups including the Sierra Club and EarthJustice…
    Mitch Kokai, June 28, 2019
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    Becki Gray On “After Spin”: What Do We Do With Toxic Materials In Solar Panels?

    “This is an impending crisis. This could be the next coal ash pollution problem.” Becki Gray recently made this comment on NC SPIN’s online series “After SPIN.” The potential crisis Gray is the looming environmental issue of solar panel disposal. Solar panels contain toxic materials, and experts estimate the lifespan…
    Brenee Goforth, June 24, 2019
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    JLF’s Donald van der Vaart Comments to Southern Farm Network on Controversial NC Livestock Regulations

    Thursday, June 20, JLF Senior Fellow and former Secretary for the N. C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Dr. Donald van der Vaart was featured on Southern Farm Network’s website commenting on the new regulations from the DEQ on livestock farmers. The regulations set by the DEQ impose a number…
    Brenee Goforth, June 24, 2019
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    Can higher property taxes in Orange County save the planet?

    Could Orange County do anything to influence the world's climate, with or without resorting to higher taxes? Do the math; the answer is a clear no. But they can make things more expensive for residents.
    Jon Sanders, June 19, 2019
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    The latest rebranding of ‘global warming’

    Thomas Lifson of the American Thinker highlights the latest attempt to excite people about global warming threats. Apparently not enough people are convinced that we have only 12 years left before the world ends. The first brand identity of the doomsday cultists had it that “global warming” was…
    Mitch Kokai, June 17, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. Senate committee discussion of a bill targeting safe disposal of spent solar energy panels. John Hood’s Daily Journal explores different definitions of the word “freedom.”…
    Mitch Kokai, June 13, 2019