Environment

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    AOC believes Miami will disappear without Green New Deal

    Paul Crookston of the Washington Free Beacon highlights an outlandish prediction from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) said Wednesday that Miami has only a few years left on this planet. At an NAACP forum, the democratic socialist touted the Green New Deal, her radical…
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 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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    Climate change, hurricanes, and an overhyped link

    Earth and atmospheric sciences professor Judith Curry urges National Review Online readers to be wary of claims involving climate change and hurricanes. In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian’s catastrophic impacts on the Bahamas, we have been reminded of the inevitability that some aspect of any damaging hurricane will…
    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
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    Why North Carolina’s Emissions Keep Falling

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders reported on North Carolina’s decreasing emissions. According to Sanders, since 2000, total carbon dioxide emissions have decreased by 37.5%, total sulfur dioxide emissions have decreased by 91.8%, and total nitrogen oxide emissions are down 74.2% (see images). ­Sanders also included per capita…
    Brenee Goforth, September 9, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Durham considers fee on plastic and paper bags at retail outlets

    This week, Carolina Journal’s Brooke Conrad reported on a proposed bag ban in Durham. According to Conrad: In Durham, that city’s Environmental Advisory Board recently endorsed the idea of charging 10 cents for every plastic and paper bag customers carry out of stores. The proposal came from Don’t Waste Durham,…
    Brenee Goforth, September 3, 2019
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    Property rights and the Amazon fires

    Webb Beard explains at the Foundation for Economic Education’s website how property rights could help protect Amazon rainforest. According to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), a unit of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, fires are up 80 percent this year compared to the same time period…
    Mitch Kokai, September 3, 2019
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    Charting North Carolina’s falling emissions this century (2019 update)

    Here are the charts featuring North Carolina's energy-based emissions across the course of this century.
    Jon Sanders, August 30, 2019