Environment

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    California begs feds to pollute more in electricity provision. Wonder why?

    CAISO wants the DoE to suspend air-pollution rules so it can use natural gas turbines as "back-up power generation and freeing up additional energy capacity to help alleviate electric demand on the electricity grid." 
    Jon Sanders, September 10, 2021
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    ‘Buy American’ or ‘Go Green’?

    Josh Siegel of the Washington Examiner reports on a clash between two Biden administration policies. There is an inherent tension in President Joe Biden’s climate plans between reducing emissions as fast as possible and building up U.S. manufacturing of clean energy technologies to create a strong domestic workforce.
    Mitch Kokai, September 8, 2021
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    “What was the issue with the wind?” “It didn’t blow.”

    “Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?” “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” “The dog did nothing in the night-time.” “That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes. — “Silver Blaze,” from The Memoirs of…
    Jon Sanders, September 7, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Jeff Moore reports for Carolina Journal Online about concerns surrounding a proposed offshore wind farm near Corolla. John Hood’s CJ Opinion highlights Thoms Jefferson’s history of support for religious liberty. Ray Nothstine’s CJ Opinion contrasts President Biden and former N.C. Congressman Walter Jones in their approaches toward…
    Mitch Kokai, September 1, 2021
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    Climate Policies That Boost China’s Prospects

    Jordan McGillis writes at National Review Online about China’s dubious approach to climate policy. As planned, China’s new emissions-trading scheme (ETS) is doing nothing to reduce its emissions. Launched in July, the ETS encompasses 2,200 companies that operate coal- and natural-gas-fired power plants — facilities responsible for 40…
    Mitch Kokai, August 31, 2021
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    “Eco-friendly” LED Streetlights Decimating Moth Numbers in England

    From the Guardian: “Eco-friendly” LED streetlights produce even worse light pollution for insects than the traditional sodium bulbs they are replacing, a study has found. The abundance of moth caterpillars in hedgerows by rural roads in England was 52% lower under LED lights…
    Terry Stoops, August 27, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Andrew Dunn reports for Carolina Journal Online on one Rowan County community’s fight against a large-scale solar farm. A new CJ Opinion highlights Republican N.C. Supreme Court justices’ concerns about a “success tax” government has levied against a grocery store chain.
    Mitch Kokai, August 24, 2021
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    Climate Activism Versus Democracy

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online ponders a key problem for climate alarmists. Climate change as a potential public-policy issue has been with us since the 1960s, while climate change understood in at least some quarters as an urgent public-policy issue has been with us since at least…
    Mitch Kokai, August 12, 2021