Environment (page 105)

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with Roy Cordato about important climate change news that attracted little attention from mainstream media outlets. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights more evidence of the link between state tax policy and economic growth.
    Mitch Kokai, May 24, 2013
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    Obama’s exorbitant green jobs put Reagan’s scandalous toilet seats to shame

    Do you remember when the media were apoplexed by reports that the Defense Department during the days of Reagan were spending hundreds, hundreds of dollars on porcelain throne lids? USA Today does, or did when former Defense Sec. Caspar Weinberger died. For those who don’t, yes, there have…
    Jon Sanders, May 9, 2013
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    A tale of two renewable energy polls

    The new poll by Civitas found “Voters soundly opposed to paying more for so-called Green Energy.” Earlier this year a poll by the NC Sustainable Energy Association found “North Carolinians overwhelmingly support the increased use of clean energy sources like solar or wind energy.” In my newsletter today,…
    Jon Sanders, May 8, 2013
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    Don’t support cleaner-burning fuel — it might stop people from giving the government more power!

    The latest issue of The Atlantic devotes a full 13 pages to answering the question, “What If We Never Run Out of Oil?” Among the more interesting discussion points: People who spend much of their time shouting for cleaner fuel sources frown on fracking for natural gas.
    Mitch Kokai, April 26, 2013
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    Special interests and Republicans’ key ally in the fight against captive ratepayers

    Roy Cordato’s newsletter today puts it starkly: The Republican controlled House Public Utilities Committee voted 18-13 yesterday –allying themselves with the Obama administration and powerful special interest groups against North Carolina’s electricity customers — to defeat the rollback of the state’s renewable portfolio standard. Republicans allying themselves with…
    Jon Sanders, April 25, 2013
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    Only elected Democrats Republicans create jobs

    Under that assumption, which has only changed slightly since 2007, it is therefore incumbent for Republicans now to continue raising electricity prices on poor people and other captured ratepayers — because North Carolina’s Super-Strong Solar Industry cannot survive without exploiting people who have no choice in…
    Jon Sanders, April 24, 2013
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    Hayward details the climate alarmists’ woes

    Steven Hayward shares with Weekly Standard readers some inconvenient facts for those who spout alarmist lines in the climate science debate. After two decades of steady and substantial global temperature increase from 1980 to 1998, the pause in warming is causing a crisis for…
    Mitch Kokai, April 24, 2013
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    Re: N.C. poised to lead the nation …

    Mitch, Good point. The monopoly providers are going to benefit either way; the captured ratepayers, on the other hand, are harmed when the state forces them to purchase electricity generated from more expensive, less efficient and less reliable sources. For the poorest among us, it’s not a small matter.
    Jon Sanders, April 23, 2013