Environment (page 106)

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    CO2 Emissions Drop to 20 Year Low

    Did you hear about the drop in CO2 emissions this year?  I didn’t think so.  It seems to have been kept pretty quiet.  But here it is.  According to an Energy Department report, in the first 4 months of 2012, U.S. CO2 emissions dropped to roughly 1992 levels. …
    Julie Tisdale, August 17, 2012
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    Wind power plant waits till after president’s visit to lay off 20 percent of its work force

    I have, on occasion, noted how Big Green Energy, favored by Pres. Obama, has this self-defeating habit of being thoroughly and unmitigatingly unproductive. Things are bad when you’re the Green Emperor stuck having to put a brave face on, e.g., a $54 million, five-employee boondoggle.
    Jon Sanders, August 15, 2012
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    Obama: Watch me outdo Bush’s ethanol idiocy, too

    The Bush Administration’s ethanol fetish is now under full ownership by the Obama Administration, and just as with the federal deficit, Homeland Security, the TSA, ad nauseam, any bad move Bush can do, Obama can do even worse (like upping the percentage of engine-damaging ethanol in each gallon…
    Jon Sanders, August 15, 2012
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    Britain’s obsession with wind power will cost its electricity customers big

    It is no secret that governments around the world have become obsessed with massive subsidies for wind power. Of course, the reason why it must be subsidized is because no rational utility company would choose such an inefficient source for generating its electricity. But the costs go way beyond…
    Roy Cordato, August 15, 2012
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    Happy 75th anniversary to the Appalachian Trail

    The Associated Press reports what’s happening with the iconic hiking trail.
    Michael Lowrey, August 15, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features George Mason University economist Donald Boudreaux’s discussion of capitalism’s role in fighting pollution. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why conservatives and libertarians will never buy into the notion that European-style social democracy is morally superior to American-style market…
    Mitch Kokai, August 10, 2012
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    Borders reads a property-rights argument in The Lorax

    Most conservative analysis of “The Lorax” characterizes Dr. Seuss’ story — and its recent movie adaptation — as a simpleminded environmentalist screed. Max Borders is not so sure. He argues in his latest Ideas Matter update that the original story’s text exhibits support for government protection…
    Mitch Kokai, August 9, 2012
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    Perdue to environmental zealots: I’m just not that into you

    Gov. Beverly Perdue’s decision to ignore professional left-of-center environmentalists’ complaints about three bills passed during the closing days of this year’s legislative session — including the controversial sea-level bill — brings to mind Steven Hayward’s description of the environmental movement: “the battered spouses of…
    Mitch Kokai, August 2, 2012