Environment (page 108)

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    DENR draft report: fracking can be done safely in NC

    WRAL has the story: After an extensive study of energy exploration in North Carolina, state environmental officials said Friday that a controversial method of natural gas drilling can be done safely if regulations are put in place first. Much of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’…
    Jon Sanders, March 16, 2012
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    New auto fuel-economy standards questioned

    Former John Locke Foundation Headliner Marlo Lewis explains to National Review Online readers this morning why “skepticism is justified” when it comes to Obama administrations claims about new federally mandated automobile fuel-economy standards. If the standards are as beneficial as the agencies contend, why…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2012
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    You might be a progressive if…

    …you think that the best way to reduce the cost of wind and solar power is to increase subsidies to those industries while at the same time you believe that a solution to the high cost of gasoline is to increase taxes on the oil industry. My guess is that…
    Roy Cordato, March 14, 2012
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    The first locovore also ate organic

    Cafe Hayek’s Quotation of the Day: … is from page 557 of Will Durant’s 1950 volume, The Age of Faith; here Durant writes about the typical medieval peasant: He shared in the social life of the village, but had no cultural interests.  He could not read; a literate…
    Michael Sanera, March 13, 2012
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    So-called green industry means paying folks NOT to produce

    I trust by now you’re heard about the Chevy Volt, that Yugo of the 21st century, the flagship vehicle of the green nanny state, that utter failure. The electric fire hazard that took about $3 Billion in state and federal dollars in tax incentives to be produced…
    Jon Sanders, March 12, 2012
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    Fracking’s promises of jobs and economic growth are too compelling to ignore

    My newsletter this week talks about energy crises, past and present, and traces what the discovery of oil and the discovery of commercially viable methods of hydraulic fracturing have in common. Then it discusses what fracking means for North Carolina.
    Jon Sanders, March 9, 2012
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Critics of the Republican-led General Assembly have complained that the state’s latest budget dropped North Carolina to 49th in the nation in education funding. Terry Stoops probes the accuracy of that claim in the latest edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson will discuss the $56 million taxpayers…
    Mitch Kokai, March 9, 2012
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    Getting Nothing for Something: Wind Farms to Be Paid Not to Produce

    This incident, reported by Fox News, ably demonstrates the counterproductive outcomes that arise when government officials meddle with the incentives of producers: Wind farms in the Pacific Northwest — built with government subsidies and maintained with tax credits…
    Baxter Rollins, March 8, 2012