Environment (page 110)

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    Before you get too excited about that new wind power study …

    …. the one touted in today’s News & Observer, which “said North Carolina had the largest offshore wind resource on the East Coast and that the state should work with industry to develop the wind energy industry,” you might want to review the concerns the John Locke Foundation has…
    Mitch Kokai, February 9, 2012
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    Obama Administration: No to Oil Shale

    The Obama Administration has already blocked a significant amount of offshore drilling and rejected the Keystone XL pipeline permit. Now, as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy explains: “Development of oil shale has the potential to virtually eliminate America’s need to import oil and create…
    Daren Bakst, February 8, 2012
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    My letter to German Life Magazine

    Dear German Life Editor, Your article about solar and wind energy in Germany (February/March 2012) misinforms your readers because it leaves out important information. Like the United States, the German government is forcing taxpayers and electricity ratepayers to subsidize this industry. Der Spiegel recently reported that solar subsidies have topped…
    Michael Sanera, January 25, 2012
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    Surprise: federal farm subsidies discriminate against organic agriculture

    Federal farm subsidies cost $14 billion each year, and they represent one of the many counterproductive expenses that ought to be cut sooner rather than later. From one of my FFF commentaries: The subsidies, broadly defined, go predominantly for products with established industries with abundant supplies: …
    Fergus Hodgson, January 24, 2012
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    Romney, the last partician, replaced by a new secular clergy

    This is an interesting article by Joel Kotkin.  He argues that Romney is the last patrician and he is being replaced by the a new power elite more akin to a secular congregation. Like the old patricians, this new group shares a basic ideology. Indeed they can be seen…
    Michael Sanera, January 23, 2012
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    Murdock examines Romney’s ‘hot and cold’ record on global warming

    Deroy Murdock‘s latest column examines Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney’s response to global warming alarmism during his career in public life. Willard Mitt Romney these days could not be more explicit about abandoning President Obama’s carbon-dioxide restrictions. “Irresponsibly,” Romney wrote in an…
    Mitch Kokai, January 20, 2012
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    PETA and The Cow Memorial

    PETA is pushing for a memorial to cows who were killed in two recent truck accidents in Illinois. According to the article: Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Josh Kauffman says the request will likely be denied because the state’s Roadside Memorial Act specifies that only relatives who lost loved…
    Daren Bakst, January 5, 2012
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    Invasive species of the moment: large snakes

    Think Burmese pythons and the like that people let loose into the wild. These are already a major problem in south Florida and research by Davidson College’s Michael Dorcas suggests that they may be able to survive further north. The question now is whether federal restrictions on nine species are…
    Michael Lowrey, December 31, 2011