Environment (page 117)

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    Government shouldn’t pursue an ‘all of the above’ approach to energy policy

    You might think it makes sense for the federal government to pursue an energy policy that relies on wind, solar power, biomass, and other politically correct renewable sources, along with the traditional coal, natural gas, and nuclear power. But an “all of the above” approach creates problems. Dr. David Schnare,…
    Mitch Kokai, June 13, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Karen Welsh’s latest Carolina Journal Online report details state budget plans to shift the state forestry division from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. John Hood’s Daily Journal outlines three contrasting visions of public education.
    Mitch Kokai, June 7, 2011
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    Ridge Law Exemption Proposed: Good for Bigger Government

    North Carolina has a law, known as the Ridge Law, that generally bans construction of most structures over 40 feet along the ridgelines. As I wrote nearly two years ago, wind power advocates are trying to create a special exemption for massive wind turbines. There shouldn’t be a Ridge…
    Daren Bakst, June 6, 2011
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    Agencies Shouldn’t Exceed Federal Standards

    As I have written about extensively, state agencies shouldn’t be allowed to adopt rules that exceed federal standards. The Charlotte Observer reports on provisions in the Senate budget that would prohibit select agencies, including the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), from exceeding federal standards. Lost in…
    Daren Bakst, May 31, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with the American Enterprise Institute’s Steven Hayward about the waning influence of the environmental movement. Donna Martinez’s guest Daily Journal explores the potential impact of a state “Tax Me More Fund.”…
    Mitch Kokai, May 27, 2011
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    House Environment Committee Debates Water Bills

    This morning, the House Environment Committee Heard three water bills HB 586 (Enhance Water Supply Funding), HB 609 (promote water supply development) and HB 787 (NC Water Efficiency Act).  These three bills were presented as a trio in order to finance water reservoirs, promote the development of water supply reservoirs,…
    Kristin Szafranski, May 19, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    If you missed it late Tuesday afternoon, be sure to check out Rick Henderson’s latest Carolina Journal Online report on the sentencing of former Easley aide Ruffin Poole. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why the N.C. House version of a bill targeting terminal makes more sense…
    Mitch Kokai, May 18, 2011
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    “Green” schools push by feds

    According to an eSchool News report, The U.S. Education Department (ED) created the Green Ribbon Schools program to recognize schools that are creating healthy and sustainable learning environments and teaching environmental literacy. The new awards program will receive support from the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and…
    Terry Stoops, May 17, 2011