Environment (page 118)

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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
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina will play a key role in presidential candidates’ electoral calculations in the new year. John Hood explains why in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Roy Cordato will discuss Climategate 2.0, and Rick Henderson will react to a recent legislative update about the transfer of…
    Mitch Kokai, December 30, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sara Burrows reports for Carolina Journal Online about a recent John Locke Foundation forum exposing the economic and environmental problems associated with wind power projects. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why we would be a lot better off if more of us minded our own business.
    Mitch Kokai, December 28, 2011