Environment (page 122)

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    Are Obama’s allies ‘radioactive’?

    The question in the headline paraphrases the provocative headline of a Washington Examiner piece from Timothy Carney. It discusses the impact of Japan's recent nuclear plant problems on the president's green-energy goals. President Obama's push to expand renewable domestic energy has put him in an awkward position following the explosions at a nuclear plant in Japan and the subsequent leakage of radiation. While Obama can still talk about solar, wind and biofuels, nuclear power is practically the only way to generate reliable and affordable energy without fossil fuels. Making things more uncomfortable for Obama, three of his most intimate corporate friends -- General Electric, Duke Energy and Exelon -- are deeply involved in nuclear energy.
    Mitch Kokai, March 31, 2011
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    Repeal SB3

    Representative George Cleveland has introduced House Bill 431 “Repeal Senate Bill 3 of the 2007 Session.”  As I have  pointed out in the past, SB3 is North Carolina’s own cap and tax legislation. The bill caps the amount of electricity that can come from inexpensive energy sources like…
    Roy Cordato, March 30, 2011
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    Why I am not (and never will be) a Republican–reason #HB495

    As Daren notes in his post below 3 of the 4 sponsors of this special interest legislation–a bill that will have absolutely no environmental benefits but will impose additional costs on consumers–are Republicans. They are Ruth Samuelson, Tom Murry, and Tim Moffitt. The more things change the more…
    Roy Cordato, March 30, 2011
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    Favors for The Powerful Solar Lobby

    A new bill (HB 495) was introduced in the House that would require utilities to double the amount of solar power they have to buy in order to meet the 7.5% renewable energy mandate of SB 3. Further, the bill would allow utility companies to meet the 7.5% mandate…
    Daren Bakst, March 30, 2011
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    Good news, America! The ‘Great Recession’ means emissions are down!

    Great-great-great-great grandchildren are dancing in the streets of the future! This is winning. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill shares the joyous tidings: Now you might hate polar bears so much as to wonder why thinking lower emissions since it requires a prolonged recession is good, but that would…
    Jon Sanders, March 29, 2011
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    Just what we need: More movies about global warming

    James Lileks’ latest National Review column ponders the United Nations’ efforts to convince Hollywood to draw more attention to “the dangers of global warming.” ”Usually I speak to prime ministers and presidents, but that has its limits,” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who arrived in Los…
    Mitch Kokai, March 28, 2011
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    Repeal Senate Bill 3

    Recent newspaper articles have discussed the John Locke Foundation's  view that the state legislature should repeal the 2007 state renewable energy mandate bill (SB 3). Here's a bit more information on why SB 3 should be repealed, along with some thoughts about the views expressed in those articles. The SB 3 Mandate SB 3 mandates that utility companies generate at least 7.5% of their electricity from renewable energy sources (such as biomass, solar, and wind). If a bill mandated coal or nuclear power, this also would be a problem.  Utility companies should be generating electricity from the most reliable and inexpensive sources of electricity, whatever those sources may be.  If those sources are wind and solar, so be it. Costs: Due to this mandate, North Carolina electricity customers have to pay far more for electricity.  Utility companies don't bear the costs--they pass on the costs to customers.
    Daren Bakst, March 27, 2011
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    High-profile political battles in Wisconsin and Ohio have generated attention for the issue of public-sector collective bargaining. John Hood discusses the implications for North Carolina in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Roy Cordato will explain why “market-based environmentalism” has little to do with free markets, and…
    Mitch Kokai, March 25, 2011