Environment (page 6)

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    Turning the tables in the climate debate

    Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller documents a curious development in a court case linked to global warming. Something bizarre happened Wednesday after the U.S. District Court for the District Northern California held a “tutorial” hearing on global warming science. Chevron agreed with the latest scientific assessment from…
    Mitch Kokai, March 23, 2018
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    Update: North Carolina energy emissions are still falling, thanks to market forces

    With new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, I have updated the charts from my report last year on "The Market Forces Behind North Carolina's Falling Emissions."
    Jon Sanders, March 21, 2018
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    Pruitt targets EPA’s misuse of science

    Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller reports on welcome news from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt will soon end his agency’s use of “secret science” to craft regulations. “We need to make sure their data and methodology are published as part…
    Mitch Kokai, March 21, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that Volkswagen settlement money could generate another separation-of-powers dispute in N.C. state government. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains the modern conservative alliance.
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2018
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    Allowing kids to sue over climate change

    Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller details a disturbing federal court ruling from the West Coast. A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in favor of 21 children and young adults suing the U.S. government for not doing enough to protect their constitutional right to a stable climate. The…
    Mitch Kokai, March 9, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on friends and foes of offshore drilling making their points during a hearing this week in Raleigh. John Hood’s Daily Journal explores the historical role of taxes in N.C. transportation.
    Mitch Kokai, February 28, 2018
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    Death threats prompt EPA chief to fly first class

    Critics of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt have mocked him since learning about his habit of taking first-class flights. As Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon reports, few of the critics note that Pruitt is responding to threats from crackpots. A significant increase in death threats…
    Mitch Kokai, February 21, 2018
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    Voluntary contribution? You can’t do that!

    Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget office did not answer a number of questions about the proposed $58 million escrow payment. The budget office’s response to General Assembly staff called the payment a “voluntary contribution” to the state. There is no precedent for this. In fact, I tried years ago…
    Joseph Coletti, February 6, 2018