Global warming (page 38)

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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 Here's a bit more information on why SB 3 should be repealed, along with some thoughts about the views expressed in those articles.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
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    Guess who likes higher gas prices?

    People who want a larger role for the “green” economy, that’s who. The latest Bloomberg Businessweek offers details: [T]here's a silver lining in higher oil prices—or, rather, a green lining—for Obama, who has made clean energy one of his paramount causes. Rising fuel costs could go a long way toward advancing Obama's "Win the Future" vision of an economy remade by green technologies, including electric vehicles, advanced batteries, wind and solar power, and high-speed trains. "If you want to make people switch toward cleaner energy sources," says Nigel J. Gault, chief U.S. economist for IHS Global Insight, "you need to change the price incentives people are facing. One way to do that would be to make traditional energy much more expensive." … … Truth be told, higher prices are what it takes to change the energy consumption habits of large numbers of Americans. "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," Energy Secretary Steven Chu told The Wall Street Journal in 2008 when he was director of the University of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Chu has backed away from that view since taking office.
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
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    Higher Energy Prices Are Good!

    Environmental extremists want higher energy prices and believe it to be beneficial regardless of the costs to the poor and other North Carolinians. A recent letter to the editor in the News & Observer from a representative from the NC. Sierra Club confirms the extremists’ agenda. From the letter:…
    Daren Bakst, March 17, 2011