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    New research: getting rid of nuclear power costs lives

    Research shows this to be a stark choice: higher energy prices costs lives, and lower energy prices saves lives. Playing politics with energy prices plays with people's lives.
    Jon Sanders, October 29, 2019
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    How electricity generation has changed in NC this century

    Updating a chart from the 2017 Spotlight report on "The Market Forces Behind North Carolina’s Falling Emissions" with the most recent data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
    Jon Sanders, September 27, 2019
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    Learn to distinguish cronyism from market competition

    Cronyism is directly opposed to market competition. After all, you don't have government forcing people to do what they'd do anyway. That's why there's no law saying you have to put on your pants before your shoes.
    Jon Sanders, February 9, 2018
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    Examining the Sierra Club claim that renewable energy is “least cost”

    My newsletter yesterday examines a quotation in the Asheville Citizen-Times from a Sierra Club representative unhappy with the Utilities Commission giving approval to Duke Energy’s plan for converting one of its coal plants to natural gas: Emma Greenbaum, North Carolina organizing representative for Sierra Club, said she is pleased the commission turned…
    Jon Sanders, March 3, 2016
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    Why Duke Energy Progress is proposing a NET rate decrease

    For the proposed decrease to be a net decrease means, of course, that some factors are on the increase, but their effects are outweighed by the factors on the decrease. So let’s examine the press release from Duke Energy about their proposal. Here’s how it opens: Duke Energy Progress’ North…
    Jon Sanders, June 23, 2015
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    Gas Prices

    You may think that gas prices are pretty high in North Carolina, but in California, they’re averaging $4.66/gallon, which is $0.25 higher than Hawaii, the state with the next highest average, and almost a full $1 more than North Carolina’s $3.70 average.  To see just how dramatic the situation…
    Julie Tisdale, October 8, 2012