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    Your ‘Earth Day’ news: NC energy-based emissions have been FALLING all century

    For whatever reason this never makes news reports, even though it is big news. So let me treat it like the big news it is: Energy-based emissions in North Carolina, as in the U.S., have been falling all century. Here are some graphs; read more about them in my Spotlight report on The…
    Jon Sanders, April 21, 2017
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    About that big drop in NC energy emissions this century

    What do all these things have in common? Curious? Read “The Market Forces Behind North Carolina’s Falling Emissions” to find out.
    Jon Sanders, March 22, 2017
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    Public policies favoring renewables are threatening upheaval in power markets

    You can’t have a competitive environment when utilities have to purchase any renewable power that’s produced and when state and federal subsidies and tax credits artificially lower their actual costs by making consumers pay for them in their role as taxpayers. The problem is, these phony state supports aren’t just…
    Jon Sanders, March 8, 2017
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    So why are NC’s energy-based emissions falling this century? Oh, and: NC’s energy-based emissions are falling this century

    Read about this in my Spotlight report on The Market Forces Behind North Carolina’s Falling Emissions. If you’d like a hint, these charts: go a long way toward explaining this graph:…
    Jon Sanders, February 3, 2017
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    The market is solving emissions concerns. Bet you haven’t heard THAT.

    The recent Brookings report on the future of the climate has irreducible good news for environmentalists who have been concerned about emissions. Counter to the pedal drone of media reports, they are going down: Brookings is here reiterating findings by the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the National Oceanic…
    Jon Sanders, January 23, 2017
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    Led by natural gas, CO2 emissions have been falling as media, leftists make it sound as if we’re on the brink of disaster

    Did you know that the U.S. has experienced a 15 percent drop in carbon dioxide emissions since 2008? Maybe I should ask again. It seems wrong, somehow, given everything that media, celebrity activists, leftists, green crony industries, and many politicians have been saying. Did you know… the…
    Jon Sanders, November 1, 2016
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    Detroit News editorial: ‘Green energy’ hurts the poor

    The editorial, by Utah State professor William Shughart and researcher Michael Jensen, reiterate points made here. They argue that the politicized drive for “green energy” is drowning out the much greater problem of energy poverty. (The chart on the right comes from a recent Locker Room post about energy…
    Jon Sanders, August 16, 2016
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    Federal energy subsidies and the battle between cronies

    The New York Times asks, "What would happen if the federal government ended its subsidies to companies that drill for oil and gas?" The American oil and gas industry has argued that such a move would leave the United States more dependent on foreign energy. Many environmental activists counter that ending subsidies could move the United States toward a future free of fossil fuels — helping it curtail its emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The first part of the NYT's answer is correct insofar as it would make foreign oil and gas marginally more competitive. The second part is utter fantasy and wrong in many ways. The question itself is far too narrow for a discussion of energy subsidies. It ignores the far, far greater subsidies for renewable energy, and it also ignore the massive regulatory burden placed on traditional energy sources — which are penalties or, in a different way of looking at it, negative subsidies. Further discussion and graphs follow.
    Jon Sanders, August 8, 2016