The recent news that Gov. Pat McCrory claimed credit for killing a bill to end North Carolina’s renewable energy mandate prompted a critique from John Locke Foundation Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato. The Greensboro News & Record published Cordato’s column on the topic. The EPA Abuse website promoted the same column, and it served as the lead news item for an edition of the “Cooler Heads Digest” email.

Speaking of renewable energy, recent headlines around the globe have spelled out plenty of bad news for renewables’ advocates. Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders‘ research newsletter on the topic attracted attention from and N.C. Senate Republicans. Meanwhile, the News & Observer‘s “Investigations” blog cited Sanders’ concerns about the N.C. Commerce secretary’s proposal to institute a new tax on hydraulic fracturing that would fund targeted economic incentives. The Lenoir News-Topic cited Sanders’ recent analysis of a change in state election law dealing with new limits on dates for special elections. promoted Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry‘s research newsletter on North Carolina’s last sales tax holiday. NC Spin’s website picked up Research Publications Coordinator Julie Gilstrap‘s blog entry explaining why she doesn’t worry about rising sea levels. An Asheville Citizen-Times editorial cited an updated JLF report on the merits of raising North Carolina’s age of juvenile justice jurisdiction.