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    Demand Management: Social engineering by any other name …

    posted October 27, 2010 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Over the past decade the “demand side management” (DSM) model of public policy has crept into the state of North Carolina’s approach to regulation. Advocates of DSM are clear in making explicit their goals of social engineering and the rearrangement of lifestyles. The language in their guiding documents are replete with references to “behavior modification” and “restraining and restricting” certain activities or lifestyle choices. DSM is inconsistent with a free society, where the role of government is to respond to constituent demands, not manage and control them.
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    Get the Math Right: Columbus County leaders are wrong about proposed tax hike’s size, need

    posted October 12, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Columbus County commissioners are overselling the value of a proposed tax increase to voters by at least $300,000. County commissioners have repeatedly said the new quarter-cent sales tax increase would raise $1.0 million, but recent county estimates suggest the tax would bring in about $700,000. That would be equivalent to a 2.2-cent property tax rate increase.
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    Costs of Nuclear vs. Solar: It’s No Contest

    posted August 31, 2010 by Dr. Carlo Stagnaro, Daren Bakst
    A study by the North Carolina Waste Awareness Network (NC WARN), an anti–nuclear power advocacy group, argues that solar power today is less expensive than nuclear power. Media have embraced this study despite its absurd conclusion and its arbitrary use of subsidies in calculating the costs of competing energy sources.
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    The Clean Smokestacks Bill: A Retrospective

    posted March 4, 2010 by Kamen Nikolaev, Dr. Roy Cordato
    In 2002 the State of North Carolina passed what was officially titled “Improve Air Quality/Electric Utilities,” which became better known as the Clean Smokestacks Bill (CSB). When the CSB was passed in 2002, it was estimated to cost $2.3 billion.
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    A Decade of Data on Smog: Just the facts

    posted September 1, 2009 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    In 2008 the EPA dramatically tightened its standards for defining a high ozone day. Even under EPA’s more stringent new standard, North Carolina — both as a whole and within its major regions — has experienced significant reductions in the number of high ozone days.
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    Wind Power and the Ridge Law: N.C. Legislature Should Stop Providing Special Treatment for Wind Power

    posted August 23, 2009 by Daren Bakst
    Wind power advocates are pushing for commercial wind turbines along the mountain ridgelines - the mountains and the coast are the only locations where wind is viable in North Carolina. These commercial wind turbines can be as tall as 500 feet or the height of 50-story skyscrapers. The Ridge Law generally prohibits most tall buildings over 40 feet from being built along the ridgelines.
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    The Economic Impact of North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard

    posted August 2, 2009 by David Tuerck, Paul Bachmann, and Michael Head
    In 2007, the passage of Senate Bill 3 (SB 3) in North Carolina required that all of the state's public electric utilities increase the percentage of electricity generated from new renewable energy sources. The Beacon Hill Institute in conjunction with the John Locke Foundation has set out to estimate the costs and benefits of SB 3 and its impact on the state's economy.
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    Ten Myths about North Carolina’s Private Schools: A Parent’s Guide

    posted July 29, 2009 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This guide is a first step in a larger effort to correct decades-old misconceptions about North Carolina's private schools. In the spring of 2009, the John Locke Foundation conducted a survey of all private schools in North Carolina. Much of the information below comes from responses to the questionnaire.
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    No Bureaucrat Left Behind: N.C. public schools add staff at a much faster rate than enrollment

    posted May 27, 2009 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    North Carolina’s public schools continue to add administrative, non-instructional, and instructional support positions at rates that far exceed enrollment growth. Since 2000, North Carolina’s public school student enrollment (Average Daily Membership) has increased by approximately 13 percent, while school personnel has increased by nearly 18 percent. North Carolina’s pupil/staff ratio decreased from nearly 8:1 in 2003 to just over 7:1 in 2006.

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