• John Locke Update

    Electric Vehicles: The Wrong Answer to the Right Question

    posted October 3, 2019 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 80 claims to seek reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to combat global warming. A major component of the order is the promotion of electric…
  • Press Release

    N.C. government policies driving up energy costs

    posted May 12, 2008
    RALEIGH – As energy costs climb in North Carolina, state lawmakers are contributing to the problem with misguided policies targeting climate change. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report…
  • Research Report

    Low-Cost Energy: Critical for the Economy and Our Way of Life

    posted May 12, 2008 by Geoff Lawrence, Daren Bakst
    Low-cost energy is not only critical to the economy, but also to our health, safety, and general welfare. Despite concerns over energy prices, policymakers are intentionally increasing energy prices through new taxes and regulations.
  • Research Report

    It’s Not Just a Good Idea, It’s the Law: Climate Commission Ignores Legislative Mandates

    posted February 19, 2007 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Any recommendations made by North Carolina’s Global Climate Commission this spring will lack much of the underlying analysis required by the Commission’s enabling legislation. Senate Bill 1134, which established the Commission in 2005, was explicit. It stated that the Commission “shall conduct an in depth examination” of a list of important scientific and economic issues. After over a year of meetings the Commission has ignored what any reasonable observer would conclude are the most important questions.
  • Press Release

    Why N.C. Can’t Cool the World

    posted January 17, 2006
    RALEIGH – If North Carolina cut its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, what effect would it have on global warming? Nothing that could be measured, even after 100 years. That’s according…
  • Research Report

    State Can’t Change the Weather: Even Global CO2 Reductions Have Little Impact

    posted January 17, 2006 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Dr. Thomas Wigley from the U.S. National Center for Scientific Research has calculated that if the Kyoto Protocol were implemented with 100% compliance it would reduce the increase in global temperatures by between 0.18º F and 0.37º F in 100 years. This amount would be undetectable by standard measuring devices. It is unreasonable therefore to expect that North Carolina, acting along or in consort with other states, could do anything to mitigate future global warming.

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