• John Locke Update

    Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue to Plummet in North Carolina

    posted June 1, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Counter to popular belief, North Carolina's greenhouse emissions have been falling all century — dramatically. The United States leads the world in reducing CO2 emissions. When people don't know these things, they may be more inclined to accept massive government interventions like Gov. Cooper's "Clean Power Plan," which would leave them materially worse off for no reason.
  • John Locke Update

    If Biden Can Support Keeping Nuclear Power Operating, Can Cooper?

    posted May 12, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    With zero emissions, unrivaled reliability, and lowest costs, existing nuclear power checks all the boxes for what different people want from electricity. Losing nuclear power has been shown to increase prices, cause grid instability, and even endanger lives. While Gov. Cooper's "Clean Power Plan" seeks "nuclear generation replacement," Pres. Biden recently signaled support for keeping nuclear plants operating.
  • John Locke Update

    Coal-ash settlement: Why did they all agree to it?

    posted January 27, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Several questions surround the coal-ash cleanup settlement agreement between Gov. Roy Cooper’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), several “Community Groups,” Duke Energy, and not electricity consumers. The agreement…
  • John Locke Update

    Keeping Zero-Emissions, Low-Cost Nuclear Power Saves Lives

    posted November 11, 2019 by Jon Sanders
    Here in North Carolina, in this century, per-capita carbon dioxide emissions from energy generation are down over 50 percent. We are witnessing falling emissions even as we are one…
  • 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…
  • Research Report

    CO2 Regulation: Will the Environmental Management Commission Ignore the Legislature?

    posted March 10, 2009 by Daren Bakst
    North Carolina may for the first time begin regulating emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), an invisible, odorless gas prevalent in almost every sector of the economy and also vital to human health. The Environmental Management Commission, a state commission that adopts environmental regulations, is considering regulations that would mandate certain facilities to report their CO2 emissions. These regulations would lay the groundwork for far costlier CO2 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.

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