• Research Report

    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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    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.
  • Press Release

    Ozone Pollution Low Despite High Temperatures

    posted August 17, 2005
    RALEIGH – Despite record high temperatures, North Carolina’s major metropolitan areas are experiencing a third straight year of low ozone pollution, according to a new analysis published by the John…
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    Ozone in the City: NC Cities on Track for Third Straight Year of Few High-Ozone Days

    posted August 10, 2005 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Despite record high temperatures during the month of July, North Carolina’s metropolitan areas are experiencing a third straight year of relatively few high ozone days. Unfortunately good news doesn’t sell and there are some “environmental advocates” in the state who seem intent on sounding the alarm bells regardless of the facts.
  • Press Release

    Scientist to Speak Tuesday on Global Warming

    posted July 10, 2005
    RALEIGH – As the North Carolina General Assembly considers a bill to create the South’s first state commission on climate change, a leading expert on the issue will be in…
  • Press Release

    Analyst: Seek Range of Views on Global Warming

    posted July 5, 2005
    RALEIGH – The mission of the General Assembly’s proposed commission on global climate change can best be accomplished by soliciting a wide variety of expert opinions on the science and…
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    Lung Association Chokes: Another Year of Misleading North Carolinians

    posted June 9, 2005 by Joel Schwartz
    Once again, the American Lung Association's annual “State of the Air” report misleads the public by exaggerating the data and issuing “grades” meant more to scare than to inform. The ALA claims up to 900 percent more high-ozone days than actually occurred and gives F grades to counties that are having no problem meeting EPA guidelines.

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