• 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

    Battery storage is not what you think

    posted January 22, 2021 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    You might think that battery storage would provide power for the time when the sun doesn’t shine. You might think battery storage would eliminate the need for combustion turbines. You might think battery storage would lead to zero emissions of GHGs. In all cases, you would be very wrong.
  • 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…
  • John Locke Update

    The Green Real Deal: Cheap, Plentiful Natural Gas from Fracking

    posted March 26, 2019 by Jon Sanders
    Sen. Bernie Sanders recently called climate change “an existential threat” and blamed it for last weekend’s deadly Alabama tornadoes. Gov. Roy Cooper testified before Congress that climate change…
  • Research Report

    The Truth on Global Warming: Smokestacks Bill Could Lead to Costly Regulations

    posted July 4, 2001 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Embedded within "clean smokestacks" legislation now moving through the General Assembly is the creation of a new commission to develop state policies to combat global warming. But the scientific issues involved are complex and unsettled. If North Carolina were to try to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions on its own, it would have a trivial impact on global climate but destroy tens of thousands of jobs, particularly in the state's faltering manufacturing sector.

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