• John Locke Update

    Cooper is Steering North Carolina Towards Electricity Blackouts

    posted February 10, 2021 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    North Carolinians should know that many of the energy policies Gov. Roy Cooper has advocated for here in North Carolina follow the mistakes identified as the cause of California's blackouts. As in California, these missteps will leave North Carolina unprepared for our energy future and will ultimately lead to blackouts here. North Carolina should not repeat California’s mistakes.
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    Stein’s coal-ash settlement agreement means even higher rates for Duke customers

    posted January 29, 2021 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    Prior to becoming governor, AG Roy Cooper spoke strongly against consumers being made to pay coal ash cleanup costs, but under his governorship and two settlement agreements later, consumers appear to be on the hook for almost 90 percent of the $9 billion cleanup costs.
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    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.
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    Governor Cooper’s pattern of obfuscation

    posted June 30, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    Growing up in North Carolina, I was told to distrust those who were dishonest because “one fib leads to another.” Indeed, neurological research has reported physiological changes that occur…
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    Electricity policy in the post-COVID economy

    posted May 7, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Energy poverty is a serious issue. Research shows that higher energy prices cost lives. The U.S. Energy Information Agency showed in 2018 that one in three families struggled…
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    Unlike climate change, COVID-19 is an actual existential threat

    posted April 8, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    The COVID-19 pandemic has readjusted many of our priorities. The country is pulling together for a common goal: to “flatten the curve.” Many are putting their jobs, careers, education, and…

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