Environment

BIG SOLAR III: PAC Funnels Cronies’ Money to Candidates

BIG SOLAR III: PAC Funnels Cronies’ Money to Candidates

In part three of our series on the solar power industry, we will look to highlight one of Big Solar’s key channels for spending on political campaigns – and what Big Solar’s success would do to North Carolina.

SPECIAL REPORT, PART II: Are Solar Lobbyists Trying to Hide Their Money Trail?

SPECIAL REPORT, PART II: Are Solar Lobbyists Trying to Hide Their Money Trail?

In part two of this article we look at how the organizations pushing this particular agenda in North Carolina, namely “Big Solar”, are using a Political Action Committee (PAC) to further its agenda. Our investigation suggests that solar lobbyists have been trying to conceal what was really going on.

SPECIAL REPORT: ‘Conservatives’ Pushing Big Solar Funded by the Left

SPECIAL REPORT: ‘Conservatives’ Pushing Big Solar Funded by the Left

By Francis De Luca and Susan Myrick PART I What do President Barack Obama and a growing number of Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly have in common? The answer – their love of major solar energy companies – Big Solar, for short. As for the President – everyone…

Mary Mountcastle and the Reynolds Family Connections

Mary Mountcastle and the Reynolds Family Connections

It can be very difficult to grasp or visualize the vastness of the network of left-wing groups in North Carolina. But one way to start is with the key group on the left – and the family that dominates it. Our research has confirmed that the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has abandoned…

David Neal and the Reynolds Family Connections

David Neal and the Reynolds Family Connections

Mapping the Left It can be very difficult to grasp or visualize the vastness of the network of left-wing groups in North Carolina. But one way to start is with the key group on the left, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation – and the family that dominates it. There are literally hundreds…

EPA Rules to Cost NC Tens of Thousands of Jobs, Drive Up Electricity Costs

EPA Rules to Cost NC Tens of Thousands of Jobs, Drive Up Electricity Costs

New rules by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) imposing unprecedented restrictions on electric power plants will drive up energy bills and cost North Carolina tens of thousands of jobs, according to a study conducted by the Beacon Hill Institute of Suffolk University and released by the Civitas Institute. The study…

Radical Environmental Groups Violate NC Law, FCC Rules

Radical Environmental Groups Violate NC Law, FCC Rules

Two ultraliberal, out-of-state national groups are apparently flouting state law and violating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules (§ 73.1212) in a campaign attacking legislators who favor bringing energy development and jobs to North Carolina. So far in 2014, more than $2 million has been spent in TV ad buys as…

Time to Slow Down the Runaway Solar Train

Time to Slow Down the Runaway Solar Train

Trains are notoriously hard to slow down – even when we need them to. North Carolina’s solar subsidies, some of the most generous in the nation, are sort of like a runaway train that just keeps moving forward. Maybe now is the time to tap the brakes. With the intention…

 

HB 298, Affordable and Reliable Energy Act: Ending the Waste

I’m really enjoying riding the wild, wacky merry-go-round of North Carolina’s renewable energy mandates. Yesterday, I got my bill from Duke Energy Progress, or whatever it is this week. I sure was glad that by paying it I was helping out the beleaguered pig farmers of North Carolina. That’s sarcasm,…

 

Civitas Action To Grade Energy Bill

Yesterday morning, Civitas Action alerted legislators to House Bill 298, the Affordable and Reliable Energy Act, indicating its support, and promised to include the bill in its future rankings. The notice is reproduced below. Dear Legislator, House Bill 298, Affordable and Reliable Energy Act, is a measure that would protect…

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