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, if you didn’t guess. State [...]
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 struggling North Carolinians from the [...]
Every day I drive past a gas station and convenience store, the Grocery Boy Junior on Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh. A few weeks ago, while fueling up there and muttering about high gas prices, I noticed something on the marquee outside of the building: “HIGH GAS PRICES [A]FFECT EVERYONE/ VOTE FOR THOSE WHO WILL [...]
Throughout the latest discourse on energy policy and government-related endeavors in natural resources, I have come to a conclusion on the matter: We aren’t running out of resources as fast as some would have you believe. So often we hear that our crude oil supply is decreasing at a rather alarming rate. Historically, however, scientists [...]
The 2012 Legislative Session was especially notable for authorizing legislation to set the stage for energy exploration in North Carolina. The legislature also passed several important bills to limit job-killing environmental regulations, while maintaining environmental protection. Energy On the eve of the 2012 session adjournment, the General Assembly managed to override the Governor’s veto of [...]
Documents obtained by the Civitas Institute suggest Gov. Bev Perdue is attempting to strong-arm North Carolina’s three major utility companies into supplying more expensive energy to their customers in the northeastern part of the state. In a political power-play to reward big business reminiscent of the handling of the Solyndra debacle that embarrassed the Obama [...]
North Carolina’s public enemy number one: plastic. State lawmakers have embarked on a full frontal attack on plastic throughout the state ranging from banning plastic bottles in state-wide landfills to reducing plastic bags in the Outer Banks.
The push to make the words green, energy and efficient all on equal terms was clearly evident during the 2009 General Assembly long session. Some legislators are more vocal about transitioning everything in the state towards a “green” economy more than others, which is revealed in the numerous bills submitted for legislation.
The recently completed two-year budget cycle (2007-08) was marked by legislation that will make energy more expensive and do little, if anything, to protect the environment. The following highlights some of the major things our General Assembly did and didn’t do over the biennium:
Mandatory recycling programs don’t bother most people. But if you thought you were being forced to do something dumb or were getting ripped off—wouldn’t you be troubled? When it comes to municipal recycling in the Triangle, there are only two possible scenarios—either the things we recycle really are just garbage, or the city is helping big companies steal our labor and resources. Sound crazy? Bear with me.
If we want gas prices to be lower, we have to increase supply. People are already responding to high prices by reducing their fuel consumption—and it hurts. We also have to increase our domestic supply. Therefore, we need to drill domestically and do it now. Period. This reality reflects the law of supply and demand.
With gas prices above $4.00 a gallon, citizens are looking to state leaders for answers and relief. On Wednesday, July 9th 2008, the Civitas Institute will hold an information breakfast - “Talking about Energy in N.C.” - in which we’ll talk about realistic energy policy and communicating options to a public looking for change. To register, click here.
How can the state of North Carolina do its part to lower gas prices? We should put a moratorium on recycling program. That’s right. Stop recycling.
Where's the Beef (uh, Warming)?
Cue music. Julia stared blankly from her jail cell. She thought about the bottle that landed her there… not what was in the bottle, the bottle itself. Julia didn’t get a DUI. She failed to recycle. Now she’s paying in hard time. Thanks to a new statewide law, these are the kinds of stories we may be hearing soon.