• Green Energy: Bootleggers, Baptists & Politicians

    Got on your green-tinted lenses? Over the coming months, you’re going to need them. More stories about various new facilities being constructed around the state make for good ink. You may have already read about the Fibrowatt turkey-waste plant slated for Stanly County. Or the ethanol plant in Raeford. There are more coming. What do they have in common? They’re zombie industries created by coalitions known as “Bootleggers and Baptists.” Wait a minute -- Zombies? Bootleggers? Let me explain.

  • Ethanol Subsidies

    No wonder the caucases are in Iowa! (Ethanol; subsidy; corn).

  • Ethanol: A Corny Joke

    Why ethanol is nothing more than a boondoggle.

  • Cost of Green Subsidies – Texas (Coming Soon to N.C.)

    North Carolina just passed legislation (SB 3) that would require taxpayers to fund the subsidy of wind farms just like this in our state.

  • Trash Legislation

    Writing in praise of landfills is not the easiest way to win friends and influence people. Indeed, most people wouldn’t believe that dumping is the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly form of solid waste management going. But not only have landfill technologies improved over the years, making them safer, owners have figured out how to put more trash into less space.

  • A Green Budget and More

    The 2007-2008 General Assembly Session resulted in the passage of a budget, as well as a number of other bills, that increased funding for a number of environmental initiatives with little to no benefit.

  • Landfill Regulation: Is the State Needed Here?

    A North Carolina moratorium on the construction of new landfills expired on August 1, 2007. With the moratorium’s expiration, state legislators are now proposing the Solid Waste Management Act of 2007 (SB 1492), a bill that would not only deny counties the right to approve their own landfill construction projects, but also mandate additional landfill fees and a $2 per ton state tax on waste. Revenue from the legislation would go to recycling programs and cleaning up old and abandoned landfills. SB 1492 would also require counties to seek state-issued permits for new landfill construction – introducing yet another layer of waste management oversight in a regulatory area already supervised by counties.

  • Energy Bill Generates Hidden Taxes and Little Else

    Are you willing to pay higher electricity rates to support renewable energy? If so, you're one of only about 10,000 people in North Carolina who is. That's because the well-publicized N.C. Green Power program has given state residents an ample opportunity to buy power derived from sources such as solar, wind and hog waste. Yet only 10,000 have signed up, or about .01 percent of the population. As a referendum on renewable energy, N.C. Green Power is a pretty clear indication North Carolinians aren't interested.

  • Seeing Green … A Roundup of the North Carolina “Green” Budget

    North Carolina’s proposed budget for the next biennium is peppered with nods to Big Green. As the following highlights from the House budget (HB 1473) reveal, these measures show that the state is embracing bad economics in an attempt to save mother earth:

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