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Climate Change

North Carolina's General Assembly has created the Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change, which is to examine whether the state should enact policies that would reduce the production of greenhouse gases. Also advising the Legislative Commission is the Climate Action Plan Advisory Group (CAPAG), which is under the guidance of the Center for Climate Strategies, a subsidiary of a global warming advocacy group based in Pennsylvania.

(11.11.15) N.C. Not Yet Joining N.Y. ‘Investigations’ Of Oil, Coal Companies
RALEIGH — While environmental activists believe New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s investigations of oil giant Exxon Mobil and coal producer Peabody Energy could develop into a multistate class-action matter on the scale of the lawsuit against cigarette makers, North Carolina has not joined Schneiderman’s campaign. Environmental groups have pushed Schneiderman to determine if Exxon Mobil and Peabody Energy misled the public about the public health risks from climate change.

(3.02.15) JLF Only State Think Tank Targeted in Climate Probe
RALEIGH — U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, last week accused committee Democrats of an “attempt to silence” the John Locke Foundation — and 106 other organizations that have expressed skepticism over apocalyptic claims of the role of human activity regarding climate change — by demanding the groups surrender 10 years of detailed funding source data.

(9.29.14) DENR Ends ‘Misleading’ Wind-Power Scheme
RALEIGH — The campaign informed visitors that fossil fuels are responsible for global warming and encouraged them to help expand the use of power from “renewable” sources by purchasing “renewable energy certificates,” which have been pitched as a way to offset electricity generation from fossil fuels. Though the program ended on Labor Day, the campaign continued to accept money until late September.

(8.01.14) Study: EPA Smog Rules Could Sock N.C. Economy
RALEIGH — North Carolina could lose 127,360 jobs by 2040, the economy could lose $150 billion in projected growth over that time, and obstacles could prevent the state’s launch of its oil and gas industry if the Environmental Protection Agency goes forward this year with a plan to implement a more restrictive smog control standard.

(7.14.14) Critics: Proposed Raleigh Plastic-Bag Tax A Loser
RALEIGH — Andy Ellen, president and general counsel of the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association, said a plastic bag tax would be “an unconstitutional regulation of trade and commerce in violation of the North Carolina Constitution,” and might lead to “potential litigation” if the city attempts to enact the measure.

(7.10.14) Not Much Cooling Linked to New CO2 Regulations
The impact on climate of these costly regulations would be so tiny, so close to zero, that it is not worth mentioning.

(6.15.12) Balance Needed on Coverage of Sea Level Rise
The costs of adjusting to purported increases in sea level have been left out of major news stories.

(12.01.11) Morehead City Workshop To Examine Effects of Wind Power on Coast
RALEIGH -- Experts from the John Locke Foundation, American Tradition Institute, and George Mason University will meet Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Morehead City to poke holes in the stories coastal North Carolina residents have been hearing about wind power.

(11.28.11) Wilmington Workshop To Examine Impacts of Wind Energy on Coast
RALEIGH — Experts from the John Locke Foundation, American Tradition Institute, and George Mason University will meet Monday, Dec. 5, in Wilmington to poke holes in the stories coastal North Carolina residents have been hearing about wind power.

(4.06.11) Bill Would Double Solar-Energy Mandate by 2018
RALEIGH — The Solar Jobs Bill would require North Carolina utility companies to double their use of solar-energy offsets by the year 2018 — from the current rate of 0.2 percent of all retail electricity sold to 0.4 percent. The law also caps the amount of solar offsets that utilities may purchase from out-of-state sources.

(8.05.10) A Healthy Public Skepticism
Voters are properly skeptical about any policy promising to make their lives better by raising the cost of driving their cars, heating their homes, and operating their businesses.

(8.04.10) Climate Change Commission Gets a Cold Shoulder
RALEIGH — The 34-member commission, comprising lawmakers, academics, business representatives, and environmentalists, formed in 2005 with the intent of studying climate change and seeing what, if anything, the state could do to limit it. Year after year, the commission asked the General Assembly for more time to come up with recommendations. In May 2010, the commission published its final report.

(1.29.10) A Broken, Burning Bandwagon
The climate-change bandwagon isn’t rolling anymore. It never made it down the hill. In fact, it’s lying in a ditch on the side of the road.

(1.27.10) A Broken, Burning Bandwagon
Just months ago, it seemed that just about everyone was trying to jump onto the climate-change bandwagon as it hurtled down the hill like a juggernaut.

(5.26.09) The Climate-Data Problem
What if the surface stations that collect temperature readings, including several right here in North Carolina, are in violation of basic standards?

(8.08.08) Climate Policy: The Holy Grail for Social Engineers
The war against inexpensive carbon-based fuels represents an attack on the morality of individual liberty and private property rights.

(7.22.08) Report: N.C. Can’t Impact Climate Change
RALEIGH — As state and federal lawmakers continue to debate climate-change regulatory legislation, a report from the nonpartisan Science & Public Policy Institute says that emissions reductions by North Carolina would do nothing to reduce regional or global climate change.

(7.04.08) Unappealing Truths About Conservation
What the environmental activists envision is a future North Carolina where power bills are so high that demand will flatten or even fall.

(6.03.08) The Mirage Of Energy Independence
If we could harness hypocritical hot air as an energy source, our troubles would be over.

(5.15.08) Subsidies Don't Explain Energy Market
No government should give special tax breaks or subsidies to oil and coal companies. Can we all get agreement on that?

(3.18.08) Pretty Bad Best-Case Scenario
If the EPA’s assumption about the rebirth of nuclear power turns out to be wrong, then the cost of cap-and-trade will be worse than its current estimates suggest.

(2.28.08) Report Spells Out Impact of Climate Policies
RALEIGH – A new John Locke Foundation report guides North Carolinians through “vague, overbroad” policies proposed to help the state address global warming. The report shows how the policy proposals would raise taxes, hurt the poor, and limit consumers’ choices.

(1.17.08) Problems Plague N.C. Climate Change Report
RALEIGH – An outside consultant’s report on proposed global warming policies is plagued by problems that render it “useless” to North Carolina policy makers. That’s the assessment of a new peer review from a Boston-based economic research group.

(1.17.08) Not Worth The Paper It's Scribbled On
Remember when your math teacher required you to show your work? There’s a good reason for it, judging by recent events in the climate-change debate.

(1.10.08) Peer Review Questions ASU Report
RALEIGH – A model the Appalachian State University Energy Center used to project the economic impact of N.C. climate change policies has “serious flaws” that undermine its credibility. That’s the verdict of a new peer review report from a Boston-based economic research group.

(12.19.07) Foundations Connected to CAPAG Management
RALEIGH — Foundations that promote a troubling forecast from the threat of global warming might be more intimately involved than previously known with North Carolina’s hired directors for its Climate Action Plan Advisory Group.

(12.04.07) Forestry Leader Sees Enviro Upside
RALEIGH – A member of North Carolina’s Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change said yesterday that recommendations coming from a study group could potentially help his industry, but he is concerned that no cost-benefit analysis is being conducted on the options under consideration.

(11.28.07) JLF: Cap-and-Trade Hits Consumers
RALEIGH — A “cap-and-trade” program for carbon dioxide emissions would hurt consumers and the poor disproportionately in North Carolina, according to a John Locke Foundation policy analyst. The N.C. Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change is considering a cap-and-trade program.

(11.26.07) Selective Recourse to "Consensus"
Climate-change alarmists complain when social scientists comment on earth-science matters but express no concern when earth scientists comment on social-science matters.

(11.14.07) State Agency, University Deny Records Requests
RALEIGH — The North Carolina Climate Action Plan Advisory Group proclaims its commitment to “transparency,” but when asked by Carolina Journal to provide data and analysis by its consultant, the state-appointed panel had little information to offer.

(11.05.07) Why So Hot Under The Collar?
No one ever said doing the right thing will win you only friends. Sometimes it wins you foes, albeit the right ones.

(10.26.07) Taxes and Regulations Good for the Economy? Wait Just A Minute
Since a good economist would doubt the claim that higher taxes and increased regulation promote prosperity, advocates for those taxes and regulations must look elsewhere for support.

(10.26.07) Regulations good for the economy? Wait just a minute
The News & Observer didn't look far enough when it did a story a study that says new taxes and regulations meant to fight global warming will generate more than 300,000 jobs for the state.

(10.24.07) No Cost-Benefit on Recommendations
RALEIGH — A consultant to North Carolina’s Climate Action Plan Advisory Group yesterday acknowledged that his organization has conducted no cost-benefit analysis of recommendations CAPAG has made to a special legislative commission on global warming.

(10.19.07) For A Cheaper Environmental Show
The state’s Division of Air Quality has just made a big show of releasing a plan for how North Carolina can combat global warming.

(10.18.07) Seriously Flawed Analysis Hurts Climate Debate
RALEIGH – An outside consultant likely used “seriously flawed” methods to help craft state global warming policy proposals for North Carolina. That’s according to a new assessment from a Boston-based economic research group.

(10.17.07) Consultant Bias Skews Global Warming Ideas
RALEIGH – North Carolinians should question the process that’s leading to proposals for fighting global warming in the Tar Heel state. That’s the warning from a John Locke Foundation analyst who has monitored the process.

(10.17.07) Let's Put on a Cheaper Show
Climate-change alarmism isn’t religion. It’s community theatre, with all the accompanying Waiting for Guffman imagery.

(10.05.07) The Regressive Progressives
Environmental pressure groups constantly tout policies that would disproportionately hurt the poor.

(7.23.07) No Climate Analysis Offered on C02 Regs
RALEIGH – The North Carolina Division of Air Quality, through its Climate Action Plan Advisory Group, is finalizing recommendations to reduce the volume of greenhouse gases emitted within the state, but the agency offers no analysis of how any options under consideration will affect temperatures or other weather conditions.

(7.10.07) JLF: Energy Mandates Ignore Customer Demands
RALEIGH — New energy mandates could drive up North Carolina’s regionally high electricity rates, even though consumers have shown little interest in paying more for renewable energy sources, a John Locke Foundation Spotlight report says.

(6.25.07) Energy Bill Would Raise Energy Costs
RALEIGH — N.C. consumers could face hundreds of millions of dollars in extra electricity costs if the state sets new mandates for renewable energy use. A Senate committee will consider a bill Tuesday that includes those mandates.

(6.20.07) JLF Launches 'Al Gore is Wrong' Tour
RALEIGH – The John Locke Foundation will unveil its new global warming guide next week during a tour from Charlotte to Wilmington. The tour is titled “Why Al Gore Is Wrong: A North Carolina Citizen’s Guide to Global Warming.”

(6.13.07) Higher Ed Joins Climate-Change Bandwagon
RALEIGH — Chancellors from two North Carolina institutions of higher education — the largest and one of the smallest — have joined more than 280 other college and university presidents nationally in support of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which is to be officially launched this month.

(6.08.07) Who Is The Center For Climate Strategies?
A group funded by left-wing organizations is playing a key, but underpublicized, role in shaping North Carolina's policy for addressing global warming.

(6.08.07) Friday Interview: Marlo Lewis on Al Gore
RALEIGH — Marlo Lewis, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, recently addressed a John Locke Foundation Headliner luncheon in Asheville. He also discussed his “Skeptical Tour of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth” with Mitch Kokai for Carolina Journal Radio. (Go to to find a station near you or to learn about the weekly CJ Radio podcast.)

(6.07.07) AEI Scholar: Carbon Tax Best Policy
RALEIGH — Federal action on global warming is inevitable, says a resident scholar from the American Enterprise Institute, so in that context a revenue-neutral carbon tax is probably the best policy that could effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

(5.24.07) CO2 Alarmists Bankroll CCS
RALEIGH — The Center for Climate Strategies, which is using funds from foundations that promote carbon-dioxide constraints because of global-warming fears, is influencing government climate-change policy in several states, including North Carolina.

(5.07.07) CAPAG Funding, Backing Questioned
RALEIGH — A Division of Air Quality project that seeks to limit carbon dioxide emissions in North Carolina is funded mostly by environmental foundations that predict dire consequences if government does nothing to stop the global warming of the Earth.

(4.30.07) Pa. Group Guides NC CO2 Panel
RALEIGH — A nonprofit environmental advocacy group, which staunchly believes global warming must be reduced through reductions in human-caused carbon dioxide emissions, controls another nonprofit organization that advises a climate action panel started by the N.C. Division of Air Quality. The DAQ-created group, in turn, makes recommendations on carbon-dioxide reductions to the Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change.

(2.22.07) JLF: Climate Group Ignores NC Law
RALEIGH — A special N.C. global warming study group has ignored state law while pursuing predetermined policy goals, according to a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.

(12.11.06) JLF: NC Can't Affect Climate Change
RALEIGH — Scientific evidence shows North Carolina can take no steps that would reduce global warming, according to a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.

(12.08.06) Friday Interview: Climate-Change Commission
RALEIGH — The John Locke Foundation’s Donna Martinez recently discussed the work of the North Carolina Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change with Roy Cordato, the John Locke Foundation’s vice president for research, who has been following the commission’s work very closely. (Go to to find a station near you or to learn about the weekly CJ Radio podcast.)

(4.05.06) Expert: Beware Global Warming Bias
RALEIGH — A North Carolina group studying global warming needs to beware of “pervasive bias” in the debate, according to Virginia’s state climatologist. Pat Michaels says negative reports about global-warming projections outnumber positive reports by a 15-1 ratio.

Related NC Air Quality Articles:
Commission speakers debate emissions
Utilities urge limits on carbon dioxide

(3.08.06) 'Warming' Skeptic Stresses Costs
RALEIGH — North Carolina would put itself into an “infinitely indefensible” position if it tries to take steps on its own to curb global warming, according to Robert Balling, one of the nation’s leading global-warming “skeptics.”

Related NC Environment Articles:
Geologist: Outer Banks in danger

(10.10.05) Critics: Climate Panel Not Balanced
RALEIGH — A commission to study the effects of global climate change, established by the General Assembly this year, could be constituted to arrive at a foregone conclusion because of its makeup, some critics say. Environmental groups, which have constantly issued dire threats about the dangers of global warming, are amply represented on the panel.