Category: Environment

  • Drilling benefits exceed the cost

    Offshore drilling could boost North Carolina’s gross domestic product by $1.9 billion a year, its permanent employment by about 17,000 jobs, and annual government revenues by $116 million.

  • North Carolina has the makings of a luxury brand 

    Every few days, I see another story. They’re always the same.    They start with some headline about how a company has chosen North Carolina over another state. Occasionally it’s another country. Sometimes it’s a city. They read like this:  [Insert Company Name Here] chooses [North Carolina/City Name] over [other state/country] for latest expansion.  It’s not…

  • Governor should lead on pipeline

    While laying the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will employ thousands of construction workers for a time, the real payoff will come from permanent jobs and income gains derived from gas access and lower-cost electricity.

  • Latest climate data suggest ‘lukewarming,’ not overheating

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 759: The Trump administration has pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement and dumped the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. That doesn’t mean the world is on its way to overheating. Patrick Michaels, director of the Center for the Study…

  • Virtual charters seek contract renewal from lawmakers

    Before becoming the board chair of N.C. Connections Academy, Bridget Phifer was a parent of a student enrolled in the virtual charter school. Health issues kept Bridget’s husband in and out of the hospital, but the flexibility offered by the virtual charter school let their daughter visit her…

  • Trump administration scuttles Obama Clean Power Plan

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 755: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will not move forward with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. While some environmental activists decry the EPA’s reversal on the power plan, Jon Sanders believes the decision represents good news. The John Locke Foundation’s director of…