Category: Environment

  • The most important counties in N.C. politics today

    Everyone loves lists, and the internet age now has us addicted to them — the top-five greatest tennis grand-slam finals between left-handers, the top 10 best-looking spouses of celebrity chefs, etc.    Obviously, I jumped at the chance when asked to compile a list of such lists of North Carolina…

  • Dispelling myths surrounding climate change and CO2

    Much of the public debate surrounding global warming and climate change involves an inaccurate understanding of how carbon dioxide, CO2, actually works. Bill Lynch, author of a new book on global warming temperatures and projections, dispelled CO2 myths during a presentation Monday for the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society.

  • How will the workforce change? 

    I think a lot about the job market this time of year. This is because of all the graduations of high school and college seniors, and the fact many of them will be looking for their first full-time job.    It’s a cliché to say these young people will be entering…

  • Note to lawmakers: Don’t mess things up 

    Starting in 2011, North Carolina lawmakers have implemented transformational changes resulting in a strong and growing economy. More people are working, more opportunities are available, and a streamlined, more efficient state government is treating residents more fairly and equitably.    We’ve come a long way. Don’t mess it up.   Faced with a $2.6 billion shortfall in 2011, legislative leadership…

  • Vote wisely when considering constitutional amendments 

    What can lawmakers consider during the 2018 short session? Not everything, because of limits imposed by the long session Adjournment Resolution. Important issues such as school funding, certificate of need repeal, work requirements for Medicaid, repeal of the capital gains tax, changes to the ABC system, and more will be delayed until 2019.  But there’s still plenty of work for legislators. Cross-over bills…

  • Lawmakers ask governor to close Chemours plant if changes aren’t made

    House and Senate Republicans from southeastern North Carolina want Gov. Roy Cooper to close the Chemours chemical manufacturing plant by June if operators don’t stop polluting public waterways with the GenX chemical compound. That action would be possible under companion bills filed in both chambers Thursday,…

  • America on the verge of becoming energy independent, Trump official says

    America is poised to become energy independent, and its allies abroad will share the economic and geopolitical benefits, a key Trump administration official says. Dan Brouillette, Department of Energy deputy secretary, made the case for free-market energy solutions, and President Donald Trump’s policy decisions Friday,…