Archive: Climate Change

  • N.C. governments seek to go 100 percent renewable; is it realistic?

    The town of Hillsborough and Orange County have turned the holy grail of environmentalism into official public policy. They want to transform into 100 percent renewable energy-powered communities.  But beyond the attention-grabbing headlines, and a 2050 deadline, details matter.  Would sprawling, utility-scale solar power plants be built, and…

  • Unusual alliance pushing energy bill through House

    North Carolina electric ratepayers would save a projected $849 million on their power bills over the next 10 years under legislation that begins to peel away some of the most favorable state mandates for the renewable energy industry. House Bill 589 sailed through the Energy…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.