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Environment & Energy Archives

  1. Apr

    Lowering Energy Bills and Increasing Health Care Competition: 2 Good Bills

    Posted in Environment & Energy, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    Most of you are probably familiar with the Civitas Institute's Bad Bill of the Week series. Fortunately, this week also saw the focus turn to two good bills that would help lower utility bills and increase choice and competition in medical care. HB 681 would cap and repeal the state's mandate forcing utilities to generate […]

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    NC Senate Introduces Bill to Protect Against EPA Overreach

    Posted in Environment & Energy By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    Senate Bill 303 was introduced today, sponsored by Sens. Chad Barefoot (R-Wake), Jim Davis (R-Macon) and Jim Hise (R-Mitchell). The bill would allow North Carolina "to exercise its right to opt out of enforcing the pending EPA rules" on wood-fired stoves, according to a press release from Barefoot's office. The EPA rule establishes such rigid […]

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    Virginia Fighting Back Against EPA, Is NC Next?

    Posted in Economics, Environment & Energy By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    State legislators in Virginia are moving legislation to protect energy consumers from the higher utility bills that would result from the EPA's new draconian regulations. As reported by the Virginia Bureau of The specter of increased electricity costs and loss of state sovereignty is fueling a battle over energy policy at the Virginia General […]

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    5 Key Factors on Fracking Rules

    Posted in Environment & Energy, Legislative Activity By Jim Tynen | Tagged , , , ,

    If you want a more accurate picture of energy development in NC than the mainstream media provide, check out this story in NC Capitol Connection. Let’s look at five key factors. Is NC rushing headfirst into hydraulic fracturing? The opposite is true: the Tar Heel State has dragged its feet on the process, also known […]

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    Want higher wages? Legalize fracking

    Posted in Economics, Environment & Energy By Civitas Staff | Tagged , , ,

    Protesters from North Carolina’s “Moral Monday” movement, as well as other grassroots protests around the nation, have cited an increase in minimum wages as one of their chief goals. What happens, however, when government acquiesces to such demands? Seattle, Wash., recently approved a measure that would over several years raise the city’s required minimum wage […]

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