North Carolina is becoming a banana republic

Environmental Economics

North Carolina is not a banana republic,” Democratic Sen. Not that I think a renewable portfolio standard is the best way of encouraging renewable energy, but I can be almost certain that this isn't the best way to run state government: Over objections of Democratic lawmakers, a Senate committee approved legislation Wednesday to end the state’s 6-year-old renewable energy program. Opponents of the bill loudly voted “No!”

Fiddling while North Carolina burns?

Environmental Economics

From the Under the Dome blog: The N.C. Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council – sounds like a good idea, right? Created two years ago as part of the state agriculture department, the 26-member council represents a wide variety of interests coming together to promote a market for locally grown food. But not so fast. That word “sustainable” has become an obscenity to Tea Partiers and others who say it’s part of a United Nations, one-world conspiracy. It stems from a 1992 U.N.

North Carolina puts it head in the sand

Environmental Economics

North Carolina has had to deal with shortfalls before, but rarely one of this type.   The Republican mantra in North Carolina has been that tax cuts that benefit mostly the wealthy and corporations will make the state more competitive. North Carolina is one of only seven states where revenues are growing slower than expected, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

"North Carolina’s Misunderstood Cut in Jobless Benefits"

Environmental Economics

Justin Wolfers: Since North Carolina effectively eliminated unemployment benefits last year for people unemployed 20 weeks or more, the state has become a symbol in the partisan wars over economic policy. But digging into the data suggests North Carolina should really be a case study in people seeing what they want to see. North Carolina is more than a case study, too. As North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped from last July’s 8.1

The North Carolina unemployment insurance field experiment is over

Environmental Economics

And preliminary results are in: last July, North Carolina sharply cut its unemployment program, reducing the maximum number of weeks of benefits to 20 from 73 and reducing the maximum weekly benefit as well. The rest of the country is now following North Carolina’s lead. It is still early, but the results in North Carolina suggest that there are both gains and losses from cutting back on support for the jobless.

More on sea-level rise politics in North Carolina

Environmental Economics

From a 2012 N&O article about the "North Carolina Sea Level Rise Risk Management Study": John Dorman of the N.C. The North Carolina Sea Level Rise Risk Management Study seeks to establish a comprehensive framework to directly translate the projected consequences into adaptation policy, with full realization of the potential long-term benefits.

North Carolina Bans Plastic Bottles

Green Earth Journey

That is right starting today if you live in North Carolina, you are no longer aloud to throw that empty plastic bottle into your garbage can. Im not entirely sure how North Carolina thinks this is going to work, maybe by passing it as an official law they think to scare some people into recycling? From the garbage that is. The law states that you are required to recycle it.

2.4 magnitude earthquake near Boone, North Carolina, United States and Columbus, Ohio, United States : August 24, 2014 23:16

Environmental Economics

USGS page: M 2.4 - 4km NE of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Natural hazards: UTC time: Sunday, August 24, 2014 23:16 PM. Your time: Sunday, August 24 2014 7:16 PM. No tsunami statement issued. Magnitude Type: md. USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist. Reports from the public: 17 people. via No one in my family believed me

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Celebrating Solar Power in North Carolina

Sierra Club Compass

With all the controversial climate and clean energy legislation in North Carolina in the past year, one might be surprised to hear that the state ranks fifth in the U.S. North Carolina is truly leading the way in the South when it comes to solar power, and so we were thrilled when the North Carolina Sierra Club was invited to celebrate with North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory earlier this month when he declared June "Solar Energy Month."

A North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission Economic Committee (CRC-EC)

Environmental Economics

I vote yes: In addition to a new nomination process, the CRC unanimously adopted a draft charge for the science panel. The panel is responsible for providing scientific reports and conducting scientific studies for the CRC. However, after the panel released a study that estimated the future impact of sea level rise drew public criticism, suggestions were made at several public meetings that more factors – such as financial and social ones – needed to be considered in science panel studies.

The "beautiful North Carolina sun" is the most awesome sun in the world

Environmental Economics

Ignoring the coal ash pond spill , two things struck me: North Carolina Gov. Both shows also spoke to the governor about the two winter storms that battered North Carolina over the past two weeks. McCrory pointed out the beautiful North Carolina sun was out and the weather was going to warm this week.

Yet Another Coal Ash Spill: This Time in North Carolina

Sierra Club Compass

The site of the Dan River spill in North Carolina. On Sunday, a stormwater pipe burst underneath an unlined pit storing wet coal ash at a retired Duke Energy coal plant in Eden, North Carolina, spilling up to 82,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of wastewater into the Dan River , six miles upstream from a drinking water source. Sierra Club in North Carolina is responding to this coal ash spill with a coalition of groups.

North Carolina denies permit for extension of Mountain Valley Pipeline


North Carolina has made a step toward clean energy by denying the permit needed for further construction on a pipeline. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) has denied a key permit to the Mountain Valley Pipeline that would have extended the project by 75 miles. The Mountain Valley Pipeline was expected to be extended from where it ends in Chatham, Virginia to Graham, North Carolina.

No wonder I got the f@$% out of North Carolina

Environmental Economics

What the @#$%, Ohio? You swear more than Illinois? More than New Jersey?  More than New freakin’ York?! That’s the finding of the Seattle-based Marchex Institute, and if you don’t like it, you probably shouldn’t tell researchers where to stick it. They already think the Buckeye State has the tact of a drunken fool.

This is one of those times I am glad I left the University of North Carolina System (Sorry John)

Environmental Economics

[East Carolina University*]'s chancellor, who is stepping down next summer, just got a 19% pay raise. The UNC Board of Governors gave Steve Ballard, and several other chancellors, pay raises in a controversial move on Friday. The board took the vote behind closed doors and only made the pay raises public today. Ballard's salary went from $322,560 to $385,000. That increase is retroactive to July 1st.

North Carolina spending a lot to pave its last dirt roads - Local/State -

Environmental Economics

Jim Martin, to improve and pave every state-maintained dirt and gravel road in North Carolina. They are working in the most rural and least populated spots, such as Mark Teague Road, and in hard-to-pave, mountainous terrain in the west, such as at Lower North Fork Road in Jackson County near the Tennessee border.

Estimating the cost per job created or saved from the ARRA stimulus in North Carolina

Environmental Economics

billion in federal stimulus money being spent in North Carolina. There are no precise numbers on how many jobs were created or preserved in North Carolina by the stimulus package. The state recovery office has tracked the effects of stimulus spending in North Carolina for the past two years. The stimulus office estimates 9,600 North Carolina jobs were saved and another 4,600 were created through such programs.

Gardens are helping North Carolina Cherokee build better, healthier families

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, now numbering about 15,000, has made its home in the North Carolina mountains for more than 11,000 years. And during that time, their tribal culture has centered on the Earth, especially agriculture. Cultivating plants to produce food has been a mainstay of Cherokee existence. Recently, along with the rest of society, the Cherokee people have suffered from the excesses of modern living.

Dang, I thought North Carolina was one of the top higher ed budget cutting states

Environmental Economics

Mark Thoma: More. via I guess UNC system faculty that threaten to leave when they don't get raises, labs and travel don't have many places to go

A Recreation Demand Model of the North Carolina For-Hire Fishery: A Comparison of Primary and Secondary Purpose Anglers

Environmental Economics

Abstract:  In this paper we measure the recreational economic benefits of the for-hire recreational fishery in the coastal region of North Carolina. John C. Whitehead ,  Christopher F. Dumas ,  Craig E. Landry  and  Jim Herstine. No 13-21,  Working Papers  from  Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.

A Wind Farm For North Carolina

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With energy prices rising and increasing emphasis placed on finding renewable alternatives to the fossil fuels that power the multitudes of cars behind every garage door in America, the whispers of a wind farm coming to the Northeastern coast of North Carolina are being greeted with applause from landowners. That’s why locations like Pasquotank County and Perquimans County in North Carolina are becoming prime real estate for wind energy investors like Atlantic Wind LLC.

The North Carolina Republican Primary: No Matter Who Wins, We All Lose

Sierra Club Compass

Not so much, in North Carolina. North Carolina is home to a Republican U.S. One local paper said “few places in the United States stand to be more transformed” by climate disruption than North Carolina. It’s a bad situation for any Republican voter in North Carolina who actually wants to protect their home or business from extreme weather fuelled by the climate crisis.

My guess is that the benefits of seawalls in North Carolina are.

Environmental Economics

Blog powered by TypePad Member since 05/2005 « Price volatility and excess capacity in oil markets | Main | Daily demand and supply » March 10, 2011 My guess is that the benefits of seawalls in North Carolina are regressive What do you think?

Check out this handmade wood cabin in North Carolina


This 400-square-foot cabin, nicknamed The Nook, can be found in the charming, forested area of Swannanoa, North Carolina, just outside of Asheville. Here is the original post: Check out this handmade wood cabin in North Carolina. The project was a labor of love by owner and professional photographer Mike Belleme, who built the cabin himself along with a rotating crew of local community craftspeople.

North Carolina: They Gave Us Extremism, We Gave them a Movement

Sierra Club Compass

  During the longest legislative session in memory,  North Carolinians began demonstrating as our state’s General Assembly voted to reject federal Medicaid funding for those most in need. In response, tens of thousands of North Carolinians have come together for Moral Mondays over the past 13 weeks in Raleigh, outside of the State House. Thank you North Carolina legislature.   Mountain Moral Monday in Asheville.

North Carolina Now Home to One of US’ Greenest Hotels

Eco Friendly Daily

As the green hotel trend continues to spread around the globe, it is the aptly named Green Valley in the town of Greensboro, North Carolina that looks to be setting the pace for other eco-friendly city hotels. Earlier this month the 147 room Proximity Hotel opened its doors in Green Valley, and with plenty of state-of-the-art green features, it is hoping to become the first LEED Platinum certified hotel in the US.

Fourth Grade Class in North Carolina Goes Solar

Sierra Club Compass

Earlier this spring you may have read about a fourth grade class in Durham, North Carolina, that had its own Kickstarter campaign so they could make their classroom solar-powered. Well they met their goal, and now the Department of Energy has a fantastic video of how the class did it, and they caught the moment they turned the light on for the first time since becoming solar-powered.

For those in the northeast, I would suggest moving to North Carolina where sea level rises of this magnitude will soon be against the law.

Environmental Economics

Sea levels on the East Coast are rising three to four times faster than the global average, putting several major U.S. cities at increased risk of flooding and storm surges, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. The findings were published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Apple’s North Carolina data center to soon get fuel cell installations


megawatt fuel cell farm in North Carolina will shortly witness the fuel cell installation close to the adjoining solar farm, which currently powers the center. Pratima Kalra: According to a filing, Apple’s 4.8 Bloom Energy is the company that will supply the fuel cells ; is already providing servers to Apple’s Cupertino campus.

TripAdvisor’s 10 best green hotels in the U.S.

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Boston/Cambridge California Fayetteville Florida Lake Tahoe Las Vegas Lecanto Massachusetts Miami Miles City Montana Napa Nevada Newberg North America North Carolina Oregon Park City Placer The Americas United States Utah 10 best green hotels U.S. The winners span the gamut from budget to ultra-luxury, but all have "Platinum" ranking and great traveler reviews TripAdvisor’s 10 best green hotels in the U.S. is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

America’s top 10 sweatiest cities

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California Charlotte Dallas District of Columbia Florida Houston Los Angeles Miami North America North Carolina Orlando Raleigh San Diego Tampa Texas The Americas United States 10 sweatiest cities in U.S. | Green Travel News | Making summer travel plans? No sweat, or should we say lots of it. A team of environmental scientists has ranked major American metropolitan areas on their “sweatiness.”

No waste, no carbon, no wonder this net-zero home breaks the mold


When the Baboolals looked around their North Carolina community, they saw what many people see in their local areas: cookie-cutter houses that consume excess energy. Meanwhile, the north wall’s glass doors make it easy to marry the outside world with the home’s interior.

Mapping out Charlotte’s lead on green tariffs


Duke Energy worked with the North Carolina city on its path toward achieving net zero emissions and improving social equity. Business Green cities city-on-its energy its-path net zero north-carolina renewable energy toward-achievingRead more here: Mapping out Charlotte’s lead on green tariffs.

Hotter is the new normal in the US, says NOAA


There are exceptions, such as Fargo, North Dakota, which got one-tenth of a degree cooler. degrees in Chicago and Asheville, North Carolina, compared to 10 years ago. Green a-full-degree adaptive-reuse climate change drought implementation north north-carolina urban developmentNOAA has just released its newest U.S. Climate Normals. This report comes out every 10 years and charts 30-year averages of weather for places around the U.S.

Uncertainty on Climate Change in Textbooks Linked to Uncertainty in Students

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A new study from North Carolina State University suggests textbook wording that portrays climate change information as uncertain can influence how middle and high school students feel about the information, even for students who say they already know about climate change and its human causes.

The Green Buzz: Monday, October 7

Cool Green Science

Let’s meet the man who made sea-level rise disappear in North Carolina. ( Another compelling reason for why not to cut down the world’s rain forests is in today’s green news. An expedition to some of the planet’s most remote and unexplored rain forests has found 60 new species ! National Geographic ). Stink bugs are coming, but workers who count this invasive insect are furloughed. Consumer Reports ).

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Environmental Economics: Beach hardening: market vs non-market values

Environmental Economics

Blog powered by TypePad Member since 05/2005 « Or we could just ask everyone to leave their refrigerator doors open | Main | Marcellus Shale is not a new pop band » February 28, 2011 Beach hardening: market vs non-market values Place me in the "critics" column: Should the state [of North Carolina], for the first time, allow structures that stabilize some stretches of beach but may starve others?

NRG’s CEO talks sustainability to investors


Business Green ceo cities earnings-call energy & climate issues-being its-path leadership mauricio north-carolina nrg president-and rare-instance remarks-made renewable energy toward-achievingEditor’s note: The following is adapted from remarks made by Mauricio Gutierrez, president and CEO of NRG, during an earnings call in late February, a rare instance of sustainability issues being front and center during a CEO investor presentation.

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On my calendar was the geography colloquim

Environmental Economics

Kretzer Professor of Public Policy from the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University will talk about “Will We Ever Learn From Disasters?

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The Green Buzz: Wednesday, November 13

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They’re aiming to find out in North Carolina. Africa Animals Conservation Issues Environmental News Environmental Science Green Living International Invasive species The Green Buzz The Nature Conservancy asia BBC News big cat big cat fossil Evolution Live Science MNN north carolina outside magazine red wolf red wolves sally jewel sea star disease sea stars Washington Post Today’s green news is filled with mysteries. Who killed the big red wolves ?

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Bald eagle population bounces back from brink of extinction


A different report by the National Audubon Society has established that about two-thirds of North American birds are at an increased risk of extinction, primarily because of climate change. Green a-recent-survey a-sitting-area- america baboolals conservation endangered species interior net zero north-carolina past photography report solar power wildlife

Researchers: Trees Clean Fuel-Contaminated Soil and Water

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But researchers at North Carolina State University are working with trees to demonstrate that phytoremediation is a sustainable, cost-effective solution for degrading and capturing the leaked fuels from contaminated sites. North Carolina State University water contamination Once soil and groundwater are contaminated with fuels, cleaning them up can be both energy intensive and expensive.

Product Review: South of France Spa Naturals Skincare

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Home About Terms of Use & Privacy Policy Disclosure Contact Product Reviews Monthly Eco-Resolutions Quick Reference Guide Subscribe Product Review: South of France Spa Naturals Skincare October 8, 2010 Headquartered right here in my hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina I had the pleasure of meeting with South of France Spa Naturals to learn more about and try their line of skincare products.

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