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North Carolina Windfarms Receiving Blowback

North Carolina, home to three military airbases, is emerging as a major battleground in the ongoing war over wind farms. On June 20, the North Carolina Senate passed the Military Operations Protection Act of 2016 (MOPA), which prohibits wind turbines from being built in military flight paths. MOPA would make much of the state off-limits to wind farms. Commenting on the bill in an e-mail to the Winston-Salem Journal, Brown wrote, “The intent of this bill is a common-sense effort to ensure the...

Obama Administration Raises Royalties on Fossil Fuels from Public Lands

With little fanfare, on June 30 the Obama administration overhauled how it calculates royalties for fossil fuel extraction on federal land closing what it referred to as a "loophole."  Current regulations allow coal and other fossil fuel companies can sell what they produce from public lands to their own affiliates or subsidiaries for a lower price than they would charge to outside buyers reducing the royalty payments they owe the federal government. Increasing Revenue or  Reducing...

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