A solar farm in the forest.

“Green” solar has eaten up about 4,000 acres of private forest land in RI and MA.

By Justin Katz | May 5, 2021 |

When government creates incentives, even with good intentions, it has an effect on people’s behavior.  Clark University Geography Professor John Rogan tells Scott O’Connell of the Telegram & Gazette, out of Worcester, that his team was surprised by the extent of damage solar mandates have done in these parts: According to Rogan, through a combination of…

Mark Zaccaria on Rhody Reporter

We’re all just guessing at the many ways Act on Climate will bite.

By Justin Katz | May 4, 2021 |

Progressives touted the “teeth” that the Act on Climate bill gave RI environmental mandates, but it has fallen to the opposition to explain what that might mean. In his latest Rhody Reporter segment Mark Zaccaria on Ocean State Current, Mark Zaccaria lays out a scenario in which a local government loses complete control over its own…

Mike Stenhouse and Christopher Carlozzi on In the Dugout

RI is increasingly governed by convenient truths.

By Justin Katz | April 30, 2021 |

And thus do the disconnected themes of Mike Stenhouse’s In the Dugout show, yesterday, come together — disagreeing with Dan Yorke, talking TCI with the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Rhode Island director Christopher Carlozzi, and discussing COVID mask mandates with Andrew Bostom.

A burning car

Act on Climate and TCI: The Plan to Impoverish Rhode Island

By Justin Katz | April 29, 2021 |

Predictably, the Transportation and Climate Initiative is being proclaimed as the transportation sector’s component of the central plan that will allow Rhode Island to achieve its aggressive emissions reduction goals. But what should we make of the fact that it isn’t nearly harsh enough?

Divest Our Pensions sign

Is the General Treasurer divested of fiduciary responsibility?

By Justin Katz | April 22, 2021 |

I ask because in a new press release from Rhode Island’s General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, the progressive Democrat announces his office’s step to divest the state pension fund of investments in fossil fuels: This morning, in advance of Earth Day, Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced a nearly 50 percent decrease in the Rhode…

Mike Stenhouse and Stanley Kurtz on In the Dugout

We’re being duped on energy policy and civics education.

By Justin Katz | April 21, 2021 |

Today on his In the Dugout show, Mike Stenhouse interviewed National Review’s Stanley Kurtz on the subject of duplicitous civics-education legislation and RI Senate candidate Charles Callanan ​on the costs to you of RI’s Green New Deal.

Mike Stenhouse and Tom Ward on In the Dugout

Are we in the midst of an “antiwoke” awakening?

By Justin Katz | April 20, 2021 |

For his In the Dugout show, today, Mike Stenhouse took on topics like: The Tesla explosion cover-up and the left’s depravity #NoTCItax on gas open letter to Governor McKee Have we mutated to a scientific dictatorship? More “woke” myths destroyed. He also had a conversation with former Valley Breeze editor Tom Ward touching on everything from the general to…

Things We Read Today (43), Tuesday

By Justin Katz | December 18, 2012 |

Explaining Rhode Island’s decline in four brief sections: legal process, the economy, the media, and fashionable graft. Continue reading on the Ocean State Current…

Things We Read Today (40), Weekend

By Justin Katz | December 9, 2012 |

What subsidizes green?; what the unions want the pension law to say; First Family Holiday Fame; America, the Special. Continue reading on the Ocean State Current…

Bury Power Lines? Too Expensive

By Marc Comtois | November 1, 2012 |

After Irene, the idea of burying power lines was bandied about. As I recall, the cost of such an endeavor was a major disincentive. Here’s some hard numbers from Popular Mechanics: 80 percent of our power lines are located aboveground, and the main reason for that is cost. “It’s tremendously expensive to bury power lines,”…

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