Sure to earn him kudos at the next Koch Brothers retreat:
Jillanne Gigi Badawi and her husband Stephen Owens, residents of Perquimans County, are asking the N.C. Office of Administrative Hearings to force state regulators to subject the Amazon wind project to a new regulatory review. The couple is being aided by the Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank that has criticized renewable energy as a costly boondoggle.
Iberdrola has secured about a dozen permits, approvals and certificates for the wind farm. They include the N.C. Utilities Commission, state erosion-control and storm-water permits, county conditional use permits, and approval from the Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse.
Talk about hypocrisy. Renewable energy apparently has the dubious honor of being the only business sector that faux-Libertarians in JLF and Civitas believe is not regulated enough. Maybe the puppets need another lecture from el Presidente John Hood:
Not every country has gotten freer, of course. Some countries such as North Korea and Iran have remained repressed. Others that previously had high or improving scores on the index are now experiencing backslides. The bad news is that the U.S. is one of them. Once a reliable leader of the pack, we have now fallen out of the top 10 countries in economic freedom, thanks to fiscal recklessness, recent increases in tax and regulatory burdens and other encroachments on free enterprise.
While Washington (maybe) gets its act together, state and local governments will have to take the lead in helping to reverse the trend. As it happens, there are economic freedom indexes for states as well as for countries.
North Carolina ranks in the middle of the pack according to some of the indexes, and a bit better than that on others. Recent decisions in Raleigh to reform and reduce taxes while reining in counterproductive regulation will help. In the coming years, lawmakers need to protect these gains in economic freedom and build on them.
Why? Because even at the state level, there is compelling evidence linking economic freedom to measures of economic progress such as job creation, business starts and income growth.
Bolding mine, since the ideologues Pope employs are notorious for overlooking items that refute their "argument of the day." And again, I must point out that their silence on such issues as eminent domain for fossil fuel pipelines and forced pooling for hydraulic fracturing operations is a painfully loud proof of their true motivations.