Environment (page 115)

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    Solar: Even Worse Than What I Said

    Earlier today, I pointed out that using some generous numbers, a solar wind power plant could provide power for about 179 homes (and I also pointed out why this is a misleading comparison). The Triangle Business Journal article I was referring to stated that the 900 kilowatt…
    Daren Bakst, November 21, 2011
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    It Takes More Than Three Wilmingtons for Onshore Wind Power

    Wind power plants use an extensive amount of land.  Using data from a proposed wind power plant in Beaufort County, wind power requires about one acre per 19 megawatt-hours. The proposal is for a 80 MW plant requiring 11,000 acres.  I assumed a generous 30% capacity factor (80*8.760= 700,800…
    Daren Bakst, November 21, 2011
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    Recognizing Renewable Energy Propoganda

    A recent article in the Triangle Business Journal discusses a firm called Strata Solar.  The firm has installed a 900 kilowatt solar power plant near Boone. As is common with stories on renewable energy, there’s an attempt to try and equate the size of the renewable energy plant (be it…
    Daren Bakst, November 21, 2011
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    Krauthammer examines the president’s ‘crude ploy’

    Charles Krauthammer‘s latest column dissects President Obama’s approach to the Keystone XL pipeline. [W]hat do you do when you say you can, but, it turns out, you can’t? Blame the other guy. Charge the Republicans with making governing impossible. Never mind that you had…
    Mitch Kokai, November 18, 2011
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    Invasive species of the day

    Asian tiger shrimp. So pretty, so very large, and increasingly in charge off the North Carolina coast.
    Michael Lowrey, November 17, 2011
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    An article that supports Hayward’s ‘death of environmentalism’ thesis

    The Bloomberg Businessweek headline reads “Why the Greens Matter Less to Obama 2012,” and the article details the Obama administration’s willingness to ignore environmentalists’ concerns about issues such as Keystone XL crude-oil pipeline. The protest garnered headlines, but even its organizers acknowledge they’re struggling to influence…
    Mitch Kokai, November 16, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with Patrick Michaels of George Mason University and the Cato Institute about his recent book, Climate Coup: Global Warming’s Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives. Jon Sanders’ guest Daily Journal delves into a recent presidential…
    Mitch Kokai, November 4, 2011
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    Let’s hope he proves more capable than another N.C. State grad in a high-profile international role

    The News & Observer offers an interesting profile of new Libyan prime minister — and N.C. State engineering alumnus — Abdurrahim el-Keib. We can only hope that he’ll compile a better record than fellow Wolfpack engineering grad Rajendra Pachauri, chief global warming alarmist for the United…
    Mitch Kokai, November 3, 2011