Environment (page 98)

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    A quick overview of fracking in North Carolina

    The issue of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is finally getting a serious look in North Carolina, the only state that bans it. Here are several sources of information for North Carolinians interested in fracking’s impact on jobs and economic growth as well as on energy and the environment: Economic Impacts Jon…
    Jon Sanders, March 21, 2012
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    An analysis of the latest global warming fraud

    Those of you who follow the climate science debate closely should make a note to check the Commentary website early next month, when the magazine will post James Delingpole‘s analysis of the fraud involving Peter Gleick‘s deception of The Heartland Institute. For now, you’ll have to…
    Mitch Kokai, March 21, 2012
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    Solar firm needs a subsidy to sell stuff to itself. Thanks, Obama! Take THAT, fossil fuels!

    Studying government is the art of saying “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard!” twelve times a day and sincerely meaning each one. — Jon Sanders For example, from today’s news: A heavily subsidized solar company received a U.S. taxpayer loan guarantee to sell solar panels to itself. First…
    Jon Sanders, March 19, 2012
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    Invasive species of the moment: Nutria

    South American rodents with orange teeth that weigh up to 20 pounds and breed rapidly. As Dennis Stewart, senior biologist at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge., put it to the Associated Press: They’ll go into a marsh and they’ll just clean out all the vegetation in an area…
    Michael Lowrey, March 18, 2012
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    DENR draft report: fracking can be done safely in NC

    WRAL has the story: After an extensive study of energy exploration in North Carolina, state environmental officials said Friday that a controversial method of natural gas drilling can be done safely if regulations are put in place first. Much of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’…
    Jon Sanders, March 16, 2012
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    New auto fuel-economy standards questioned

    Former John Locke Foundation Headliner Marlo Lewis explains to National Review Online readers this morning why “skepticism is justified” when it comes to Obama administrations claims about new federally mandated automobile fuel-economy standards. If the standards are as beneficial as the agencies contend, why…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2012
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    You might be a progressive if…

    …you think that the best way to reduce the cost of wind and solar power is to increase subsidies to those industries while at the same time you believe that a solution to the high cost of gasoline is to increase taxes on the oil industry. My guess is that…
    Roy Cordato, March 14, 2012
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    The first locovore also ate organic

    Cafe Hayek’s Quotation of the Day: … is from page 557 of Will Durant’s 1950 volume, The Age of Faith; here Durant writes about the typical medieval peasant: He shared in the social life of the village, but had no cultural interests.  He could not read; a literate…
    Michael Sanera, March 13, 2012