Environment (page 98)

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    Hugo Chavez confuses Mars with James Cameron’s blue planet

    Other than that, he just recited the plot. Per Reuters: Capitalism may be to blame for the lack of life on the planet Mars, Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday. “I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been…
    Jon Sanders, March 22, 2011
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    Guess who likes higher gas prices?

    People who want a larger role for the “green” economy, that’s who. The latest Bloomberg Businessweek offers details: [T]here's a silver lining in higher oil prices—or, rather, a green lining—for Obama, who has made clean energy one of his paramount causes. Rising fuel costs could go a long way toward advancing Obama's "Win the Future" vision of an economy remade by green technologies, including electric vehicles, advanced batteries, wind and solar power, and high-speed trains. "If you want to make people switch toward cleaner energy sources," says Nigel J. Gault, chief U.S. economist for IHS Global Insight, "you need to change the price incentives people are facing. One way to do that would be to make traditional energy much more expensive." … … Truth be told, higher prices are what it takes to change the energy consumption habits of large numbers of Americans. "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," Energy Secretary Steven Chu told The Wall Street Journal in 2008 when he was director of the University of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Chu has backed away from that view since taking office.
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
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    Rogers addresses the nuclear ‘renaissance’

    What will Japan’s recent experience with nuclear plants mean for the future of nuclear power generation in the United States? Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers discusses the topic in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek. What impact will Japan have on the global nuclear renaissance? I…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
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    Fighting The Stink (Bug)

    Invasive species of the moment: The brown marmorated stink bug. The EPA is considering an emergency exemption to use the pesticide dinotefuran in apple and peach orchards to prevent damage by the pest, which was accidentally introduced into the U.S. from China or Japan in 1998.
    Michael Lowrey, March 19, 2011
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    Higher Energy Prices Are Good!

    Environmental extremists want higher energy prices and believe it to be beneficial regardless of the costs to the poor and other North Carolinians. A recent letter to the editor in the News & Observer from a representative from the NC. Sierra Club confirms the extremists’ agenda. From the letter:…
    Daren Bakst, March 17, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Anthony Greco’s latest CarolinaJournal.tv report focuses on the legislative debate over a voter ID bill. John Hood’s Daily Journal explores the concept of a “green-collar” job.
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2011
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    State-of-the-City: Broke (But Green!)

    In yesterday’s State-of-the-City address, Raleigh mayor Charles Meeker outlined plans for Raleigh to become “an even ‘greener’ city.” Among his plans: increase the number of plug-in stations for electric vehicles, continued efforts for all City buildings to receive LEED certification, and development of solar photovoltaic array projects. Up…
    Jenna A. Robinson, March 15, 2011