Coal and nuclear power plants in North Carolina that guzzle water for their operations are stressing our water supplies, according to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and a team of more than a dozen scientists. Read more
An interesting development this week on hydraulic drilling for natural gas that raises serious questions about its contribution to the future energy mix in the country. Read more
Republicans in Congress continue their attempt to roll back environmental regulations under the guise that these rules are hurting the economy and contribute to joblessness. A NY Times editorial today blasts that theory with solid statistics. Read it here.
The Sunday News and Observer front page story about hydraulic drilling for natural gas (known as fracking) missed some important collateral damage that North Carolinians could face if dangerous fracking were permitted in our state. Combine this with what we already know about the threats to groundwater and one has to wonder why Republican General Assembly Representatives Bob Rucho, Kelly Hastings and Mike Hager are still pushing it. Read more
A great editorial in today’s NY Times from Paul Krugman where he slices and dices the Republican analysis that environmental regulations are taking jobs and killing the economy.
“…there are a number of industries inflicting environmental damage that’s worth more than the sum of the wages they pay and the profits they earn — which means, in effect, that they destroy value rather than create it. ”