Monday, April 23, 2012

NC League of Conservation Voters endorses pro-conservation legislators in primary

NC League of Conservation Voters’ (NCLCV) Conservation PAC (CPAC) announced its endorsement of 10 pro-conservation legislators facing opposition in the May 8 primary voting. These legislators have made protecting North Carolina’s natural heritage a high priority even in the face of strong opposition.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Is Natural Gas Better Than Coal for Climate Change?

Many of us have thought that natural gas could serve as a bridge between coal and "clean" energy (solar and wind) because combustion of natural gas produces far less CO2 than combustion of coal. Therefore, from a climate change perspective, natural gas was better than coal.

Environmental Groups Praise EPA’s First-Ever Clean Air Protections for Fracking

The following is a press release from the Sierra Club:

Agency Takes Important First Step to Protect Air Quality and Public Health

Washington, D.C.—Today environmental groups praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) vital updates to nationwide air quality protections to include oil and natural gas production.  This is the first federal safeguard aimed at curbing air pollution from hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking.’

Monday, April 9, 2012

Making buses better

ConserveNC and the environmental community supports mass transit (buses and rail) because it can reduce the amount of travel by car, reducing fuel consumption and production of pollutants and CO2. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Two New Features - Events and News

Two new pages are being added to ConserveNC: Events and News. These will be pages, listed near the top of the right hand column.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Solar Hot Water - Industrial Scale

Most articles (here and elsewhere) about solar energy is about the production of electricity from solar cells, typically photovoltaic cells.

Another use way of using sunlight is heating water directly, a process generally referred to as “solar thermal”. Solar water heaters have been available in smaller sizes for residential water heating, but the use of industrial scale solar thermal plants is more unusual, at least not as well reported.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Fracking comments

Here are comments that I submitted to DENR on the shale gas (fracking) issue.
Links to the report, including the full report and the executive summary, can be found at: