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fracking:  Just sounds bad doesn’t it?

The state could soon be entering a new era in energy if state legislators override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a bill that would open the state to hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.”

Fracking releases natural gas trapped in rock deep beneath the ground by pumping a highly pressurized water mixture up to thousands of feet beneath the soil to break up the rock and allows natural gas to escape to the surface.

Sen. Tommy Tucker, R-Mecklenburg, sponsored the bill, the Energy Jobs Act, that would open up the state to fracking.

“It is going to create high paying jobs in parts of the state that desperately need it,” Tucker said.

But the bill was vetoed by Perdue in June. The Senate has already overridden the veto, but the House has not.

Tucker said it might take another election cycle before the House can find the votes to overcome the veto.

“I just don’t understand why anyone would want to depend on the Middle East for energy,” he said.

The Senate recently commissioned the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources to conduct a study to examine the potential effects of fracking in the state. The study is expected to be completed in April 2012.

The technology for fracking is not new. The state is following in the footsteps of others that are already open to fracking, said Rick Bolich, a hydrogeologist with the department.

However, North Carolina is geologically different than other states, he said.

“We can see what’s been done in other parts of the country,” Bolich said. “Certainly there have been mistakes made, and we can try and keep those mistakes from happening here.”

But those mistakes are a big concern for local environmentalists, who said the costs of fracking far outweigh its possible benefits.

The amount of water used in fracking is a cause for alarm, said Katie Hicks, assistant director of Clean Water for North Carolina.

“At drought time, it can be devastating, since the process uses such huge amounts of water,” she said. “Anything that we can do to conserve the water for people is really going to be more and more essential.”

via The Daily Tar Heel :: North Carolina legislature considers hydraulic fracturing.

Westminster’s 1:1 Laptop Program, The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, education,  technology: In some ways this sounds absolutely phenomenal, but in other ways I wonder what if there isn’t something lost in learning … lost in translation.

The 561 students in the Junior High School have enthusiastically embraced their new MacBooks! The introduction of this technology has enhanced our students’ sense of responsibility – even as it puts the world at their fingertips.

With the embedded calculator, a planning calendar program that features helpful alerts and reminders and countless digital tools, the introduction of this technology has enhanced our students’ sense of responsibility – even as it puts the world at their fingertips. Each student tucks his or her computer in a special tote to carry home at night, where they can review a lesson via podcast, create a movie on an assigned report topic or chill a moment or two while they strum along to Garage Band.

In the Elementary School, 4th and 5th graders have adapted quickly to the NetBooks now provided for many of their lessons. The faculty is also introducing iPads across the curriculum in the younger grades. By the 2012-13 school year, the implementation of Westminster’s 1:1 Laptop Program across all grades will be complete.

via The Westminster Schools: News » Detail.

post-it wars, le guerre des post-it, website, favorites:  This is still the #1 search term used to find my blog!  🙂 My favorite for the day … Happy Friday.

Post-it® War.

Google Doodles,  Albert Szent-Györgyi:  Guess who Albert  Szent-Györgyi is?

Szent-Györgyi de Nagyrápolt,

Google Doodle Honors Albert Szent-Györgyi, Father of Vitamin C

via Google Doodle Honors Albert Szent-Györgyi, Father of Vitamin C | News & Opinion | PCMag.com.

Sarah Bode, high school cross country, high school sports, kith/kin, Louisville KY, Davidson friends, kudos:  Kudos to Sarah (and Tim and Rufus).  Great job at XC!

Sarah Bode has won the past three regional cross country and past two regional 3,200-meter titles.

Sarah Bode is ranked No. 4 statewide among Class A cross country runners. She has been a standout in Region Three the past four seasons. She finished second in the regional as an eighth-grader, then won the 5,000-meter race the next three years, running the McNeely Lake course in 20 minutes, 27.02 seconds in 2010. At the 2010 State, she placed fifth after a 10th the year before. She placed fourth in the Class A 3,200 meters at the state track meet in 2009 and 2010 after placing eighth as a freshman in 2008. She has won the regional 3,200 race the past two years.

via Q & A | Collegiate’s Sarah Bode – The Courier-Journal & HighSchoolSports.net.

Steve Jobs, Apple, Stevie Wonder, kudos:  ditto

And I want you all to give a hand to someone that you know whose health is very bad at this time. … His company took the challenge in making his technology accessible to everyone. In the spirit of caring and moving the world forward: Steve Jobs. Because there’s nothing on the iPhone or the iPad that you can do that I can’t do.

— Stevie Wonder, at a recent performance, thanks Steve Jobs for Apple’s work in making technology accessible to people with disabilities.

via QOTD: Stevie Wonder’s Shout-Out to Steve Jobs – Voices – News – AllThingsD.


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