This is a great story of how to be successfully proactive in dealing with the issues of energy, environmental concerns and employment, all in one big package of innovative and practical ideas.


Oftentimes we focus more on what needs to be done without celebrating what is being done. I am guilty of this as well, but I do try to applaud positive steps forward where and when I can. In North Carolina there were two stories that hit the newspapers this weekend that framed the eco-energy issue. The first was on the continued push by the NC Senate to permit fracking. If you have read my earlier post on “The Perils of Fracking” and some of the subsequent posts, you know my concerns over this technique which we should avoid. The toxic water and air problems are enough to alarm you, but the impact on taking a huge amount out of the water supply should give anyone pause, especially our drought stricken friends in Texas.

Yet, on the positive front, NC continues to push forward on alternative, renewable energy. A key reason…

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  1. Other places in the south are doing similar things BMW one of the larger manufactures here in the upstate of SC recently contracted with the local landfill to obtain methane from that location for energy purposes. They also constructed a solar panel, easily seen from the interstate to help fuel their public museum/community center.

    Right now, and its not making a lot of noise, Duke Energy is going through the process of getting the go ahead to build an new nuclear power plant not too far from me. Its a toss up as to the benefits. Yes jobs to a county with higher then normal unemployment, short and long term, a boost to the economy from extra services it provides,the possibility of shutting down some of the local coal producing plants…but its nuclear a major trade off if things all go kaflooie with a plant. While we have several in our region. (sc currently has four), adding a fifth is getting some flak, but surprisingly not a lot.

    • Glad to hear that there are some advances being made in the eco-energy front where you live! It’s one of those things that seems so common sense, yet state governments and most private companies are dragging their feet on going in this direction. There’s money to be made if it’s done right, so you think that would be an incentive.

      The nuclear issue is a toughie. As you noted, there are definite pros and cons. I guess the closer you live to a nuclear power plant, the more convincing the “cons” list starts to look. It is a big tradeoff indeed.

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