September 2012 Archives

Struggling to feel fully informed about fracking

September 14, 2012

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On the one hand, fracking has been responsible for earthquakes and creates toxic water that must be locked away interminably. On the other hand, cheap natural gas is replacing coal and thus lowering the projected greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., thanks in no small part to fracking. Furthermore, it is one of the few growth industries in America, helping the economy recover from hard times. They say the earthquakes can be avoided by better techniques, but I have not heard anything positive about the water supply. In some ways, this feels worse than nuclear fission, which provides the POTENTIAL for nasty poisoning of the environment, whereas fracking by definition requires destruction of increasingly scarce (at least here in Texas) water.

Dallas Interfaith Power & Light - "Power Surge"

September 9, 2012

Dallas Interfaith Power & Light will be hosting a screening and round-table discussion of the Nova Documentary Power Surge, on Monday, September 24, 7:00 PM. This film looks at the state of "green energy" in the United States and the potential impact of technology on softening the blow of global climate change. The event will be held at the Dallas Baha'i Center, 9400 Plano Rd, Dallas, TX (south of Walnut Hill, north of E Northwest Hwy).

In addition, participants of this new faith-based initiative will be presented with an opportunity to comment on the draft Mission and Principles.

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