Missed Opportunity

Part of the deal with Google to locate in Lenoir involved secret negotiations between Duke Power and Google for land controlled by Duke Power and electricity to be supplied by Duke Power. These dealings were blessed with exemptions for sales tax on the purchase of that electricity. One legacy of Lenoir's declining manufacturing activity is a robust electric distribution system yet, as Duke's applications for new generating capacity demonstrate, electricity supply is constrained.

Google has released very little information about plans for the new server farm but some assumptions can be made about electricity demands. Server farms and data centers require substantially more power per square foot than a typical office building. Other than normal electric loads like lighting, the demand for electricity in server farms comes from the servers themselves and the air conditioning required to deal with the heat generated.

Gulf Of Tonkin Moment Could Be Over (political cartoon)

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Lots of activity on the dKos crosspost, please recommend if you are so inclined.


After the Peak - from OrangePolitics.org

I am on the Orange Politics "Junkie" list, so I receive an email when a new post goes up on OrangePolitics.org. In this case it was an announcement of a film being shown in Orange County, however, Ruby's lead-in was provocative.

I actually think often of what our lives will be like after the assumption of plentiful and cheap petroleum is gone. For example in Chapel Hill, homes in walking distance of the campus will be even more valuable than they are now. How about homes near Carolina North? If we have managed to get some transit infrastructure into place, that will also drive the value of locations if the only appealing way to get to RTP is by transit. Or will RTP go away, a relic of the dinosaur age of cars? Will we see 10-story buildings in downtown Carrboro?

Anyway, like I said, I think about this, so I am very intrigued abut this film that is "a provocative look at the world of oil scarcity set in Orange County in the near future."

Being on the Orange County Transportation Board, this post by Ruby S. really peeked my interest. How can we put together 35 year plans without dealing with peak oil? Specifics on the showing after the break.

"I'm going to get your land, old man."

I'd heard this statement from several folks out in Washington County, but somehow it slipped my mind in all the recent developments. It's worth remembering.

This is the same agency whose field representative poked one of our farmers in the chest and said, "I am going to get your land, old man, whether you like it or not.”

This is how the United States Navy negotiates with North Carolina farmers. This is why we fight.

(This is your open thread.)


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I've been lucky enough to know Tim Toben for many, many years. He's a dedicated environmentalist, a community visionary, and very good friend. He's also going to be live-blogging with us this Friday. Hope you can come.

The best way to understand Tim is to follow a few links. For example, this interview in Treehugger does a great job describing his environmental work here in Orange County. Tim is the brains behind Greenbridge, a very cool green mixed-use development recently approved in downtown Chapel Hill.

You'll also be interested to know that he's pretty heavily involved in this campaign.

What else can I say? Tim started his own company way-back-when, established a bio-diesel operation on his land west of Carrboro, founded an organic farm with irrigation powered by solar and wind, moved hundreds of acres of forest into permanent conservation easements, and has a beautiful family.

If you want to get in some early questions, this is the place to do it. Any topic, of course, is fair game. Green building, conservation, the Chapel Hill Town Council, Bill McDonough, salt-water swimming pools, organic gardening, global warming, state energy policy, whatever suits you.

Please stop by on Friday morning to meet Tim. We'll start around 8 am.

Eva Ritchey: "Hungry for people to do the right thing"

In 2006, Henderson County Democrats, on their way to total defeat, trimmed 5000 votes off their usual Congressional vote deficit. They so drastically decreased Charles Taylor's lead in this heavily Republican County, their numbers are widely cited as the key to Heath Shuler's impressive victory.

In 2002 and 2004, the Democratic congressional candidate received 35 and 38 percent of the Henderson County vote. In 2006, Henderson Democrats delivered a comparatively whopping 45% to Shuler.

Eva talks about the keys to her county's success, what she calls "becoming a value-added party."

Jack Betts on Burr

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I'm a fan of Jack Betts, the Charlotte Observer columnist and blogger. He's been all over the OLF travesty for years, and now he's all over Richard Burr. His blog post today is a doozie. This one isn't about Burr being bought, though, it's about him being kidnapped!

What have they done with Richard Burr?

If you ask me, I think they’ve kidnapped U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and put some imposter in his place. What else explains the goofy positions, if that’s the right word, that the junior U.S. senator from North Carolina has taken on environmental issues in northeastern and northwestern North Carolina?

Raising Kaine gives me another idea (and open thread)

I didnt see an open thread, so thought I should start one.

Raising Kaine has already impressed most of us with what they have done in the past on the state level. They continued that trend by working with ActBlue. Well. Here they go again. They will be endorsing candidates in the Democratic primary in 2007.

For each primary race that RK identifies for a potential endorsement, the candidates will be invited to introduce themselves and to interact with our community over a period of about 10 days. We're talking live blogs, Blog Talk Radio, diaries and comments, and whatever other way the candidates may creatively discover to reach out to us. Each candidate will have an equal opportunity to make his/her case - but it's up to the candidate to seize that opportunity and to make the most of it. If one candidate in a race chooses not to seek the endorsement, we'll obviously take that into account in making our decision. Hopefully, all candidates will take advantage of this opportunity to introduce themselves and their positions, strengths, and vision to Virginia's most passionate progressives.


Fox Polls on John Edward's Decision to Stay in Race

In an attempt to keep Blue South from being a liar (he said I'd written about Edwards) and to keep Robert P. from monopolizing John Edwards news :-) , I'm posting this diary on the new Fox News poll. Normally, I wouldn't pay a durned bit of attention to Faux News, but there were some interesting nuggets in this poll.

First, let's just give a cheer for the American public. The decision by team Edwards to stay in the race has been met with a very positive response from Democrats and Republicans alike, men and women alike and parents with children.

More on Obama, Clinton and Edwards below the fold...

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