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.
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.
Submitted by Drama Queen on Mon, 04/02/2007 - 9:16pm
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."
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?
Submitted by Blue South on Mon, 04/02/2007 - 4:58pm
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.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Mon, 04/02/2007 - 3:09pm
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...
Submitted by Drama Queen on Mon, 04/02/2007 - 1:52pm
Wednesday at noon, we will have Polk County Democratic Party Chair Margaret Johnson live-blogging on BlueNC as part of our Women on Wednesdays series. A profile with videos and text will be posted at 9 a.m.
Please use this thread to discuss questions for her. If you can't be with us Wednesday, leave your questions here and we'll see that they get asked.
To get you thinkin', here's the gist of her story:
Two elections after instituting an extensive strategic planning process, Polk County Democrats went from a dismal electoral record (only a clerk of court in office) to two Democratic County Commissioners and the Sheriff. For Congress, they turned a 2004 700-vote deficit into a 2006 1200-vote margin of victory for Heath Shuler.
To add some excitement to their election season, the Democratic sheriff's candidate was "investigated" on 20-year-old charges by the incumbent Republican sheriff. Even though he was indicted during the campaign, the tactic so angered residents the Democrat won anyway. (During the campaign he was offered a plea bargain if he would withdraw from the race.)
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