Expert geologist says test drilling for natural gas in Davie Basin is a joke

But hey, why listen to an expert geologist when you can listen to a full-of-baloney ideologue like Andrew Brock?

Paul Thayer has a pretty good idea what the Davie shale basin holds. After all, the 6-mile wide by 4-6-mile long shale basin was the subject of his dissertation for his doctorate in geology from UNC Chapel Hill, making him the only geologist around who has studied it extensively. Asked to weigh in on a proposal for the state to pay for test drilling in the basin, Thayer delivered a blunt response: “My take is, No. 1, that would be a total waste of taxpayer money,” said Thayer, now a professor emeritus of geology at UNC Wilmington. “It’s a pie-in-the-sky thing.”

We can be just like Texas

An appalling story in the New York Times today shows exactly what happens when fracking interests move in, a harsh preview of things to come here in North Carolina. Between slack regulation, a lack of property rights, trickle-up economics, and gag-rules, we've laid the same foundation they have in Texas. Poverty digs in. Just what we need.

And though the boom has helped produce fortunes for some and comfortable lives for many, for others it exists within a rural landscape of unpaved streets without garbage pickup, where few dare to drink the tap water because it tastes and smells like chlorine.

Chad Barefoot plays the Russian card in campaign outreach

Just when you thought it was safe, the Russians are coming:

Barefoot's email references these "negative attack ads" as well as comments by a NATO leader that "Russians are 'secretly' joining forces with extreme liberal environmental groups to spread misinformation regarding energy exploration." Although Barefoot stops short of saying this explicitly, the overall impression of the email is that "interests as far a field as Moscow and the Kremlin" are somehow playing a part in his state Senate campaign. Here's the text of the fundraising email:

"The environmentalists are on the attack again - and this time, Russia is in the mix...It is time to set the record straight and get this campaign rolling with our own TV ads. We can't let liberal, out-of-state special interests-even interests as far a field as Moscow and the Kremlin mislead the people of our district. That's why I'm coming to you right now."

Ahh! The Kremlin! The next thing you know, they'll be rounding up the Kulaks! (for the purpose of this discussion, the Kulaks would be farmers and private businessmen in Wake County) But it seems our good NATO Commander is angling for a Euro stink-tank position:

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