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April 15, 2011

This Week's Blogosphere Soup

A quick review of this past week's happenings in the blog world

The natural gas industry is opening up its wallet in a big way in the Empire State, where a moratorium on hydraulic fracking has been in place since last year. Fracking opponents are being outspent by the dirty-energy industry by a 4-1 ratio:

New York is a hot spot to watch in the controversy over gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking), which the state placed a temporary ban on last year. A new report from Common Cause/New York shows the historic levels of money dirty energy companies are spending to promote gas drilling and to overturn New York state’s ban on fracking.

-- Speaking of New York, NYT's City Room blog recounts the glory days of nuclear -- the early 1960s -- when plans were laid out to build the largest nuke plant in the world just two miles from Times Square.

On a snowy night in February 1963, more than 250 people crowded into a church auditorium a few blocks from the plant site in the middle-and-working-class neighborhood of Ravenswood for the first community meeting on the project. The Queens borough president, Mario J. Cariello, set the tone, thundering, to cheers and applause, "I was opposed to this project, I am opposed, and I will continue in that stand until convinced otherwise."
Also in the blogosphere this week:

-- Fast enough for ya? This electric motorcycle hits 190 mph.

-- What's a "road diet"?

"A road diet is anytime you take any lane out of a road." The first time people hear about a road diet, their initial reaction likely goes something like this: "How can removing lanes improve my neighborhood and not cause traffic backups?" It seems counterintuitive, but taking away lanes can actually help traffic flow smoother while improving safety for everyone.

-- The Sierra Club Foundation will be helping Dr. Jill Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama in pushing a new initiative designed for military families.

-- And lastly, meet this "evil, buck-toothed" dinosaur you've never heard of:

Having found only the head and neck of sharp-toothed Daemonosaurus, the researchers aren't sure of its exact size but they speculate it would have been near that of a tall dog. Its name is from the Greek words "daimon" meaning evil spirit and "sauros" meaning lizard or reptile. Chauliodus is derived from the Greek word for "buck-toothed" and refers to the species' big slanted front teeth.

-- Brian Foley


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