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Re: “Scholars to consider the role of technology in academia

Wikipedia is not a scholarly work. Interesting, yes; fascinating, ocassionally. But I can go change it right now to say whatever I want it to say, cite my own statements and include the date of access, and basically cherry-pick the content for my research. If you want reliable information sources, forget the internet: try the dead tree collection (library) instead.

Posted by David Bowmam on 05/01/2007 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Get reel

just one more comment. the Progress Energy website (http://tinyurl.com/2srghz) states that 35% of their customers get their energy from nuclear power. this statistic does include operations in South Carolina and Florida; nevertheless, this statistic is within the 30-40% range i mentioned previously, and is significant enough to undercut the claim that "most" of North Carolina's energy is coal-based.

Posted by David Bowmam on 05/01/2007 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Get reel

the article states that "most" of North Carolina's electricity comes from coal-fired power plants. in fact, somewhere around 30-40% comes from nuclear power. this is based on a statistic released by Progress Energy last year (although i cannot recall the exact amount). nuclear energy is certainly a contentious issue, but from a greenhouse gas perspective, it is certainly "cleaner" than burning coal.

Posted by David Bowmam on 05/01/2007 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Get reel

John: there have only been two "electric" cars that drew power from the grid. the last one was discontinued over 10 years ago. modern hybrids generate their own electricity through a variety of means. Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, for example, takes advantage of braking friction and inertia to re-charge the internal battery. this is comparable to using renewable energy sources such as wind or solar - taking advantage of kinetic energy that would otherwise be wasted. it is not helpful to characterize people as environmentalists. people either care about the world and try to do everything they can to make it a better place... or they learn to be helpless in the face of adversity. the choice is up to you.

Posted by David Bowmam on 05/01/2007 at 9:52 PM

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