Fracking is again taking center stage in the debate about the future of the state's energy sources -- but it comes as prominent Republicans make nice with green energy.
On fracking, from today's News & Observer: "North Carolina's study on the potential for a shale gas industry should slow down and focus less on how the practice would be managed and regulated and more on whether it should be allowed at all, speakers said at a public hearing Monday night.
"Why do we have to have this whole study done by May?" Chatham County Commissioner Sally Kost asked state representatives at the crowded meeting in Sanford. With so many issues to consider, the state should take the time to do a comprehensive study, she said." Read more here.
State Sen. Bob Rucho, a Matthews Republican, suggests GOP legislative leaders nearly have the votes to override Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of an energy bill to allow offshore natural gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing to extract gas from shale.
But at the same time, prominent N.C. Republicans -- including U.S. Sen. Richard Burr -- cheered a renewable energy project (a $5 million solar farm) announced in Mount Airy -- a move that probably would surprise and excite fracking critics.
House Speaker Thom Tillis even test drove an all-electric Chevy Volt on the way to the event. At the solar event, he said the state "can come up with a comprehensive energy strategy that makes sense," according to his staff.