The Daily brief: August 30, 2011

Aug. 30, 2011, 8:36 p.m.

Cleaner energy | Natural gas can be extracted from shale safely and responsibly, according to Mark Zoback, professor of geophysics, who served on a recent Department of Energy panel of experts. Natural gas currently represents more than 25 percent of the energy Americans consume, an amount expected to increase over the coming years. There is enough gas from shale in the U.S. to completely replace the country’s coal consumption for the next 20 to 30 years, Zoback predicts.

Soccer Victory | The women’s team, currently ranked second in the nation, beat Georgetown 4-1 yesterday in Washington D.C. The Cardinal’s Lindsay Taylor and Sydney Payne each scored two goals. The match was moved from Sunday because of high winds and rain.

Sharing Tracks | Three Peninsula lawmakers have proposed blending the high-speed rail and Caltrain tracks. The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHRA) recently put its support behind the proposal.

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