‘To Me, Saying This Is a War on Coal Is Saying the Internet Is a War on Typewriters’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Emma Foehringer Merchant for Newsweek:“Utilities are really coming to grips with how they need to adapt to a changing climate,” said Dave Robertson of Portland General Electric, one of two utilities that serve 70 percent of customers in Oregon, and a collaborator on the Oregon legislation. He said that over the next 25 years “we’re going to need to have new power plants anyways.”Whether those plants will continue to burn coal is up to utilities and power producers. And recently, companies have been deciding against it. According to the magazine Pacific Standard, of the 523 coal plants in operation over the last five years, more than 200 have closed or soon will. Furthermore, no new coal plants are currently planned in the United States.“To me saying this is a war on coal is saying the Internet is a war on typewriters,” said Bob Keefe, executive director for E2, a partner of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “ The fact of the matter is that the energy business…is in transition. The good news is that like any major industry transition, we’re seeing a lot of progress”—specifically, the addition of 250,000 clean energy jobs in the last four years.Renewable energy is also getting cheaper, leading to an expected 8 percent increase in renewables this year. “The ‘war on coal’ is being driven by lots of different dynamics including a huge drop in the cost of renewables and then obviously to an extent the drop in price in natural gas in the United States,” said Jake Schmidt of the NRDC. It has become economically rational “to shift away from coal to one of these sources and a lot of companies are choosing natural gas.”Republicans coined the phrase “war on coal” as a pejorative way to describe Obama’s regulatory policies.  This year’s presidential race has continued that belligerently pro-coal approach. Trump has been particularly  outspoken , calling Obama’s war a job killer, and he has raked in  coal country votes  and  support  for his efforts.But according to Keefe, rhetorical assaults designed to boost coal are a waste of time. “If I’m a coal state politician, instead of harping about some other party’s ‘war on coal’ I would be trying my best to help those workers,” he said. “Getting them some worker retraining programs and more importantly getting more clean energy … in my state.” Clearing the way for budding renewables programs will help to ease the absence of coal across the country.  Nevada has faced what Keefe calls a “solar debacle,” thanks to regulators dumping extra electricity costs on solar users, and North Carolina  and  Florida  have seen similar struggles. Sorting out these regulations will take some pressure off natural gas.Full article: Is It Game Over for Coal? ‘To Me, Saying This Is a War on Coal Is Saying the Internet Is a War on Typewriters’last_img read more

Private investment fleeing coal in India, backing renewables instead

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:If India is such a bright hope for global coal demand, why can’t investors see it?The country will experience the largest increase in coal burning through 2023, according to the International Energy Agency, with a 3.9% annual pace of growth that should be enough to offset falling consumption in developed countries. BloombergNEF, whose forecasts tend to be less bullish than the IEA’s on fossil fuel demand, is not far behind: Coal-fired generation will increase about 48% by 2030 to hit 1,512 terawatt-hours, more than all of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.The curious thing is that when you look at the Indian power sector, there are few signs it’s on the brink of a boom. Quite the opposite: As many as 65 gigawatts of the 90GW of private-sector generators connected in India are under financial stress, according to a parliamentary report last year. As my colleague Andy Mukherjee has written, the resulting 1.8 trillion rupees ($26 billion) in bad loans is contributing to a nonperforming asset crisis that risks undermining the Indian financial system. Furthermore, activity to increase coal-fired generation is overwhelmingly dependent on state support. Out of 48GW of coal generators planned to be built by 2027 under the country’s current electricity plan, just 14% is being developed by the private sector; a matching 48GW of generation is already slated for retirement by the same date.Even that modest level of private investment appears to be retreating now, according to a report published Friday by the Centre for Financial Accountability, a Delhi-based group pushing for better standards of development finance. Lending to coal-fired power fell 90% in 2018, to 60 billion rupees from 608 billion rupees the previous year, the CFA said. The vast majority of that total was refinancing of existing plants: Just 12 billion rupees was dedicated to new generation, all of it to just one state-backed plant in Uttar Pradesh.If you still think wind and solar are the energy sectors most dependent on state support, you’ve not been paying attention to how the landscape has changed. In India, 65% of funding to coal-fired projects in 2018 came from government-controlled institutions, whereas three-quarters of loans to renewables came from the private sector, according to the CFA. Even a six-fold increase in renewables subsidies to 150 billion rupees in 2018 left that sector shy of the 160 billion rupees directly supporting the coal mining and generation sector, according to a separate report last year.In truth, there’s not enough investment in either form of generation at the moment to make a sure-fire bet. Still, as we’ve argued, the collapse of financing for fossil fuels should give pause to anyone making bullish predictions for the future of carbon-intensive electricity, including the governments that are increasingly its main backers. Coal-fired power has long failed in terms of human health and climate impacts, but its raw economics are now collapsing, too. Even the might of the state can’t keep flogging this dead horse much longer.More: A burning question for coal’s brightest star Private investment fleeing coal in India, backing renewables insteadlast_img read more

4 Must-Fish Trout Streams in Southwest Virginia

first_img3. Big Wilson CreekAnother fishery accessible by way of the Mount Rogers Recreation Area, Big Wilson Creek has been called one of Virginia’s finest mountain trout streams. In the upper portions of Big Wilson, you will find an abundance of wild rainbow and brook trout that seek refuge in the numerous deep pools flanked by the protection of car-sized boulders. With spring just around the corner,  now is the time to start planning a trip to Big Wilson Creek. March is one of the best months to fish this stretch of river and dry fly fishing is one of the most effective methods.4. South Fork Holston RiverThe South Fork Holston River rises in Smyth County, Virginia near Sugar Grove and is home to the Virginia state brown trout record. It also serves as the headwaters for the popular Holston River tailwater in northern Tennessee. The nearby Buller Fish Hatchery produces northern pike muskellunge, smallmouth bass, and walleyes, as well as 50,000 trout per year. While the stream itself is fairly small, the fish it holds are not, and the remote nature of the area makes for smaller crowds than many of the other great trout streams in South West Virginia. Old Dominion has long been a highly sought after destination for fly anglers from all over the country, and the southwest corner of the state holds some of its biggest draws. From White Top Laurel Creek where wild trout abound, to the South Fork Holston River where trophies are common place, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites.1. Whitetop Laurel CreekThis stream is up there with some of the best wild trout rivers in the entire Southeast. For anglers, the place to begin on Whitetop is the 6 miles of stream below Konnarock beginning at Creek Junction, near the confluence of Whitetop and Green Cove Creek. This marks the beginning of a 6-mile artificial only stretch where all trout smaller than 12 inches must be released. This stretch can be accessed by way of Creek Junction Road, just east of Damascus. Those in the know say that prime time on Whitetop is during the spring months, when feeding trout will rise for just about any kind of dry fly you can throw. 2. New River in Grayson CountyOne of the oldest rivers on the North American continent, the New boasts a robust fishery that’s home to everything from trophy smallmouth bass and musky to walleye, black crappie and redbreast sunfish. In Southwest Virginia, this warm water fishery flows through Grayson County and offers enterprising anglers the opportunity to catch the smallmouth bass of a lifetime.last_img read more

Say No to FOMO: Looking for a fun, affordable Winter escape?

first_imgSave 50% on a luxury cabin with hot tub and fireplace in West Virginia’s New River Gorge, plus get the fourth night free through March 31st.Discover history, nature, culture, cuisine and amazing adventures in one of “America’s Coolest Small Towns” – Fayetteville, West Virginia. River Expeditions is the area’s only family-owned adventure outfitter featuring whitewater rafting, float trips, zipline tours, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding and more April through October. Their “quiet season” November through March, allows you to reconnect and stay cozy with deep discounts on luxury cabin rentals.Whether you’re planning a romantic rendezvous, a family retreat or a girlfriends getaway, the luxury cabins at River Expeditions will exceed your expectations. Conveniently located just four miles south of the New River Gorge Bridge, you’re close to quaint shops and restaurants, miles of hiking and biking trails in West Virginia’s state and national parklands, as well as nearby ski areas with skiing, snowboarding and tubing.River Expeditions luxury cabins are spacious and well-appointed featuring five queen beds, two full baths, kitchen, gas fireplace, private hot tub, gas grill, fire pit, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi (should you opt to stay connected to the outside world). November through March their cabins go on sale for half off the regular nightly rate, plus you get the fourth consecutive night. We love this deal!Amenities at the Fayetteville resort during rafting season (April – October) include a full service campground with RV sites, cabins ranging from rustic to luxury – again the fourth night lodging is free, zipline course, outdoor pool and deluxe 18-person hot tub, the iconic Red Dog River Saloon & Grill featuring local craft beer and designer cocktails, The Fire Creek Lodge & Conference Center, kids arcade, gift shop, Wi-Fi, sand volleyball, corn hole, horseshoes, disc golf, hiking trails, massage studio and more.Since River Expeditions is family owned and operated, they deliver a level of personal service that only a family can bring to their own business. Owners Rick and Heather Johnson surround themselves with like-minded professionals who are equally passionate about sharing their love of the outdoors with others. The attentive staff is genuinely committed to engaging guests throughout their adventure experience. They especially take pleasure in watching kids learn to love and appreciate adventures in nature that the entire family can enjoy for years to come. Quite simply, River Expeditions doesn’t have shareholders so they are only accountable to their guests. This is just one distinction that sets them apart from other outfitters.Whitewater rafting is the main attraction at River Expeditions, with trips available on the world famous New River and Gauley River daily April through October. The gentle Upper New River offers scenic family float trips which is perfect for multi-generational families with kids age six and up. Kids always raft for half price on the playful section. The New River Gorge is their signature whitewater expedition which is appropriate for beginners, age twelve and up. There are two distinct sections of the Gauley River – each with amazing whitewater and spectacular scenery. Half-day, full-day, multi-day and premium riverside overnight trips are available.Special events and discounts are offered throughout the year, as well as flash sales and deals exclusively for River Expeditions email subscribers and social channels. They even feature fun themed events like the Totally Awesome 80’s Weekend in August and Halloween Party in October, not to mention their Annual Bridge Day Blowout during the final weekend of rafting and West Virginia’s best festival.Connections matter and River Expeditions is connected to their rivers, mountains, communities, environment and especially their guests. Plan your Winter getaway and explore the New River Gorge while you stay cozy in a luxury cabin – on sale through 3/31/19.For more information contact River Expeditions: 800.463.9873 or online at www.raftinginfo.com to download their brochure.last_img read more

Kelvin-Helmholtz Waves caught in VA

first_img“Seized the moment when these fleeting Tsunami clouds rolled by last night. They are called Kelvin-Helmholtz waves and develop due to differing wind speeds in the atmosphere. Because the air is saturated at this level of the atmosphere, a cloud can form. At the top of the wave, the air is moving faster than the air at the bottom of the wave. The differing wind speed and density of the air from top to bottom is what allows the cloud to billow over like an ocean wave. They typically form either around sunrise or sunset, as the bottom layer of the cloud is cooler (more dense) than the top layer.” How cool is this?! @achunter78 got this epic shot of Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds in Virginia the other night. Her caption below explains a bit about the science behind these beauties. last_img read more

SylvanSport: 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

first_img Learn more at SylvanSport.com GO Easy Gear Trailer starting at $1,995.00 Regardless of who you’re shopping for this holiday season, SylvanSport has something for everyone on your list! Hanging around camp, on a fun road trip, or hustling through the airport, our collection of adventure gear will be the coolest gift under the tree (or in the driveway). WayLight Hiking Pole $59.95 The Cloud Layer™ Double Sleeping Bag (larger than a queen bed!) offers home-like comfort for you…and a friend. From a 20° night or a 60° summer evening, the multiple layers make the Cloud Layer system as versatile as it is comfortable. Cloud Layer Single Sleeping Bag $199.99 GO Camper $9,995.00 “This mattress is the bomb for camping! Self-inflating feature works great! It is roomy enough to roll over, rather than the typical “slide and scoot” method of my other pads. Extremely comfortable. Slept on it for a week in the woods and never missed my home mattress!” – Chris B. Cloud Layer Air Mattress $199.99 With 3 light modes (spot, lantern, both), WayLight offers a variety of lighting options and the height adjustment is easy to use and secure. There are even slots in the basket for bamboo skewers to roast marshmallows around the campfire! WayLight is your light-up companion while finding your way down the trail, hanging out around the campfire, or taking Fido on his evening walk. The Hacky Pack Daypack is THE perfect ‘everything’ bag. At only 4oz and stowable into a 4” stuff sack/ball, the Hacky Pack is right at home on the trail, at the grocery store, or traveling on a plane. “I love this pop up kitchen. I couldn’t believe how this huge, sturdy kitchen popped up from such a small carry case. I bought it to use when I go glamping, but now I keep it and my small grill in the back of my truck at all times. I love that it has a lot of prep and storage space. I’m definitely a happy camper!” – Linda B. Over Easy Camp Kitchen $349.99 “A truly great design, clearly engineered with great thought & detail and quality materials. The versatility seems limitless. I really appreciate the waterproof storage, cargo space, size, and the optional long tow bar. I also really value how easy it is to remove the tongue to maximize my garage space. A job/product extremely well done!” – Mr. F. Hacky Pack Daypack $39.99 Cloud Layer Double Sleeping Bag $299.99 “Love it! We have had our GO for over a year now…2 successful camping summers. Made us fall in love with camping again! Makes planning easier, set up is easy, and just a fun unit!” – Judy S. The Cloud Layer™ Single Sleeping Bag offers home-like comfort, whether it’s a 20° night or a 60° summer evening. Its spacious design, organic cotton sheet, multiple layer configurations, and compatible mattress makes you feel right at home. last_img read more

Alaska removes ‘Into the Wild’ Bus from the wilderness

first_imgAfter Krakauer’s book was published, the bus drew hikers from around the world, who regularly embarked on the dangerous 20-mile hike to reach it. Two hikers have died in their attempt to reach the bus, swept away by the unpredictable Teklanika River. “I know it’s the right thing for public safety… At the same time, it’s always a little bittersweet when a piece of your history gets pulled out,” Denali Borough mayor Clay Walker told Alaska Public Radio. The abandoned bus made famous by Jon Krakauer’s book “Into the Wild,” which documented the life and death of Christopher McCandless who lived in the bus, has been removed from its location in the wilderness outside of Healy, Alaska. The bus was airlifted out of the wild by a Chinook helicopter and then loaded onto a flatbed trailer and moved to an unknown location. Some things never change—like the forward march of Earth’s warming temperatures. NOAA reports that 2020 is on track to be one of the warmest on record. Karin Gleason, a climatologist at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, told NBC News that it’s “virtually certain” that 2020 will rank among the top five warmest years in the 141 years the agency has tracked the climate. The current warmest year on record was 2016, but the agency says there’s a nearly 50% chance 2020 could set a new record. The year-to-date period from January through May 2020 has been the second-warmest on record, Gleason said. California woman fights off bear with her laptop The woman fought back with the only defense she had—her laptop. “She hit the bear with it and stunned it long enough to escape inside the house,” Foy said, adding that the attack was “unprovoked.” Wildlife officials have not yet located the bear but if they do it will be euthanized. In this photo released by the Alaska National Guard, Alaska Army National Guard soldiers use a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to removed an abandoned bus, popularized by the book and movie “Into the Wild,” out of its location in the Alaska backcountry Thursday, June 18, 2020, as part of a training mission. Alaska Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige, in a release, said the bus will be kept in a secure location while her department weighs various options for what to do with it. SGT. SETH LACOUNT AP Alaska removes ‘Into the Wild’ Bus from the wilderness Read more on Christopher McCandless: A teenager that fell asleep in her Sierra Madre, California backyard on Monday evening got a rude awakening when she awoke around dusk to a black bear approaching her. “It immediately attacked,” Fish and Wildlife Captain Patrick Foy told CNN. The bear scratched the woman’s arms and legs and then began to bite her leg. Is Into the Wild’s Chris McCandless a Hero? 2020 gearing up to be one of the hottest on record last_img read more

Brazil To Build New Nuclear Reactor

first_imgBy Dialogo May 07, 2010 Brazil is to build a 483-million-dollar nuclear reactor to produce radioactive material for medical use as well as industrial-grade enriched uranium, local media reported Wednesday, citing a cabinet minister. “The multipurpose reactor has a very important role in the nuclear program,” Science and Technology Minister Sergio Rezende said in the daily O Estado de Sao Paulo. The reactor will be built in Ipero, 130 kilometers (80 miles) from the southeastern city of Sao Paulo, in an area where the Brazilian navy is developing a nuclear submarine project and building ultracentrifuges to enrich uranium. The reactor will be used for nuclear medicine, producing what are known as radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosing and treating diseases like cancer, Rezende said, as well as produce industrial-level enriched uranium starting in 2014. The announcement came as senior officials from around the world meet at the United Nations to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and ahead of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s May 16-17 trip to Iran. Lula in February announced that two new nuclear power plants would be built in Brazil’s northeast. Brazil has an ambitious civilian nuclear program, and for more than 20 years has had two nuclear plants in Angra dos Reis, in Rio de Janeiro state. The country’s constitution bans the presence of nuclear weapons on Brazilian territory.last_img read more

Brazil: Security Forces Seize Three Tons of Marijuana

first_img Mexican officials to try alleged teenage killer as a minor Panama: Police seize more than two tons of cocaine Colombia: Police seize 105 kilograms of cocaine BOGOTÁ, Colombia – President Juan Manuel Santos’ administration scored a victory in its fight against narcotics when police recently seized 105 kilograms (231 pounds) of cocaine hidden in a shipment of fruit bound for the United States. The narcotic was discovered in the cargo area of the Alfonso Bonilla Aragón airport in the city of Cali in the department of Valle del Cauca, said Col. Carlos Alfonso Aguirre, the head of the Department of Ports and Airports of the Narcotics Division. Aguirre said the cocaine, which had a street value of about US$4.2 million, was initially headed for the island of San Andrés but “had as transit places countries in Central America, and the final destination would have been the United States.” No arrests were made, but police have launched an investigation to determine who owned the cocaine, according to the Colombian websites El Colombiano.com and El Espectador.com. CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico – The Federal Police have apprehended seven suspected gunmen who allegedly are members of the Gente Nueva, a group that works on behalf of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Federal Police officers confiscated five AK-47 assault rifles, about 300 rounds of ammunition and two vehicles from the suspects in the city that has become the country’s murder capital, the Public Safety Secretariat said, according to EFE. Police arrested José Ángel Juárez, Héctor Triana Aldaba, Gilberto Román Arguijo Rosales, Ángel Horacio Valles Peña, Juan Carlos Ramírez Rodríguez, Cristian Raymundo Miranda Juárez and Julian Ernesto Ordoñez Oliva during the operation, the secretariat said, according to EFE. José Ángel Juárez, Ángel Horacio Valles Peña, Juan Carlos Ramírez Rodríguez and Julian Ernesto Ordoñez Oliva have criminal records – for robbery and drug trafficking – according to the Federal Police’s Intelligence Center. The arrests were carried out after Federal Police received an anonymous phone call about two vehicles with armed men in the neighborhood of Praderas de la Sierra, in the southern section of Ciudad Juárez, according to EFE. The suspects, who range from 18 to 39, are mainly from the state of Chihuahua, home to Ciudad Juárez. Gente Nueva has been locked in a turf war with La Línea, which has partnered with the Juárez cartel in the fight to possess the state’s lucrative smuggling routes into the United States. The operation resulted in the apprehension of 11 Colombians, nine Spaniards, three Algerians and a Romanian national, and authorities are pursuing at least five more suspects in connection with the case. The Civil Guard seized a kilo of cocaine, €13,000 (US$17,227) in cash, and €40,000 (US$53,009) in property during the operation, according to the Colombian website El Colombiano. By Dialogo December 09, 2010 Spain: Police arrest 24 suspected narcotics traffickerscenter_img CUERNAVACA, Mexico – A 14-year-old boy who allegedly had a role in four beheadings on behalf of a drug cartel will be tried under a state juvenile law that carries a maximum three-year prison sentence if found guilty. The juvenile court judge in the state of Morelos could have ruled the boy, known only has “Edgar,” be tried in federal court because of the severity of his alleged crimes. The judge said national law allows him to take cases involving minors facing federal charges. Edgar, who goes by the alias “El Ponchis,” is facing murder, organized crime and other charges in the state of Morelos. RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Security forces recently confiscated three tons of marijuana in a housing complex in the Complexo do Alemão a week after about 2,500 police officers had descended into the slum to quell an uprising by suspected narcotics traffickers. The marijuana had been stashed in a hidden room behind a fake wall in a residence in the area known as Fasendinha, one of the 15 slums comprising Complexo do Alemão. The bust came after police and soldiers confiscated 33.8 tons of marijuana, 313.9 kilograms (692 pounds) of cocaine, 54 kilograms (119 pounds) of crack, and about two kilograms of hashish (4.4 pounds), as well as an array of assault rifles and grenades during a recent seven-day period that ended on Dec. 5, according to EFE. Edgar was apprehended last week along with his 19-year-old sister at an airport south of the nation’s capital. Officials allege he works on behalf of the Cartel of the South Pacific, an organization comprised of members who left the Beltrán Leyva cartel. “I participated in four executions, but I did it drugged and under threat that if I didn’t, they would kill me,” the boy told federal prosecutors, according to The Associated Press. PANAMA CITY, Panama – Police arrested three suspects in connection with the confiscation of 2,030 kilos (4,471 pounds) of cocaine, a senior prosecutor said on Dec. 5. Nataniel Murgas said the narcotic was seized during a traffic stop, when police discovered it hidden in a tank with a double bottom that was being towed by a van on Dec. 4. The police learned of the vehicle’s location because of a tip, he added. The bust occurred at a checkpoint in Guabala, in the province of Chiriquí, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) west of the nation’s capital, Murgas said. Police arrested a Panamanian and a Mexican who were escorting the van in a pickup truck, as well as a Honduran national who was driving the van, EFE reported. Law enforcement officials also confiscated three guns discovered inside the truck, according to a police report. Panama’s security forces have seized 71 tons of narcotics, mostly cocaine, so far this year, according to the Public Safety Ministry. Mexico: Federal Police arrest seven suspected cartel hitmen PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain – Eleven Colombians and nine Spaniards were among 24 suspected narcotics traffickers who were arrested during a nearly two-week operation carried out by the Civil Guard, officials said. Authorities said the suspects allegedly worked for an organization that trafficked cocaine in the Formentera in the Balearic Islands in the western Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. last_img read more

Central American Countries Study Creation of Counternarcotics Intelligence Center

first_img The countries of Central America are examining the possibility of creating a regional intelligence center in order to exchange the information they gather about drug-trafficking cartels, Honduran Vice Minister of Security Armando Calidoneo announced. “In this effort, the fight against drugs, we’ve debated the need to create a possible Regional Intelligence Center, which is fundamental,” he indicated to the press at the Twenty-Eighth International Drug Enforcement Conference, which is meeting in Cancún, in eastern Mexico. Calidoneo, who participated in a meeting of Central American anti-drug authorities, also said that the countries of the region are seeking to improve their capacity to increase their operational capabilities against drug trafficking. The Honduran vice minister’s statement was made after several officials at the event, which will last until Thursday and in which delegates from more than a hundred countries are participating, warned that Central America is increasingly becoming a field of operations for the cartels. On 5 April, the director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Michele Leonhart, warned that at the same time that they are being confronted in Mexico, the Mexican cartels are increasing their presence in Central American countries. On 6 April, Mexican Security Secretary Genaro García Luna said that the region most affected by the cartels’ shift in location “is Central America, particularly the Northern Triangle, made up of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.” By Dialogo April 08, 2011last_img read more