Editorial: Energy Companies Must Be Held Accountable for Cleanup Costs FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From Bloomberg View:The broader question is how many more Peabodys there may be, and how to pay for the environmental damage they have caused. The company is the latest in a string of U.S. coal producers to fail, in an industry that has lost 20,000 jobs and 94 percent of its market value since 2011. U.S. coal production in the first three months of 2016 fell 38 percent from the same period last year.One thing states should do is not to allow the practice of self-bonding. In Peabody’s case, the federal government in February warned states that continuing to allow the practice was a bad idea. Yet Illinois, for example, continued to allow it even after the state’s attorney general raised concerns about Peabody’s ability to meet its obligations.Yes, requiring coal producers to bear the full cost of their cleanup obligations may push some into bankruptcy. And mining companies are some of these states’ largest employers. But states can’t halt the long slide of the coal industry by allowing coal companies to discount their environmental obligations. And even if they could, regulators’ responsibility is to the interests of the public. Better to insist on honest accounting, then let the market decide who survives.It’s an issue that affects more than just coal mining. The federal government allows oil and gas companies to self-bond, a practice now under review for companies working in the Gulf of Mexico. The case of Peabody is a warning to all levels of government about the risks of letting companies simply vouch for their ability to clean up after themselves.The Lessons of a Coal Giant’s Collapse
Month: December 2020
Electricity-Generation ‘Disruption of Unprecedented Scope’ Drives Siemens to Follow GE in Restructuring Power Equipment Business; 6,900 Job Cuts FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:German electrical engineering giant Siemens AG on Thursday became the latest corporate behemoth to bow before sweeping changes to the way electricity is made the world over, as it unveiled a restructuring plan to tackle overcapacity in its core businesses.The German conglomerate said it would cut 6,900 jobs world-wide, or 2% of its total workforce. The cuts affect three of its oldest units that provide clients that range from electrical utilities to commodities companies to the oil-and-gas industry with gigantic turbines, industrial motors and other heavy equipment.The restructuring at Siemens comes just days after rival General Electric Co. admitted misjudging demand in its own core power businesses and announced it would halve its dividend and launch a sweeping restructuring. GE is cutting thousands of jobs, and its new chief executive, John Flannery, said 2018 would be a “reset year.”Siemens, like GE, has been caught unprepared for governments’ and companies’ shift away from large, fossil fuel-powered plants to renewables, which make electricity in a decentralized way and without the need to move massive amounts of steam through one of Siemens’s mighty turbines.Meanwhile, gas-powered plants haven’t picked up the slack from embattled coal and nuclear businesses as quickly as both Siemens and GE had anticipated.“The power-generation industry is experiencing disruption of unprecedented scope and speed,” Lisa Davis, a prominent American board member at Siemens with special oversight of the power-and-gas division, said in a statement Thursday. A full 6,100 of the job cuts, or 13% of the 46,800 workforce at the unit, will address overcapacity in the company’s manufacturing of turbines for power plants, a Siemens spokesperson said.More ($): Germany’s Siemens to Slash 6,900 Jobs Amid Shift to Renewable Energy
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The U.S. coal power plant fleet has been shrinking for years, with the official tally of coal plants closed exceeding those still open as of late last year. Another 43 gigawatts, or about 18 percent of the remaining 249 gigawatts of capacity, is expected to close by 2030. Absent “market interventions at a grand scale” — such as the Trump administration’s plan to force utilities to buy uncompetitive coal-fired power under the mandate of national security — the same trends are accelerating beyond current estimates, and could lead to the country’s coal fleet being nearly halved again by 2030. These are some of the conclusions of a note released this week by the research firm Rhodium Group. According to its analysis, while “the Department of Energy contemplates action to prop up ailing coal and nuclear plants, low natural gas prices and cheap renewables have the potential to drive far more coal off the grid.” Rhodium Group’s new projections, based on data collected for its Taking Stock 2018 report released in June, use a range of scenarios to project both retirements of coal capacity and reductions in total electricity generated by coal.Under the “most favorable market dynamics for coal “we project at least 71 [gigawatts] of retirements by 2030, roughly 65% more than currently planned,” the firm wrote. That’s a higher rate of retirement than the 65 gigawatts by 2030 projected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s reference case. And it would require natural gas prices rising to $4 per one million British Thermal Units (MMBtu), along with more rapid than expected economic growth.Under the Rhodium Group’s “central” scenario, coal retirements reach 92 gigawatts by 2030, with generation falling nearly as much as capacity. “The cliff for coal gets much more treacherous if renewable energy costs decline moderately and natural gas prices are in the $3/MMBtu range,” it notes.“Stopping or slowing the next wave of retirements would require market interventions at a grand scale — with costs and market distortions that may make such actions a hard sell,” the firm wrote. More: Report: Cheap Natural Gas and Renewables Could Close Half of U.S. Coal Fleet by 2030 Rhodium Group: More coal plant retirements looming
Everyone’s favorite temporary radical community is back for another go as Burning Man 2014, put on by Black Rock City LLC, shakes Nevada’s Black Rock Desert this week. Participants gather annually before Labor Day to create a “metropolis dedicated to community, art, self expression and self reliance,” and leave the area seven days later just as empty as they found it. Check out some videos from this and last year’s event to get a taste of what’s happening right now!
It’s all over the news, from Rock and Ice to the New York Times – as of January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson have officially completed their revolutionary free ascent of the Dawn Wall. 3000 feet, 32 pitches (seven of which are designated 5.14, the current highest rating in the climbing world), and 19 days made this trip to the summit the most difficult (and successful) rock climbing feat around the globe.The process has been years in the making, starting in 2007 when the two first began to outline the idea. This week, take a look at the journey that the Dawn Wall has inspired in Caldwell and Jorgeson. First, Caldwell shares some of his preparations for the Dawn Wall ascent. The second video shows a portion of the video diary that Caldwell and Jorgeson kept during their climb. Finally, learn a bit more about the climb as the third video breaks the Dawn Wall down into some pretty shocking numbers.
Fayetteville, WV, is a launchpad for some of the best fall adventures on the East Coast.Tucked beside the vast Southern WV National Parks along the New River Gorge, this adventure epicenter is surrounded by world-class climbing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and more.And when the fall color gets the most bold and vibrant, so does the adventure scene.Explore the 3 most unique highlights of the season with a trip to Fayetteville:1. Paddling a World Top 10 RiverThe Gauley River is world-famous for its big whitewater waves, but you have to catch it now. The water is usually only high enough for rafting during dam releases in September and October. Its legendary, one-of-a-kind “Big 5” rapids include the “best 10 seconds of whitewater” and a 14-foot waterfall.If you go: A trip with a professional whitewater guide will help less experienced paddlers enjoy these wild waves safely. Start with a ride on on the nearby Lower New River to learn the basics. (You might want to reserve a cabin with a hot tub to relax afterward, too!)Learn more about a Gauley River Trip.2. The Largest Sports Festival of Its KindThe 3rd Saturday each October, the New River Gorge becomes one of only a handful places you can BASE jump in the world. 400 parachuters head to the event to leap 876 feet off the bridge into the gorge below, and more than 80,000 spectators watch the show.There’s more to see: rappellers lower themselves into the gorge, skydivers perform stunts overhead, rafters ride the whitewater below and more.If you go: Browse the vendors and artisans at the festival. If you’re inspired to get into the adventure, take the highline, or walk the catwalk under the bridge. Want to jump? You might be lucky enough to score one of the limited number of tandem leaps.Learn more about Bridge Day. 3. The Mountain State’s Most Scenic OverviewsThere’s nothing quite as vibrant as the fall mountains on fire with color. Take a hike along the ridges of the canyon. The Endless Wall Trail was named the #1 National Park hike by USA Today, and Long Point trail will lead you out to some stunning scenic views. For a more relaxing overview, ride the aerial trams over Hawk’s Nest State Park.For a unique thrill, nothing can take you higher than a plane. Skydiving will send you sailing smoothly over the mountainscapes, and Wild Blue Adventure Company has a more playful option: a WWII biplane stunt ride.If you go: Be sure to ask around town for more to see. The locals know all sorts of secluded spots to explore, and are eager to share.Fall’s Finest Mountain FunAdventure isn’t Fayetteville’s only fall feature. Round out your road trip with pumpkin patches, scenic drives, train rides and more.Here are all the top fall highlights around Fayetteville, and across West Virginia to explore along the way:Explore all of WV’s Fall Best.
Two new greenway projects coming to Asheville, NC NC daily air quality forecasts will now include ozone forecasts In a release, the DEQ says that the new process will continue to monitor and forecast ozone and particulate matter via the air quality index, along with the corresponding AQI color codes to help North Carolinians plan their outdoor activities. From March through October, the North Carolina Division of Air Quality will release daily air quality forecasts. For the first time ever, these forecasts will also include ozone forecasts for nearly all counties in North Carolina. The Asheville City Council approved two new 2020 greenway projects at their most recent council meeting. In a release, the city says the first is a project called Elsie’s Bridge Greenway Connector, which will repurpose a former bridge to connect Depot Street to Ralph Street. It includes construction of a concrete trail path, connecting sidewalk, refurbishment of the bridge surface and installation of a handrail. Property near the bridge will also be turned into a community garden. The second approved project is the Reed Creek Greenway Extension. The extension will run behind a mixed-use building in the West Chestnut Street Bridge area south to Elizabeth Street. Both projects should be completed this year. American physical activity rates increase after years of stagnancy After years of stagnant activity rates, three million more Americans took part in some sport or fitness activity in 2019, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) announced in a release. Their report found that fitness, outdoor activities and team sports showed the most growth. The report also found large disparities among those who are physically active. Households in income brackets of $49,999 and below reported being significantly more inactive than those with incomes of $50,000 or above. “As a nation, we have a special responsibility to ensure that access to sport and fitness is open to all, without regard to one’s income,” said SFIA President and CEO Tom Cove.
By Dialogo April 05, 2011 I want be a part of the Army’s National Taekwondo Team. My name is Imar. I’m in the Cartagena Battalion BAFIM2. I want to be a part of the Army’s Taekwondo team. My name is Imar. I’m in the Cartagena Battalion BAFIM2. All-Army taekwondo athletes captured eight of ten weight classes contested at the Armed Forces/CISM Taekwondo Qualifier at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA. One Marine and one Air Force athlete won the two other weight classes at the event. The first-place finisher in each weight class qualified for the 2011 USA Taekwondo Senior National Championships to be conducted in early July in San Jose, Calif. The Armed Forces event was also used to select the team to participate in the 20th CISM (World Military) Taekwondo Championship that will be conducted mid-July at the 5th Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A highlight of the vessel’s characteristics is a deployable ramp at the stern, enabling the rapid launch of a small boat in support of operations in the fight against drug trafficking, saving human lives at sea, and protecting the environment. At the prow, the vessel will have a naval gun for surface fire support. The National Navy has seven coastal patrol boats, three of them in the jurisdiction of the Caribbean Naval Force and the other four in the jurisdiction of the Pacific Naval Force, with the “ARC 11 de Noviembre” being the first of the CPV 40 class. In a voyage that will last forty-two days, the “ARC 11 de Noviembre” will visit the ports of Lisbon in Portugal, Mindelo in Cape Verde, Fortaleza and Belem in Brazil, and Bridgetown in Barbados, before arriving at the Colombian port of Cartagena de Indias. The chief mission of this unit, which is expected to arrive in a Colombian port on 20 June, will be to carry out maritime interdiction operations and guarantee adequate coverage of the Caribbean coastline and the island area of the Department of San Andrés, including Providencia Island, Santa Catalina Island, and the other islands that make up the San Andrés Archipelago. By Dialogo May 12, 2011 The ARC 11 de Noviembre, the National Navy’s new coastal patrol boat, which will reinforce maritime interdiction and search-and-rescue operations in the Colombian Caribbean, has left the port of Berne, Germany. This is the National Navy’s first patrol boat of the CPV (Coastal Patrol Vessel) 40 class, with a length of 40 meters, a beam of 7.56 meters, a displacement of 245 tons, and a range of two thousand nautical miles and fifteen days sailing, with twenty-four men on board. The machine room, for its part, has a control system operated from the bridge, enabling greater control of the equipment. The naming ceremony for the “ARC 11 de Noviembre”, which will carry the number 145 on its hull, will be held as part of the celebration of the National Navy’s 188th anniversary, to be commemorated on 24 July. Construction began in Germany approximately a year ago on this coastal patrol boat, which will be named the “ARC 11 de Noviembre” in honor of the date on which independence was proclaimed in the city of Cartagena, 11 November.
By Dialogo August 29, 2012 The national anthem and the green and yellow flag took over the city of Lausanne, Switzerland, on August 25. For the first time, Brazil was on top of the podium in the female, male, and mixed teams’ modalities in the Triathlon World Championship (swimming, cycling, and running). The Brazilian athletes qualified in all five categories of the competition, bringing home three gold medals, one silver and one bronze. The positive outcome, according to the chief of the Brazilian delegation, Colonel Mario Felizardo Medina, surprised the competitors, who placed the Chinese, French, and Polish delegates as favorites. “The strategy used in the competition was very important, and also the job well done by the team”, he stated. According to the colonel, in addition to their opponents, the Brazilian athletes faced difficulties with the time difference (five hours ahead of their capital, Brasília), the food, and the fact that they had arrived to the European country the day before the competition. Once more, the female participation stood out among the Brazilian military athletes. The winner of one of the gold medals was 24-year-old Sergeant Pâmella Nascimento de Oliveira, from Rio Grande do Sul. The athlete is now the world military champion. She recently participated in the 2012 London Olympic Games, and also won the bronze medal in the Pan-American Games last year. Another Army officer, 26-year-old Sergeant Reinaldo Colucci, from São Paulo, won a gold medal for the Brazilian team in the individual modality. He is the current Pan-American Triathlon champion. He gained the lead during the running portion of the last competition, guaranteeing the medal. In his personal website he said he was “very happy and proud to see the Brazilian flag at the top.” The mixed team won the third gold medal. The results gave Brazil first place on the podium. The Brazilian military also won a silver medal for the male team, for which the teamwork of Army sergeants Reinaldo Colucci, Marcus Fernandes, Bruno Matheus, Wesley Matos, as well as that of Major Kelmerson Buck, and Capitan Diefferson Felix prevailed. The female team won the bronze, with Army sergeants Pâmella Oliveira, Flávia Fernandes, and Vanessa Gianinni; and sailors Carolina Furriela, Fernanda Garcia, and Carolina Menezes. The Military Triathlon World Championship, organized by the Swiss Army this year, brought together approximately 120 athletes from 18 countries. The Army Sports Committee trained the Brazilian team in Rio de Janeiro. The victory, according to Col. Medina, the next step is the 2015 Military World Games delegation, in South Korea. “This is our main goal from now on”, he said.