Wind and Solar Are On a Short Leash

first_imgIncentives will help solve the climate crisisFirst and foremost, we need these energy sources to solve the climate crisis. Scientists are clear that we must make drastic cuts in pollution and get off fossil fuels to avoid the temperature increases that will wreak havoc on our climate.Our research shows that by 2030 we could quite easily get 10% of our power from the sun and 30% from the wind. Researchers at Stanford University have published a series of studies showing the path to 100% clean energy, and wind and solar are central. Rob Sargent is the energy program director for Environment America. This post originally appeared at The Huffington Post. A finance package extending tax credits for wind power to the end of next year, recently approved by a key U.S. Senate panel, has been hailed as progress for clean energy, and it is. But here at Environment America, we’re containing our enthusiasm.According to the finance deal adopted in committee, the Production Tax Credit for onshore wind and the Wind Investment Tax Credit for offshore wind will be reinstated retroactively to the start of 2015 and expire in 2016. The bill doesn’t address the Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit, which primarily benefits solar energy and is currently in effect; it will expire at the end of 2016.The bottom line: even if these tax credit extensions quickly become the law of the land, solar and wind power will still be on a mighty short leash. Incentives for both pollution-free resources will dry up in 18 short months, while billions of dollars of fossil fuel subsidies remain embedded in our tax code. Investors need long-term stabilityLenders and investors need long-term certainty. Eighteen months is certainly better than nothing, but it won’t really do for a lender making loans to energy investors over 10 years or more. In the same way that steady employment qualifies you for a lower interest rate on your home mortgage, the certainty of tax credits for the long term qualifies energy investors for lower interest rates, bringing down their capital costs.Eighteen months is a start, and we’re encouraged by the bipartisan support in the Senate for moving forward. But ultimately, Congress should approve long-term clean energy incentives to ensure the sustained growth in solar and wind power that the American people deserve, and that the climate crisis demands. Dirty energy is artificially cheaperIn most electricity markets in America, dirty energy sources are still artificially cheaper than the clean ones. That’s in part because state and federal governments give away roughly $20 billion every year in cash subsidies and tax breaks to oil, coal, and gas companies; they’ve done it for more than a century.It’s in part because cheap dirty energy doesn’t reflect its true cost. The health costs associated with air pollution and the costs of extreme weather events associated with climate change are born by society as a whole, and by our children and grandchildren.center_img Why do wind and solar power need long-term tax incentives? RELATED ARTICLES Lawmaker Seeks to Extend the Investment Tax CreditEnergy-Efficiency Tax Credits for 2014A Fight Ahead For Solar Equipment Tax CreditsEnergy Tax Credits and the Fiscal CliffTax Credits for Solar Energy SystemsDeciphering the Tax Credits Renewables are virtually free in the long termWhile wind and solar power have high — but declining — upfront costs, they are virtually free in the long term. The cost of these clean energy sources is almost entirely the upfront capital expense of building and installing turbines and panels to access free sun and wind.While these prices are falling sharply — solar dropped 35% from 2010 to 2013 — renewable energy investors still must make a sizable down payment before society reaps the benefits of low-cost clean power. That’s especially true of offshore wind, which holds enormous promise but hasn’t yet seen the price declines that come with widespread deployment.last_img read more

Yashwant Sinha continues his protest in Akola

first_imgFormer Union Finance Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yashwant Sinha continued his protest in support of farmers’ demands at a police ground in Akola district of Maharashtra on Tuesday.Mr. Sinha, who was detained by the police during a farmers’ protest march on Monday, was released by the police after a few hours. However, the BJP leader refused to leave the ground in front of the police headquarters in Akola and sat along with other protesting farmer leaders and farmers throughout Monday night and Tuesday.Disgruntled BJP MP Nana Patole and Independent MLA from Maharashtra Bachchu Kadu met Mr.Sinha at the police ground on Tuesday and offered him their support.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee also tweeted in support of Mr. Sinha. Ms.Bannerjee tweeted that she would send her party MP Dinesh Trivedi to Akola to meet Mr. Sinha.“Our aim is that the government should accept the demands of the farmers here,” Mr.Sinha told reporters in Akola. “There was a discussion [on the farmers’ demand with the administration] till late night yesterday [Monday]. But our demands were not accepted, which is why we are continuing our protest. The government and the administration don’t appear to be serious about the farmers’ cause.”The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) leader Ravikant Tupkar, who was also detained along with Mr.Sinha, said many political parties, including the Congress, the NCP, and the Shiv Sena, had offered their support to Mr. Sinha. Mr. Tupkar also claimed that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray spoke to Mr. Sinha over the phone.“This government is insensitive to farmers’ issues. We are not going to budge until they fulfil all our demands, no matter what the consequences,” Mr. Tupkar told The Hindu.Mr.Sinha, who had been publicly criticising the Narendra Modi government’s economic policies, claimed that many senior politicians had called him on Tuesday.The farmers’ demands include the purchase of some crops by the NAFED, assessment of farmers’ cotton crop loss due to bollworm and compensation and action against multinational companies for supplying defective seeds.last_img read more

Top Greek clubs threaten to withdraw from soccer league

first_imgThree of Greece’s top clubs have threatened to pull out of this season’s Super League in a dispute over refereeing selections, throwing the start of the new season into doubt.Panathinaikos, AEK Athens and PAOK Salonika all said they would refuse to take part because the Greek Football Federation (EPO) had compiled the list of referees for the season without consulting them or the league.Panathinaikos said in a statement that they would “refuse to participate in another championship scarred by dubious refereeing; under the current circumstances the championship cannot start.”AEK described the situation as “a criminal theatre of the absurd surrounding Greek football”.“It’s impossible for the championship to start and for us to participate in these conditions,” added PAOK, who also called onEPO president Giorgos Gkirtzikis to resign.The season is due to start on Aug. 20.In April, Greece came close to being suspended from international football after the government ordered the Greek Cup final to be canceled following crowd violence at a semi-final between PAOK and Olympiakos Piraeus.Global soccer body FIFA said the order infringed its statutes on the autonomy of national soccer federations, however an agreement was reached shortly before the April 15 deadline.Source: Reuters – kathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Police questioning two for securing officer shooting

first_img Police involved shooting in Lewis Yard, details scant Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 May 2015 – According to strong sources police have two people in custody, questioning them about the armed robbery and shooting at the ScotiaBank on Leeward Highway last week which left a Security Guard wounded. Police are tight lipped about the individuals being questioned but last week, one day after the shooting which turned into an exchange of gunfire between the assailants and the security officer, it was said that one person was already eyed as a person of interest in the crime. That Caribbean Security Services security guard had to drive himself to hospital, where he was treated for three gun shots. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Manhunt on for Kim’s Crescent killer, Bahamas police report two other shootings Related Items:caribbean security services, police, questioning, Scotia bank, shooting TCI Police Investigate shooting in Providenciales; two escape injurylast_img read more

DECRS Environment Stewardship Awards

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 2, 2017 – Providenciales – The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) is hosting the annual Environmental Stewardship Awards, on the 5th of June, 2017.   The award ceremony coincides with World Environment Day and World Oceans Day held on the 5th and 8th of June respectively.   DECR takes this opportunity every year to honour those individuals and organizations that have kindly contributed their time, to the DECR throughout the year, in order to promote conservation and an environmentally sustainable TCI.Minister Honourable Ralph Higgs stated;   “My Ministry is committed to strengthening environmental education and stewardship throughout the Islands. T  he award recipients have significantly contributed to the realization of this goal and have displayed exemplary commitment to stewardship and sustainability.   It is indeed a pleasure for us to pay special recognition to these individuals whose invaluable assistance to the Department has afforded us the opportunity to go beyond our expectations.   I would like to commend the recipients for their unwavering contribution and support and look forward to having more persons involved in the conservation of our environment in the upcoming years.”This year, a total of 36 recipients will be honoured at a ceremony to be held at the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources, Lower Bight Road, Providenciales.If you, your school or organization would like more information on how you can assist DECR in keeping the TCI Beautiful by Nature, or you would like to sign up as a Community Conservation Partner, please contact the Department’s Environment Outreach Coordinator, Amy Avenant, at 338-4176 or environment@gov.tc. Press Release: TCIG#DECRenvironmentalstewardshipawards photo credit: Beaches Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:#DECRenvironmentalstewardshipawardslast_img read more

People On the Move 9811

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal announces two changes to its staff: Justin Baer, former Wall Street correspondent for Financial Times as investing editor and Melissa Korn to cover business education. Korn comes from Dow Jones Newswires. Dow Jones Newswires welcomes Temma Ehrenfeld as news editor for wealth management. Ehrenfeld formerly worked as assistant editor at Newsweek and senior editor at Financial Planning.Zinio welcomes Virendra Vase to the executive management team as chief operating officer. Vase comes from a Salesforce.com company called Jigsaw. Nellie S. Huang joins Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as the new senior associate editor. Huang comes from The Wall Street Journal where she spent the last four years stationed in Hong Kong. At FITNESS, Andrea Rogan is named associate publisher. Before that Rogan was director at Meredith Corporate Sales. Future US announces Ursula Morgan’s promotion to vice president of Future Plus, the contract publishing division of Future US. TIME welcomes Nancy Gibbs as the new deputy managing editor.At Tablet Magazine, Bari Weiss joins as senior editor. Weiss comes from The Wall Street Journal as assistant editorial features editor. At The New York Times Magazine, Jonathan Kelly joins as a story editor for the front page. He comes from Bloomberg BusinessWeek, where he served as a senior editor. Salon.com names Jefferson Morley Washington editor. Morley was previously at the Washington Independent where he was a senior writer.Nicole Duran moves from senior reporter at The Deal to executive editor of National Journal Daily. Jim Romenesko is launching his own site, JimRomenesko.com and will be working part-time for Poynter as a media blogger and reporter. paidContent.org announces Jeff Roberts as staff writer. Roberts is set to tackle patents, copyright and other legal issues surrounding the development of online media. Joe Mullin, who was replaced by Roberts, joins the Investigative Reporting Program at US Berkeley School of Journalism as a reporter. Anya Strzemien joins Stylelist.com as HuffPost’s Style section editor-in-chief. Styelist.com in now included in The Huffington Post’s main website.HousingWire magazine announces Liz Enochs as senior editor. She comes from the San Francisco Daily Journal as an associate editor. She will be covering the housing and mortgage finance industries. King Fish Media announces Gordon Plutsky move from director of marketing research to chief marketing advisor. King Fish Media is the leading provider of custom integrated marketing solutions.last_img read more

Discussed Kashmir PM Modi says its under control Trump at G7 Summit

first_imgTrump had last week phoned up both Modi and Imran Khan on the Kashmir issue, after Pakistan went on the offensive over India ending the special status of Kashmir and bifurcating the state into two Union Territories – J&K and Ladakh.During the call, Modi had conveyed that “extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace”, in a reference to the Pakistani leadership’s anti-India venom over the Kashmir issue.The US has reaffirmed that there was no change in its Kashmir policy that it is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. US President Donald Trump meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.ReutersUS President Donald Trump on Monday said that he had discussed the Kashmir issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday night, and was told by Modi that the situation is under control.Addressing the media ahead of their 45-minute bilateral on the sidelines of the G7, Modi conveyed clearly that issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral in nature and there was no need for third party mediation, as both countries were capable of solving their problems together.To a question on Kashmir, Trump said: “Well, we spoke last night about Kashmir, and Prime Minister Modi feels that he has it under control; and now when they speak with Pakistan, I’m sure they will be able to do something. They will be able to do something probably very good.”Modi, asked a question on Kashmir, said: “India and Pakistan have several bilateral issues. And after the election of Prime Minister Imran Khan, I told him that both our countries have to fight against poverty, illiteracy, backwardness and both should work for the betterment of our people. And I have conveyed this to President Trump as well, and we keep discussing our bilateral issues.”He also made clear that “all issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral, and we can find solutions between ourselves through dialogue”.Ahead of their meeting, Trump had said on August 21 that he would discuss the Kashmir issue with “friend” Modi in Biarritz and do his best to mediate in the issue.Trump had told reporters in the White House: “Kashmir is a very complicated place. You have the Hindus, and you have the Muslims, and I wouldn’t say they get along so great. And that’s what you have right now.””And you have millions of people who want to be ruled by others, and maybe on both sides, and you have two countries that haven’t gotten along in a long time.”And frankly it’s a very explosive situation. I spoke to Prime Minister Khan, and yesterday I spoke to PM Modi; and they are both friends of mine, and they are great people, they’re great people. And they love their countries, and they are in a very tough situation.”Kashmir is a very tough situation, and this has been going on for decades, and decades; shooting, and I don’t mean shooting like shooting a rifle, but major shooting of howitzers, of heavy arms, and this has been going on for a long, long period of time.”But I get along really well with both of them. As you know, Prime Minister Khan was here just recently.”And I’m going to meet Prime Minister Modi, I will be with PM Modi over the weekend, in France.”And I think we’re helping the situation, but there’s tremendous problems between the two countries. And I will do the best I can to mediate or do something,” he said.last_img read more

Enemys enemy is my friend

first_imgOn the eve of the May 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections, Arun Jaitley shared his campaign experiences with some editors. When he attacked Mamata Bannerjee and the Left-Congress front in equal measure, the crowd’s response was tepid. When he attacked the Trinamool for 60 per cent of his speech, there was some applause. But when his speech was 75 per cent invective against the Trinamool, the applause was thunderous.The editor who passed on these “findings” to me was then a key figure in the Kolkata establishment. He was amplifying something he liked to believe. So opposed to Mamata was he that he claimed some credit for helping stitch together what was patently an absurd arrangement: The Congress and the CPI-M would hold hands in Bengal, but fight each other in Kerala. They were trounced.Jaitley’s unflattering report about Mamata’s electoral fortunes can be easily explained. His meetings, obviously organised by RSS cadres, consisted of crowds who were presumably anti-Mamata. His narrative also revealed that, in charting out a future in Bengal, the BJP saw Mamata as a much more formidable obstacle than the Congress-Left combine.That outcome is precisely what the BJP is up against, now that Amit Shah is preparing the turf for the 2019 elections.In this framework, how does the communal violence following Basirhat play itself out? First, it must be registered that there have been a dozen or so clashes in the state after Mamata’s re-election. It must be said to the credit of the CPI-M’s 36-year rule: Communal riots were almost non-existent. Some of what is happening now is clearly part of the BJP’s effort to create an atmosphere conducive to communal polarisation.It is difficult to see how the BJP can profit from efforts at Hindu consolidation in a state with anywhere between 30 to 35 percent Muslim population. In the absence of a reliable census, these are the figures most parties privately cite. Promoting communalism would leave this bloc vote consolidated exactly where it is: Behind Mamata.Considering that this very same vote stood four square behind the CPI-M for 34 years, mostly under the charismatic Chief Ministership of Jyoti Basu, its support for Mamata need not theoretically be seen as permanent.This probably is the desperate hope the CPI-M nurses. To enhance Mamata’s vulnerabilities it has thrown its lot with the BJP: An enemy’s enemy is my friend.Just as the self-defeating formula, CPI-M + Congress, for the May 2016 elections was credited to CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, the strategy of attacking the Trinamool just when it is in the RSS-BJP line of fire is widely believed to be the line enunciated by former party chief, Prakash Karat.Quite clearly the party has not yet digested the harsh reality that it was trounced by the Trinamool, that Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was West Bengal’s Gorbachev. In the rush to reform both had lost control.The Marxist government’s conflict with peasants in Nandigram in March 2007 set into motion a series of events which ultimately dethroned the CPI-M. Karat’s diagnosis was that the anger of Muslim peasants had been stoked by a combination of Jamiat, Trinamool and Naxalities.Muslim peasants fearful of losing their lands for a Special Economic Zone was the basis on which CPI-ML groups worked hard to mobilise a powerful movement. Jamiat may have played a role since the peasants were Muslim. The only party in the fray to take electoral advantage was the Trinamool.It was a masterstroke of political opportunism by Mamata. Having lost the 2006 assembly election, she turned her fortunes around using Singur and Nandigram as fulcrums.A leader’s political durability in Kolkata can sometimes be measured by political currents in neighbouring states — Tripura, for instance.Possibly inspired by Mamata’s rise, the president of the Congress in Tripura, Sudip Roy Burman, switched to the Trinamool.But when he saw the Modi wave sweeping across Uttar Pradesh and the TV channels, he turned up in Guwahati to promise support to the BJP’s Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.Now, Agartala is rife with rumours that six TMC MLAs are likely to join the BJP in the coming weeks. In other words, the BJP, which had no member in the assembly, will suddenly have six.Tripura has been under CPI-M rule for the past 32 years. But the anti-CPI-M vote mostly rallied around the Congress in the past. As elsewhere in the country (West Bengal too), the Congress has reduced itself to a virtual non-entity in the state. At the grassroots, this space is being occupied by the energetic BJP cadres. Taking a holistic view, these must be seen as some of the chinks in the Trinamool armour.last_img read more

Six fishermen rescued 25 still missing in Bay of Bengal

first_imgKakdwip/Kolkata: Six of the 31 fishermen, who had gone missing in the Bay of Bengal after venturing into deep waters despite weather warnings four days ago, were rescued on Monday but 25 are still untraced, officials said. Thirteen other fishermen on another boat, which had developed a snag and drifted into the Bangladesh waters due to inclement weather, were rescued by the coast guards of India and the neighbouring country in a coordinated operation on Saturday, a Defence official had said. With this, 49 fishermen have been rescued since Saturday, the officials said. The secretary of the fishermen’s association at Kakdwip, Nikon Maity, said six fishermen of FB Dashabhuja were rescued by fishermen in Haribhanga islet of Bangladesh and they were brought to Kakdwip on Monday morning. The missing fishermen had started from Namkhana in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on four trawlers – FB Nayan, FB Dashabhuja, FB Babaji and FB Joy Jogiraj – on Thursday, Maity said. Though FB Dashabhuja, FB Joyjogiraj and FB Babaji are feared to be submerged, 15 fishermen each from FB Joyjogiraj and FB Babaji have been rescued. The whereabouts of FB Nayan with 16 fishermen on board are still unknown. Nine fishermen from FB Dashabhuja are also missing, Maity said. After getting information about the missing fishermen by the West Bengal Fishermen Association, Sundarban Development Minister Manturam Pakhira had asked the South 24 Parganas district authorities to launch a search and rescue operation. All the missing fishermen were from Kakdwip area. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and its Bangladesh counterpart had rescued 13 crew members on board an Indian fishing boat amidst very rough sea conditions and inclement weather, the Defence official said Sunday. The 13 crew members of fishing boat ‘FB Tara Shankar’, which had ventured to the Bay of Bengal from Kakdwip, were rescued on Saturday amidst very rough sea conditions and inclement weather, the official said. The boat had developed a technical problem and on receiving the information, the ICG regional headquarters contacted the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) West Zone headquarter at Mongla. A Bangladesh Navy ship located the Indian boat with 13 crew on board near the Mongla Fairway Buoy in the evening on Saturday and rescued all the crew members on the boat. The Bangladesh Naval ship took the Indian disabled boat under tow and brought it to Pussur river mouth, which is approximately 60 nautical miles eastward of the Indo- Bangladesh maritime border, where 100 more Indian fishing boats were sighted. The disabled boat was handed over to one of the operational Indian boats for towing back to India. As the sea was rough, around 100 Indian fishing boats, including the disabled one under tow, were guided by the Bangladesh Naval ship for taking passage through the riverine/coastal route westward up to the Haribhanga river, the official said. The coast guards of India and Bangladesh have a memorandum of understanding (MoU) followed by a ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ for helping each other during such incidents and making waters of north Bay of Bengal safe, he added.last_img read more