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Editorial: The case for a sensible carbon tax

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Los Angeles Times:Exxon Mobil made a bit of a splash Tuesday when it announced a $1-million, two-year donation to the Republican-led Americans for Carbon Dividends, an organization pushing for a national tax to help curtail emissions of atmosphere-warming carbon. A carbon tax is aimed at making the burning of fossil fuels — which releases carbon — more expensive, and thus directing consumer behavior away from carbon-spewing energy and driving investment toward carbon-free alternatives. It’s a sound approach, one this page endorsed more than a decade ago, and better than the related cap-and-trade plans, which California has used since 2012.But the plan that Exxon Mobil is throwing its money at — pocket change, really, for a corporation that made nearly $20 billion last year — is less than it seems. Called the Baker-Schultz plan after two of its authors, former Republican secretaries of State James A. Baker III and George P. Schultz, the plan calls for gradually increasing the per-ton carbon tax to reduce the risk of market shock, and for returning the proceeds to consumers on a per-capita basis through the Social Security Administration. Everyone gets the same amount of cash, but those who use less carbon-emitting energy will pay less tax — giving them a powerful incentive to conserve. So far, all good. And a set rate helps companies better anticipate their costs; businesses like stability and predictability.But there’s always a but, it seems. The Baker-Schultz plan also includes a waiver that would let oil companies and other emitters off the hook for past acts contributing to global warming, preempting the many lawsuits filed against them. And it would undo the Clean Power Plan and other federal regulations covering carbon dioxide emissions. That makes this sound less like a smart plan to reduce carbon than a toxic quid pro quo — “OK, we’ll go for a carbon tax if these lawsuits go away and we get sharper deregulation.” Another plan, pushed by the Citizens Climate Lobby and other groups, would similarly escalate the per-ton tax over time and return the proceeds in a per-capita dividend, without the corporate giveaways. That’s a better option.Los Angeles Times: A carbon tax is a good idea — so long as it doesn’t come with industry handouts Editorial: The case for a sensible carbon taxlast_img read more

48 Hours in Buchanan, Virginia

first_imgBuchanan is situated halfway between Lexington and Roanoke, Virginia. This small town sits at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 4 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway (mile marker 90.9). While Buchanan is known for civil war history, its location makes it a prime stopover for outdoor enthusiasts. With the James River close to downtown, the Jefferson National Forest at its back door and the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Peaks of Otter just a stones throw away, there’s plenty of adventure to be had in, and around, Buchanan. Day OneYou can’t come to Buchanan without experiencing the James River and the best way to do this is by canoe, kayak or a slow drift in a tube. If you’re bringing your own canoe there are five boat launches close by to access the river. Buchanan’s downtown launch provides an information kiosk with a map of the river and access points. They also provide loaner life jackets near the kiosk.Twin River OutfittersTwin River Outfitters offers a large fleet of canoe, kayak, and tube rentals for river trips along the Upper James. You’ll enjoy the beauty of the river as it meanders its way through the Appalachian Mountains. They offer day trips and multi-day trips with stopovers at riverfront campgrounds. Add your fishing gear and take advantage of some great small mouth bass fishing. Pick up all your fishing supplies and live bait, just up the street at H and H Outdoors. Twin River Outfitters is located riverfront in downtown Buchanan. Reservations are required and can be made at their website,  The business operates from April until October.Fly Fishing – Arcadia Arcadia is located on the outskirts of town, in the Jefferson National Forest.  Three mountain streams make up this area; Jennings Creek, Middle Creek and North Creek. There are daily creel limits and bait restrictions for all three creeks.Peace and solitude sum up a day of fly fishing in these pristine trout waters. Add the Brook, Rainbow and Brown Trout stocked throughout the year and you’ve got some of the best trout waters in the state. There’s also a special regulation area further up North Creek, offering some good wild Brook and Rainbow trout opportunities (catch and release only). This and more information can be found on the information kiosk, located just ¼ mile past the sign marking the entrance to the Jefferson National Forest. License Requirements: State Fresh Water License, Trout License (only needed Oct 15 – June 15), and a National Forest PermitDay TwoHike Apple Orchard FallsStrap up your boots for this scenic hike through the Jefferson National Forest. This 5.6 mile loop trail will take you along cold mountain streams and across rocky mountain paths to a beautiful waterfall. The hike has a difficulty rating of moderate. If you want to vamp it up a bit, continue a couple miles past the falls, to the Blue Ridge Parkway and change the rating to hard. There are lots of places to stop for a break to enjoy the water and eat. Camping is also permitted if you wanted to make this a multi-day excursion. More informationApple Orchard Fall courtesy CrozetRunning.comHike Virginia’s Triple CrownNeed more of a challenge? Hike along the Appalachian Trail for what is known as the Triple Crown; Tinker Cliffs, McAfee Knob and Dragon’s Tooth. Each section can be completed separately or in one multi-day hike. This can also be turned into a 40 mile loop hike for those seeking a real challenge. Each hike has its own amazing features. All three include magnificent vistas and great photo opportunities. Camping isn’t permitted at the summits, however there are four primitive camping shelters along the trails that are available; Campbell, Catawba Mountain, Johns Spring and Lamberts Meadow. Check out this site for more information, Triple Crown.   What to EatBuchanan Fountain & Grille: Step back in time in this 50’s style soda fountain right on Main Street Buchanan. You can’t go wrong with a burger and a milk shake from Ransoms Grill. More infoSwinging Bridge Café: In the mood for a taco salad, pizza or ice cream? Try the Swinging Bridge Café on Main Street. More info Brink of the James Bistro: Looking for a place to grab a beer after a long day of hiking? Check out the Brink of the James Bistro on Main Street. More infoFoot of the Mountain Cafe: Enjoy good food as you enjoy the mountain views. This quaint restaurant is located just outside of Buchanan near the Jefferson National Forest. More infoWhere to StayThe Railcar Inn: Railcar Inn boasts, “A vintage 1934 Hiawatha Dining Car houses this one of a kind inn. The car is richly appointed with fine furnishings and inlaid woods shined to a soft patina and harkens to the era when a journey was more than just a means to get from place to place, but an event to be savored by those fortunate enough to travel in first class luxury.” More infoWattstull Inn: Enjoy amazing mountain views from your room at Wattstull Inn. They also offer kayak rentals and float and stay packages. More infoThe James River House: Located on Main Street, the James River House puts you within walking distance to the river, antique stores and dining. More infoCampingMiddle Creek Campground: A privately owned campground just on the outskirts of Buchanan that offers electric and water hook ups, camp store and a swimming pool. More infoNorth Creek Campground: This small primitive campground is located on North Creek in the Jefferson National Forest. It’s operated by the forestry department and reservations can be made at More infolast_img read more


first_img January 15, 2003 Errata Errata I t has been brought to the News’ attention that in The Florida Bar Foundation 2001/2002 Annual Report, which was inserted into the December 15 News, there was an unintentional error on the Fellows Program page. Irving Cypen was listed as deceased when in fact he is alive and well and practicing in Miami Beach. The Foundation offered its “most sincere apologies” for this mistake.last_img

Visund Nord IOR Online for Equinor

first_imgEquinor-operated Visund Nord improved oil recovery (IOR) project came on stream two months ahead of schedule.The project has further been delivered with no serious HSE incidents and well below budget, Equinor noted.“It took 21 months from the licence partners chose the concept until production started. This is a new fast-track record for Equinor,” says Torger Rød, senior vice president for project development in Equinor.Visund Nord IOR is a subsea development with two new wells in a new subsea template, which is tied back to an existing template on Visund. The oil is piped via the existing template to the Visund platform.The project provides 13.3 million new barrels of oil to the Visund field, 6% more than originally estimated. When the investment decision was made the costs were estimated at NOK 1.5 billion. During the execution phase they were reduced to NOK 1.3 billion.“We are delivering well within the downward adjusted budget. The project has a competitive break-even price and will be profitable even with an oil price well below the current level,” says project director Tone Kristin Børslid.Visund Nord IOR is a fast-track development focusing on simplification, standardisation and continous improvement throughout the project phase:“We are utilising the existing infrastructure effectively as we are routing the oil via the Visund C template which is located 70 metres away. The new template is a copy of this template. We have achieved synergies with other projects and we have even had good weather during the installations, ” she says.She further underlines that they have never compromised on safety, which is confirmed by the HSE statistics.TechnipFMC, who also delivered Visund C, has been responsible for everything on the seabed through the EPCI contract, implying that the company has been in charge of engineering, procurement, construction and installation. The two wells were drilled by Odfjell Drilling’s Deepsea Atlantic drilling rig.The project has now been handed over to the operations unit, providing 13.3 million new barrels of oil that will be produced via a field that will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year:“Contributing strongly to the Visund field production, Visund Nord IOR is an example of the type of projects that will be more common on the Norwegian continental shelf in the future: Smaller developments tied back to existing infrastructure. This will allow us to develop new discoveries at a lower cost, ensuring both longer field life and jobs on existing fields,” says Gunnar Nakken, senior vice president for operations west in Equinor.The Visund licence partners are: Equinor Energy A/S (operator) 53.2%, Petoro A/S 30%, ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS 9.1% and Repsol Norge A/S 7.7%.last_img read more

Liza Destiny FPSO reaches Guyana

first_imgThe Liza Destiny FPSO has reached Guyanese waters 42 days after it set sail from a shipyard in Singapore.Liza Destiny FPSO reaching Guyana / Image Source: Hess CorporationThe news of the FPSO arriving in Guyana has been confirmed by Hess Corp, a partner in the ExxonMobil operated Stabroek block, where the Liza Destiny will now be moored.Able to produce up to 120,000 barrels a day, the Liza Destiny will be used by ExxonMobil to for the development of the first phase of the Liza offshore oil field.“After clearing customs, hookup and installation of the Liza Destiny FPSO will begin,” Hess said Thursday.The Liza Phase 1 development is on track for startup by the first quarter of 2020, which will make Guyana an oil-producing nation.ExxonMobil’s Liza field sits in the giant Stabroek block, which covers almost 27,000 square kilometers, circa 200 kilometers offshore Guyana and where ExxonMobil has struck more than a dozen oil discoveries which are yet to be developed, meaning a couple of more FPSOs should be deployed in Guyana in the upcoming years.The Liza FPSO, converted from a VLCC by Keppel, will be spread moored in a water depth of 1,525 meters and will be able to store 1.6 million barrels of crude oil.Liza Destiny, Guyana’s first oil production vessel, has arrived at the Stabroek Block after traveling 42 days. This vessel is a significant component of the Liza Phase 1 development, which will produce up to 120,000 gross barrels of oil per day.— Hess Corporation (@HessCorporation) August 29, 2019Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Liverpool show interest in €100m Benfica striker as Klopp seeks more goals

first_img As such, the Reds are scouring Europe in a bid to find a suitable candidate and O Jogo [via Sport Witness] claims Liverpool have a rising interest in 6ft 3in striker Carlos Vinicius, who only joined the club last summer. The 24-year-old caught the eye in front of watching Liverpool scouts at the weekend, scoring twice as his side suffered a 3-2 defeat to title rivals Porto – a match in which Manchester United scouts were also in attendance to take in a trio of potential targets. That took the striker’s tally for the season to 13 goals in 19 appearances, justifying the €100m exit clause Benfica stuck in his contract when bringing him in in a €17m deal from Napoli last summer. That form has seen the player tipped for a call-up to the Brazil national side, with the striker contracted to the reigning Portuguese champions until summer 2024. Read Also:€60m man on Liverpool radar, as Klopp plots double swoop in summer In other Liverpool news, Klopp could free up some transfer funds by allowing one loan star to move on this summer in a potential £30million deal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Plans are already well underfoot for the summer transfer window at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp and Co plot for what we can all assume will be their Premier League title defence. Reports in Monday’s papers claims Klopp could sanction the departure of Roberto Firmino for £75m after seemingly agreeing a deal to sign a £51m replacement. But the biggest incoming this summer could be rising star Kai Havertz, with a report claiming that the 20-year-old has emerged as the No 1 target for the Reds this summer and that Liverpool were prepared to spend a club-record fee to land their man. However, amid claims that Roberto Firmino could be allowed to move back to the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich reportedly keen on a £75m swoop, it’s believed Klopp wants to bolster his squad with another attacking threat, most likely to come off the bench.Advertisement Liverpool are keeping a close watch on Carlos Vinicius and are growing increasingly interested in signing the Benfica striker, according to reports in the Portuguese media. Promoted ContentNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

‘Pusher’ falls in drug sting

first_imgThe 34-year-old resident Philip AndreyAnlap was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Block 17, Mandurriaodistrict. When frisked, Anlap yielded six moresachets of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia, police said. ILOILO City – He allegedly soldillegal drugs. Anlap, a “street-level” target, wasnabbed after he allegedly sold a sachet of illegal drugs to an undercoverofficer for P1,100 around 9 p.m. on Friday. center_img Anlap was detained in the lockup cellof the Mandurriao police station. Charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed againsthim./PNlast_img

IATF allows motorcycle backriding for couples

first_imgSince March, local officials have been urging policy makers on COVID-19 response to reconsider its no back-riding policy, which they enforced to keep people away from the virus. “Maganda ito sapagkat talagang protektado ‘yung passenger pero s’yempre kailangan dito ang pag-iingat sa pagda-drive. Dapat susunod talaga tayo sa speed limit at saka kakaibang panahon ito, nabago natin configuration ng motorsiklo dapat dobleng pag-iingat sa pagda-drive,” he added. However, there should be a protective shield between the two riders, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque pointed out, citing the prototype plastic shield proposed by Gov. Arthur Yap of Bohol. MANILA – Starting today, backriding or pillion riding on motorcycles for couples who are living together has been allowed by the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). The task force has previously rejected the requests, citing issues on safety and enforcement./PN For his part, Interior secretary Eduardo Año said backriding for couples will be implemented nationwide in areas under modified general community quarantine and general community quarantine.center_img “Dapat may barrier in between the rider and the passenger para hindi magkaraoon ng hawaan ng COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). I a-approve din naman kaagad ‘yan ng technical working group,” Ano said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo. “Pwede na pero kailangan ang mag-asawa na sumunod sa minimum public health standards,” Roque said Thursday. Año added that the protective shield should cover past the head and there should also be handles attached to its poles. Both passenger and the rider should still wear face masks and helmets. According to Roque, the backriding cohabiting couples should also show proof like identification cards and a photocopy of marriage certificate.last_img read more

BCB congratulates new leadership of CWI.

first_img—issues invitation for Skerritt and Shallow to visit the Ancient CountyTHE President and executive members of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) would like to express our heartfelt congratulation to Ricky Skerrit on his election as President of the West Indies Cricket Board.We would like to congratulate newly elected Vice-President Dr. Kishore Shallow and it is our hope that their election would be the start of a new era in West Indies Cricket where the development of cricket is the main objective.The BCB stands ready to work along with every elected cricket officials whose mission is to make sure that cricket is always put first.We are very confident that Mr. Skerrit would not only be a fair, inspirational leader, but that he would spearhead a revival of cricket in the Caribbean.For too long, cricket in Guyana has been administered by an unelected executives who seemed more interested in staying in power than in the development of the game in every county.We at the BCB have not received a cent of funds from the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) for over a decade, and every effort has been made to stop the progress of Berbice Cricket while we have also been denied the opportunity to see our stars playing at home.Over the last fourteen months, we have witnessed the unbelievable scene of the GCB operating an unofficial office of the Berbice Cricket Board with a full-time staff who does nothing but pass on email messages from the Guyana Cricket Board to the President of the Berbice Cricket Board.The BCB will shortly take legal action to stop this profound nonsense as we did not authorise any person to act on our behalf.We remain committed to working with all cricket stakeholders and would like to publicly invite Mr. Skerrit and Dr. Shallow to visit the Ancient County.Berbice Cricket is currently undergoing a remarkable period of development due to hard work, transparency, visionary leadership and a culture of cohesion between the Berbice Cricket Board and all stakeholders. We look forward to discussing ideas with the new CWI bosses as we strive to return West Indies Cricket to the successes of the Frank Worrel, Clive Lloyd and Vivian Richards era.Congrats and May God bless West Indies Cricket under its new leadership.last_img read more

Wimbledon to give out £10M prize money for 2020 Championships

first_imgWIMBLEDON will distribute £10M of prize money to the 620 players who would have taken part in the 2020 Championships.The Grand Slam event was cancelled for the first time since 1945 because of the coronavirus pandemic.Singles players who would have been in the main draw will be given £25 000, with qualifiers, doubles and wheelchair players also each receiving money.“We know these months of uncertainty have been very worrying,” Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis said.“Many players have faced financial difficulty during this period and who would have quite rightly anticipated the opportunity to earn prize money at Wimbledon based on their world ranking.”The All England Club had taken out insurance policies which allowed them to refund ticket holders, broadcast partners and sponsors in the event of a pandemic.Players will receive one payment each and the money, which comes as a result of insurance cover for cancelation, will be distributed as follows:    £25 000 for the 256 players in the singles main draws    £12 500 for the 224 players in singles qualifying    £6 250 for the 120 players in main draw doubles    £6 000 for the 16 players in the wheelchair events    £5 000 for four players in the quad wheelchair eventsFollowing the cancellation of the Championships, the All England Club donated £1.2M to help a range of charities and organisations supporting vulnerable people during the pandemic.It also made contributions to NHS Charities Together, St John Ambulance and the relief programme created to help lower-ranked players struggling without an income.Meanwhile, Wimbledon has also announced a change to the men’s seedings from 2021, while there will not be a public ballot for tickets next year.The seedings will follow the ATP rankings, instead of a formula which took previous grass-court results into account.The ballot will not be held after this year’s ticket-holders were given assurance they could buy the same tickets for next year’s tournament. (BBC Sport)last_img read more