ExxonMobil Guyana hosts safety management workshop for contractors

first_imgExxonMobil Guyana has reemphasised its commitment to a culture of safety by staging a related workshop for contractors on Thursday at the Guyana Marriott Hotel.Manager Rod Henson addressing participants at the workshopThe Contractor Safety Management Workshop focused on integrated planning, safe execution of work and safety leadership and workforce engagement.It was attended by key representatives of SBM Offshore; Saipem; TechnipFMC, Stena, Noble, Bristow; G-Boats; Seacor; Bourbon; Tidewater and Nalco.Addressing participants, Country Manager Rod Henson indicated that safety is a core value at all ExxonMobil operations and facilities. He noted the importance of demonstrating that oil and gas can bring benefits to Guyana in a safe and responsible manner.“We care not only about the business objectives that we have but how those objectives are obtained,” the Country Manager added. Henson believes it is critical that all stakeholders are aligned on the issue of safety. As such, the company continually engages its contractors in this regard.ExxonMobil Guyana aims to protect the safety of its employees, others involved in our operations, the public and the environment.last_img read more

Strolling down memory lane with ESPN

first_imgAnyway, it was fun traveling down memory lane with ESPN – Dwight Clark’s catch, Cal’s five-lateral play, Kirk Gibson’s homer, Cal Ripken’s iron-man bit, the Music City Miracle, etc. Stuart Scott even mixed in another “cool as the other side of the pillow” for the 30K show. We think it was the 30,000th time he’s blurted it. It was amusing about once. Now let’s get Grill-ing: We wanted to watch the Pro Bowl on Saturday, but never located it on our television in between chasing the 6-year-old son around. Although the Pro Bowl is pretty much a joke, it’s a good way to wean ourselves off of the NFL postseason. You have to wonder how many more Pro Bowls Peyton Manning will play in. He took his Super Bowl victory lap in Hawaii this year, but next year look for Manning to opt out and join Tom Brady at the AT&T in Pebble Beach and maybe for a few Irish Coffees at the Hogsbreath Inn afterward. … Glad to see the NFC’s Tony Romo didn’t flub any extra-point holds during Saturday’s game. … Headline in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Is Lefty ready to challenge Tiger’s dominance?” Uh, no. … The Grill toasts those seven San Gorgonio junior varsity basketball players who replaced the missing Spartan regulars on Friday night against Arroyo Valley and battled valiantly, if unsuccessfully. Seems like Wednesday against Murrieta Valley in the playoffs they’ll be doing it again. … The Grill also raises a glass to Redlands offensive lineman John Hughes, who has signed a Division II scholarship to Western Washington University and Silverado defensive lineman Joe Stevens, who has done the same to Portland State. … Said Redlands coach Jim Walker of Hughes: “I think Western Washington is getting a steal. He’s a throwback kind of kid who likes to get after it. He impressed a lot of guys on film. He’s sort of a tweener size, but people like him because of his heart and how hard he plays.” Speaking of signees, Redlands High School outfielder Matt Crigler has accepted a scholarship to Cal Baptist University in Riverside, Terriers coach Estevan Valencia said. … Calhisports.com has named Twentynine Palms’ Montreal Harris and Redlands East Valley’s Ronnie Fouch to its just-for-fun all-state football/basketball team. Harris made the second team and Fouch the third team. Harris, a star football wideout, averages 27 points per game in basketball. Fouch, the University of Washington-bound quarterback, is a 3-point ace for the Wildcats basketball team. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img We celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Monday at The Grill by watching ESPN SportsCenter’s 30,000th show. Back in 1979 we didn’t know what to make of ESPN, which seemed to struggle to fill its air time with things like Korean women’s volleyball. We didn’t think ESPN would last the year, much less 28 and counting. last_img read more


first_imgChaill an club ceann den gcuid sean imreoirí le gairid, bá é sin Seosaimh Ó Gallchóir nó Josie Gallagher as Srath Mairtín, Doirí Beaga. D’imir Josie formhór a chuid peil do na foirne faoi aois ag an am. Bhain sé Craobh na contae faoi 14 i 1967 agus d’imir faoi 16, Mionúr, agus Soisir don chlub.Déanann muid có-bhrón lena bhean Máire, deartháireacha Seamus, John, agus Neilly, agus a dheirfiúracha Sarah agus Bríd.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a Anam Uasal. Campí Samhraidh CLG Ghaoth Dobhair. Tá trí champa a reáchtáil ag Bord na nÓg i mbliana, 9ú-13ú Iúil 6-7bl d’aois; 16ú-20ú Iúil 8-9 bl d’aois agus 23ú-27ú Iúil 10-13bl d’aois. Beidh uasmhéid de 50 páiste ar gach campa. Eolas ó Breandán 087 2938230. GAA NEWS: GAOTH DOBHAIR CLUB NOTES was last modified: June 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAOTH DOBHAIR GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

The rock show

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – A T-shirt emblazoned with the Yosemite Mountaineering School’s slogan, “Go climb a rock” — a gift from a friend — inspired Cindy Shepherd of Newbury Park to try rock climbing. Now she’s honing her skills as a participant at the Go Climb a Rock program on the soaring granite walls of Yosemite Valley. The package combines lodging, food and a two-day climbing clinic. Climbing once was considered an alternative sport but, has it become more mainstream with the proliferation of indoor climbing gyms and climbing walls. According to Hope Wolf, a climbing guide at Yosemite, the increase in climbing facilities has motivated more people to try outdoor rock climbing. It’s important, she said, to learn the fundamentals before starting out on your own. Many people might think rock climbing takes a body builderesque upper body, but the key to successful climbing is the feet. The trick is to figure out where to put them. Wolf helps the students learn to keep the sticky rubber soles of their climbing shoes stuck to the rock. She tells them to maintain pressure on the rock by staying centered over their feet and not leaning too close to the rock in a “fear hug.” “Rock has a heart made of stone,” Wolf said. “When you hug the rock, you get rejected.” At first, climbers practice on a boulder without getting too high off the ground. Then it’s time to put on a climbing harness and go higher. The climbers are “free climbing,” which means they just use their hands and feet on the rock. They’re attached to a rope for protection only. New climbers can be nervous until they learn to trust the equipment. “Fear is healthy,” Wolf said. “It keeps you alive.” The guides at Yosemite help new climbers overcome their anxiety by teaching them proper safety procedures. “We don’t want you to get a nail-bent,” said Wolf, who double-checks every climber’s harness, no matter how many times the climber has gone climbing before. Many people take climbing classes to get over a fear of heights, said Dave Bengston, director of the Yosemite climbing school. Others take classes because they want to accompany friends or a spouse on climbs. Bengston calls climbing a team sport because a partner to needed to manage the rope while one climbs. Wolf doesn’t climb rocks just because they’re there. She loves the heightened perceptions she gets while climbing. She says the rock smells different in the sun than in the shade, and the click of a carabiner punctuates the sound of the wind through the trees. At the end of the second day of her latest climb, Shepherd reached the top of a climb called Bay Tree Flake with a stunning view of the Yosemite Valley floor and Half Dome in the distance. She was all smiles.— Bill Becher covers the outdoors for the Daily News. He can be reached at billbecher@yahoo.com CLIMB YOSEMITE For more information about Yosemite Go Climb a Rock adventure vacations, call (559) 253-5670. Upcoming dates: Sept. 18-21, 25-28 and Oct. 2-5. The cost is $469 plus tax per person and includes three nights’ lodging in a canvas tent at Curry Village, meals, and two days’ rock-climbing instruction. For more information on classes, call the Yosemite Mountaineering School at (209) 372-8344. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man-made nightmare

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Your editorial “Double-decked deceit” (Nov. 30) exposed the ugly truth about Caltrans’ transportation planning: California will not build new freeways and commuters will be forced to abandon their cars in favor of mass transit. That’s why when Caltrans held planning meetings for improvements to the 101 and 405 freeways, it invited homeowners and excluded commuters from participating in discussions. Gerald Silver, Richard Close and their groups have been used to justify Caltrans’ anti-car, “Small is Beautiful” policy of the Jerry Brown era. Meanwhile people’s personal lives are being destroyed and business is fleeing the region out of frustration over this purely man-made traffic nightmare. Sean McCarthy West Hills Bush’s marathon Re “No timeline for pullout, Bush says” (Dec. 1): Bush’s marathon of lies continues. Nice of us to start a civil war in Iraq and then finally come up with a plan to put this Humpty Dumpty country back together again. What Bush really needs to do is to tell us what he is doing to stop the real terrorists and not continue to justify his mistake in Iraq. If the people that planned and executed 9-11 were smart enough to learn to fly airliners, they were smart enough not to see Iraq as an arena to terrorize the U.S., as the liars in Washington want us to believe. Joel Gossman Los Angeles Steps to Iraq No one wants war but when the following occurs, what should the president do? In 1984 the U.N. confirms at least 10 times when Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against his own people. 1984-1990 – Saddam rules with an iron fist, killing any who stand against him. 1990 – Saddam invades Kuwait. He threatens the U.S. that if they attack, the “Mother of all Wars,” including chemical and biological weapons, will defeat the U.S. In 1991 Saddam takes 4,900 civilian hostage and uses 106 as human shields, 21 POWs abused and not returned until March 1991. Saddam uses SCUD missiles and threatens chemical warfare and orders his planes to Iran to avoid bombing. 1991-2003 – Saddam defies U.N. sanctions for 11 years. Saddam stops U.N. inspectors numerous times for weeks/months while probably hiding evidence. Misled or not, the facts are clear about why the war happened. Jeff Smith Lancaster Everyone knows Re “Arnold under pressure to reject clemency bid” (Nov. 30): Tookie Williams has been on Death Row for over 26 years, and the liberals want to keep him alive. I don’t think they would want to keep him alive, if he murdered one of their children. The court system is a circus, run by liberals, and the gang members know it. Kevin O’Connor Santa Barbara Nominating panel I’m sick of hearing about “Tookie” Williams the Nobel Peace Prize nominee. He was nominated by six members of the Swiss Parliament to “Call attention to the injustice of the death penalty.” and “This will help push the death penalty debate to a higher level.” Six guys from Switzerland. No Americans nominated the convicted back-shooter. Not Mike Farrell nor Snoop Dogg. Certainly not the families of the four people he murdered in cold blood. This newspaper’s last story on “Mr. Wonderful” started on Page 1 and ended fittingly on the obituary page where he should be on Dec. 14. Mitch Sternbach West Hills Pending deluge Re “Rep. Randy Cunningham pleads guilty” (Nov.39): If all the politicians in our nation were to break and cry tears of contrition for their corrupt misdeeds in office as Rep. Randy Cunningham has done, our nation would be awash in tears with a force far greater than the tsunami that took place in Sri Lanka several months back. The resultant loss of live would be horrific. Everett P. Harrington Glendale ‘Mr. Lockheed’ Re “Burbank Council may place art at Five Points corner,” Nov. 28): I worked with Kelly Johnson for eight years in the Skunk Works and he was the best of the best. He gave every worker freedom to come up with ideas to improve their jobs or the plane they were working on. He was “Mr. Lockheed.” I agree with Councilman Golonski: That would be a good place for him, for all to see and remember. Jerry Piro Sun Valley Unhinged Re “Don’t rule out terrorist torture” (Their Opinions, Nov. 25): The first time I ever heard the term “moral imbecile” was from Patrick McGoohan in his “Secret Agent” TV series. Years later I learned it actually had been created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author of the character named Tarzan, who was supposedly reared by animals. Now I read that my greatly admired Thomas Sowell believes that humane treatment should only be accorded those who accept the terms of the Geneva Convention. I had come to realize Sowell was so traumatized by Sept. 11 to the sad extent he supports the Iraq war. But how fear can unhinge such a brilliant mind to the point of moral imbecility is truly incomprehensible. Yes, there are actions that are absolutely, unquestionably, and categorically, off limits. Kathryn Durfee Agoura Same boat Re “Same intelligence” (Your Opinions, Nov. 25): Citizens who are desperately seeking evidence that their president is a wise man capable of making decisions that are in our best interest are in the same boat as senators and representatives who voted for the Iraq Resolution. They were presented with questionable information that promoted the case for starting an unjustified war, while real evidence to the contrary was hidden from sight. This is not the action of an administration that is worthy of our trust. Democrats who fell into line when Bush began his “if you’re not with me, you’re agin’ me” posturing are trying to distance themselves now that the war in Iraq has become a moral and financial disaster for America. Jennifer Rabuchin Burbank Profit factor We know that big business controls our politicians – be they in national or local government. The contributions run into the millions, thus they (through their lobbyists) have the say about laws, rules, politics, etc. That being the case, has anyone wondered whether Halliburton et al. want to end the war in Iraq? We know there is a strong White House connection to the oil industry, Halliburton, etc., all of whom are making multimillions off the Iraq situation. Frank Barron Van Nuys Smokeless living Re “Silver smoke screen” (Nov. 18): Aha, now if only the Smoke Free Movies Project would align itself with the Alliance for Protection from Secondhand Smoke in Apartments and Condominiums. Together they could push for DVD spots that depict, say, two apartment hunters conscientiously asking their prospective apartment manager, “Are there any nonsmokers living near this vacant one? We hear secondhand smoke can drift voluminously from unit to nearby unit and we don’t want to cause grief to nonsmoking neighbors.” Now wouldn’t that be nice? Harvey Pearson Los Feliz France in Dutch During the Industrial Revolution, millions of European immigrants came to the United States. However, if they applied for “clean” jobs with Irish, Italian, Russian or Jewish names, they were rejected. Many accepted the dirty jobs – coal mining, sweat shops, factory labor and fishing. For many ethnicities, it took two or more generations to acculturate and succeed. France opened its borders to former colonials and now has to deal with the poisoned fruit of xenophobia and racism. Maybe in two or three more generations, the immigrants will adapt. The alternative is continued chaos. Denmark has already imposed the strictist immigrant policy in Europe to forestall such events as those in France. Sol Taylor Sherman Oakslast_img read more

Larson Named Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week

first_imgSarah Larson, a senior from Watertown, S.D., has been named this week’s Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by Drake Graduate and Professional Programs. Larson and the women’s rowing team prepare for the 2017 MAAC Championship that will be held on May 12 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. Last year, the Bulldogs took third at the 2016 MAAC Championships and the winner of this year’s race will earn an automatic berth to the 2017 NCAA Championship taking place May 26-28. Academically, Larson holds a 3.56 grade point average and is majoring in biology. About Drake Graduate & Professional ProgramsDrake University offers graduate and professional programs in business, law, health care, leadership, education, public administration, counseling, executive education, and communication. At Drake, students discover proven outcomes, flexible scheduling for working professionals, and career advancement. Learn more about how Drake’s graduate and professional programs can take your career to the next level at www.drake.edu/graduate Print Friendly Version Larson, a member of the Drake women’s rowing team, was in the 2nd varsity 8+ boat that took second place this past weekend at the MACRA Championship on Lake Harsha in Ohio. The 2nd varsity 8+ boat came in behind Eastern Michigan with a time of 7:47.07.last_img read more

Stoke City v Chelsea line-ups: Mikel in for Lampard, still no place for Cole

first_imgStoke: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Muniesa; Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Adam, Arnautovic; Crouch.Subs: Pennant, Palacios, Jones, Assaidi, Wilkinson, Ireland.Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Mikel; Hazard, Mata, Schurrle; Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Essien, Lampard, De Bruyne, Ba, Eto’o.YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Local Roundup: Fortuna’s Dolcini throws perfect game to clinch Big 5 title

first_imgFortuna >> Fortuna Huskies pitcher Hailey Dolcini wasn’t just good on Wednesday, she was perfect.The Huskies ace struck out all 15 batters she faced in a 10-0 five-inning victory over the Arcata Tigers at Fortuna High School.Fortuna catcher Jenna Christensen went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBI. Dolcini, Shelby Doebel and Taylor Fournier each had two hits for the Huskies. The victory clinched the Huskies’ fourth-consecutive Big 5 title. Fortuna is now 18-1-1 this season, 10-0 …last_img

Renewable Costs

first_imgGlobal power demand today is about 12.5 terawatts, which is likely to grow to 17 terawatts by 2030, the U.S. Energy Department reports. Meeting that demand with renewable power certainly won’t be cheap. Mark Jacobson, a civil and environmental engineering professor at Stanford, and Mark Delucchi, a research scientist at the University of California, Davis’s Institute of Transportation Studies, estimate that construction of a worldwide wind, water and solar system would cost $100 trillion over 20 years, including upgrades to the grid.But, Jacobson and Delucchi write, “This is not money handed out by governments or consumers. It is investment that is paid back through the sale of electricity and energy.” And the authors contend that because electrification is more efficient than using fossil fuels, a drop in global energy demand occurs from 17 terawatts to 11.5 in 2030.According to a new report from the University of California at Davis and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, all of this spending and more could be saved if the world’s urban population made the transition from automobile dependence to reliance on mass transit, walking and cycling. (A co-benefit would be a 1,700-megaton annual reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050.) But that rosy future is dependent on a massive change in consumer behavior.The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate puts a slightly lower price tag on the global infrastructure expenditure necessary to reach renewable energy and climate goals by 2030—$89 trillion—but also envisions $2 trillion savings to that date from “reduced investment in fossil fuel power plants in a low-carbon scenario.” And it sees further savings accruing from energy-efficiency gains, reductions in transmission and distribution investment, and drastically lower costs for fossil fuel exploration and transportation, among other things.Those savings could add up dramatically. “Overall, the net incremental infrastructure investment needs from a low-carbon transition could be just $4.1 trillion, if these investments are done well,” said the Global Commission report. It even imagines a scenario that would result in net savings of $1 trillion. Some disagree. Ottmar Edenhofer, a German climate economist who served as an advisor to the Global Commission but was not an author of its report, told The New York Times that the assumptions necessary to reach that no-net-cost outcome are “overly optimistic.”High Up–front CostsIn 2011, President Obama outlined a goal of 80% renewable energy for the U.S. grid by 2035. Reaching that ambitious target could mean adding 20 gigawatts a year for 20 years, then 45 gigawatts annually until mid-century.The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimated that President Obama’s scenario would raise average utility bills in 2035 by 29% (higher in some areas). A megawatt-hour of electricity could rise from $9 to $26 in 2030, and from $41 to $53 per megawatt-hour by 2050, the Renewable Electricity Futures study said.According to that federal report, “Higher electricity prices associated with the high renewable scenarios are driven by replacement of existing generation plants with new generators (mostly renewable), additional balancing requirements reflected in expenditures for combustion turbines, storage and transmission; and the assumed higher relative capital cost of renewable generation, compared to conventional technologies.”A new “Green Growth” report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute estimates the cost of reaching a similarly ambitious goal — 40% reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2035 — at $200 billion annually from both public and private sources (with public investment averaging about $55 billion per year).However, the CAP report notes that the projected public spending under its plan would be only 0.3% of current U.S. GDP, and approximately 1.4% of the federal budget. Some $90 billion of the annual expenditures would go to energy-efficiency measures for buildings, transportation and industry — with the potential of reducing American energy use by 30%.Looking to recent history for guidance, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) reports that there’s little evidence that a 40% increase in renewable energy on the grid since 1994 has raised electricity prices in the U.S. EDF reports that those rates have “remained steady” during this period, even as coal plant sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions declined by more than 75%.That Could Exceed Projections …Critics say the actual increases from committing to renewables will be higher than the federal estimates. For instance, the Manhattan Institute said in 2011 that reaching the 20% wind goal for the U.S. national grid would “impose a tax on U.S. electricity consumers of $45 to $54 for each ton of carbon dioxide that was removed,” and it claimed that electricity consumers in coal-dependent regions would end up paying as much as 48% more for electricity.”Utility-scale solar in the U.S. has dropped from $3 per installed watt in the first quarter of 2012 to $1.85 in the first quarter of 201…. Commercial solar prices dropped 20% … and residential solar 25%. –The Solar Energy Industries AssociationMeeting British renewable energy goals, said Britain’s Renewable Energy Foundation in 2014, would require $211 billion in subsidies by 2040, with peak annual costs of around $10 billion. The country’s Committee on Climate Change estimates expenditures of $10 billion per year.The German goal of 40% to 45% renewable energy by 2025 (and 80% by 2050) is proving costly to achieve. According to the The Wall Street Journal, “Average electricity prices for companies have jumped 60% over the past five years because of costs passed along as part of government subsidies of renewable energy producers. Prices are now more than double those in the U.S.”The International Energy Agency has put a price tag on confronting climate change at $10.5 trillion by 2030. That’s the global investment in low-carbon energy (plus energy efficiency) that’s needed, the agency estimates, to hold greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere to 450 parts per million and world temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius.According to Mark Moro, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, “The figure $10.5 trillion by 2030 declares objectively and indelibly that the battle against climate change requires remaking the world energy system with new Save & add newtechnologies, many of which don’t exist, or don’t exist cheaply enough, and that we’d better get to work on that in earnest.” … But Prices Are Coming DownYet, renewable energy costs are already dropping. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reported in 2014 that the average, upfront installed price for utility-scale photovoltaics dropped by more than a third since the 2007-2009 period, with an attendant increase in project-level performance. And, said report author Mark Bolinger of Berkeley Lab, “The price of electricity sold to utilities under long-term contracts [in 2013 and 2014] from large-scale solar projects has fallen by more than 70% since 2008, to $50 per megawatt-hour on average.”According to Lazard Freres & Company’s “Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) Analysis 7.0,” LCOE for wind and solar in the U.S. has declined more than 50% between 2009 and 2013. Lazard estimates that utility-scale solar photovoltaics are competitive with fossil fuel for peak energy in much of the world, even without subsidies. The New York Times concludes that Germany’s fast-paced purchase of wind turbines and solar panels is bringing large Chinese manufacturers into the space and “driving down costs faster than almost anyone thought possible just a few years ago.” That development is threatening to electric utilities, which have seen few challenges to their business plans.According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, utility-scale solar in the U.S. has dropped from $3 per installed watt in the first quarter of 2012 to $1.85 in the first quarter of 2014. And, in the same period, commercial solar prices dropped 20% (to $3.72 per watt) and residential solar 25% (to $4.56 per watt).Wind farms are also competitive. Bernard David, an entrepreneur and author who is also a senior fellow at Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL), agrees that, although there are some technical constraints, the aggressive Chinese push into renewable energy is bringing with it the economies of scale necessary to compete with fossil fuels.Wind costs have dropped 90% since 1980 and, reports the Motley Fool, “Wind energy is now cheaper than many conventional fuels.” According to Mandy Warner, an EDF climate specialist, “New coal-fired power plants are one of the costliest generation options even without considering the significant pollution they generate. If built in the next five years, they would cost about 19% more than onshore wind, 44% more than combined cycle natural gas, and significantly more than energy-efficiency measures.”Targeting CoalAddressing coal-burning power plants has become an effective strategy for reducing emissions, and the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan aims to cut U.S. power carbon by 30% below 2005 levels. And EPA modeling shows that implementation of its Clean Power Plan for older coal plants will result in bills $8 per month lower in 2030 than they would be without the plan.Just $50 billion “is the surprising low price to buy up and shut down all the private and public coal companies in the U.S., breaking the centuries-old grip of an obsolete, destructive technology that threatens our present and our future.” –Felix Kramer and Gil FriendIn The Guardian, Felix Kramer and Gil Friend report that $50 billion “is the surprising low price to buy up and shut down all the private and public coal companies in the U.S., breaking the centuries-old grip of an obsolete, destructive technology that threatens our present and our future.” The authors claim that such a move would “generate $100 to $500 billion in benefits every year,” and imagine “a few shrewd and enlightened investors” taking the lead on funding and structuring the Coal Buyout Fund.The Path Not Taken?And any analysis of energy generating costs has to include consideration of the costs of not taking the renewable path. That’s the focus of the Risky Business Project, co-chaired by former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and hedge fund manager/environmentalist Tom Steyer.Because of higher sea level and aggravated storm surge, the average annual cost of coastal storms on the eastern seaboard and the Gulf of Mexico could reach $3.5 billion in 15 years, with hurricane activity taking that figure to $7.3 billion. By 2050, $66 to $106 billion in coastal property could be underwater, and up to $507 billion worth by 2100.Midwestern and Southern farmers could see their corn, wheat, soy and cotton yields drop 10% over the next five to 25 years. There’s a one in 20 chance the losses could top 20%.Temperature changes because of climate change might require the construction of up to 95 gigawatts of new power generation in the next five to 25 years. That translates to 200 coal or natural gas power plants.Some of the projections may underestimate the cost of switching to renewables, but the more pessimistic reports probably downplay the offsetting benefits and consequences of not taking steps. Related Itemslast_img read more

Vernon Gonsalves part of front outfit of CPI (Maoist): police to HC

first_imgActivist Vernon Gonsalves, who is accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, is part of a front organisation of the banned organisation, CPI Maoists, Pune police told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday.Additional public prosecutor Aruna Pai opened her arguments opposing bail for Mr. Gonsalves, who is at Yerwada jail for the past 18 months, before Justice Sarang Kotwal.Ms. Pai said the police has relied on the forensic report of documents recovered from accused Rona Wilson and computer files from Surendra Gadling, who are also in Yerwada jail. “We (police) have not tampered anything (sic),” she said.She read out a letter dated January 2, 2018 recovered from Mr. Wilson’s laptop, which she said, “acts as corroborative material as far as the first information report is concerned and shows the role of a banned organisation (CPI M),” she said.She then read out another letter recovered from Mr. Gadling’s laptop that said, “Vernon and Arun (Ferreira also an accused in jail) are members of ‘radical study circle’, which is a front organisation of CPI M.”The court, however, said, “The author of these letters is unknown.” Ms. Pai went on to talk about the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners and Indian Association of People’s Lawyers, and said they were fronts of the CPI M.The court asked, “How is Vernon connected to these organisations or even either of them?” Ms Pai said, “His name is not there, and there is no direct involvement.”In the end, she read out call detail records of all the accused: Dalit activist and writer Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut, a Tata Institute of Social Sciences alumnus known for working for tribals in Gadchiroli, Shoma Sen, a retired professor at Nagpur University, Mr. Wilson, poet Varavara Rao, activists Mr. Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Sudha Bharadwaj, and said “Call records show they were in touch with each other.”The hearing will continue on October 3.last_img read more