New Washington law requires state’s utilities to quit coal by 2025

first_imgNew Washington law requires state’s utilities to quit coal by 2025 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Seattle Times:Gov. Jay Inslee signed a package of bills Tuesday to combat climate change headlined by legislation to rid Washington’s electric grid of fossil-fuel-generated power by 2045, a move that makes the state a leader in the national clean-power movement.Other parts of the green agenda now embedded in state law create new conservation standards for energy use in large new buildings, require new efficiency standards for appliances and phase out “super pollutant” hydrofluorocarbons used as refrigerants.The law sets a 2025 deadline for utilities to end all reliance on coal, and a 2045 deadline to end use of natural-gas-generated electricity. The new energy standards will have a major impact on investor-owned utilities. Puget Sound Energy (PSE), which serves more than 1.1 million electric customers, got nearly 60 percent of its electricity from coal and natural gas in 2017.PSE leaders were involved in intense negotiations with legislators and environmentalists over the shape of the bill. In the final version, legislators yielded to utility concerns that an early House bill contained too harsh of a financial stick should the fossil-fuel-powered electricity not be phased out by 2045.For PSE, the clean-power law will add new urgency to the task of ending a decades long reliance on a major coal-fired plant in Colstrip, Montana, which the utility partially owns. Two of the plant’s four units will close by July 2022. PSE had forecast that it would stop drawing power from the other two units by the early 2030s, and hinted in planning documents that it could happen sooner.The new legislation means that within six years, PSE needs to be done with delivering Colstrip power to Washington.More: Clean power is now the law; Inslee signs bill for zero-carbon electricity by 2045last_img read more

Jamaica-bound karters arrive ready for action

first_img(By Stephan Sookram in Jamaica, compliments of Fly Jamaica, Nexus Machinery and GT Motorsports) THE Guyanese team for this weekend’s Double Trouble karting event at the Palisadoes Go-Kart facility in Kingston Jamaica arrived ready and raring for action.The six-member karting team includes the Ten Pow siblings in Justin and Jeremy, Matthew Phang, Mikhail Persaud, Rayden Persaud and Elan Rahaman. They were upbeat yesterday morning upon arriving in the Reggae Isle.They are accompanied by parents and coaches on their maiden karting voyage to Jamaica and their first order of business was to check out the battlefield, located less than five minutes from the airport.While significantly larger than the GT motorsport facilities, the Jamaican circuit features a more demanding layout and more corners.Stefan Jeffrey points out possible braking zones to one of the young Guyanese karters. (Stephan Sookram photo)However, the youngsters aren’t fazed by the circuit, having completed firstly a track walk of the 1200m facility which features 14 corners all providing their own degree of difficulty.After some late afternoon practice, Phang, who will be competing in the Senior Rotax class, disclosed the side’s readiness for tomorrow’s qualifying.To Chronicle Sport, he said, “I think I can get down to the times of the seniors once I fix my handling. I missed my mark about three or four times in several corners.”Rayden, Elan and Mikhail who compete in the Junior Rotax class were also optimistic having run their sessions late in the afternoon.The young duo of Jeremy and Justin Ten Pow, who will run in the Mini and Macro Max classes also benefited from yesterday‘s session.Qualification today begins at 10:00hrs and runs until 13:00hrs, after which practice sessions will take place.Chief among the sponsors that made the event possible were Fly Jamaica who facilitated the travel of the team to Jamaica and other sponsors in Pure Racing, Cyril’s Taxi, BM Soat and GT Motorsports.last_img read more

Joe Biden Refuses To Apologize To Anita Hill

first_imgJoe Biden talks Anita Hill on "The View"Joe Biden probably dug himself an even deeper hole with Black women voters in particular after he just couldn’t bring himself to say sorry to Anita Hill for how he treated her during the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Clarence Thomas in 1991. The former vice president appeared on “The View” Friday morning and when co-host Joy Behar prompted Biden to say he was sorry, he didn’t.For those who don’t remember, Biden, then the ranking chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time, allowed Hill, who accused Thomas of sexual harassment, to be attacked by a flock of old white men. Adding insult to injury, Biden also never called other witnesses to testify, something that many attributed to Thomas’ confirmation. Considering Biden’s nickname “Creepy Uncle Joe” stems from a series of non-sexual yet still uncomfortable interactions with women that have resulted in multiple complaints, it probably would have been wise for him to eat a large helping of humble pie and say he’s sorry. After all, politics is all about achieving a ways to a means. But the way he handled himself on “The View” could mean bad things for his young campaign moving forward.Scroll down to see all the ways social media users were reacting to Biden’s non-apology to Anita Hill.SEE ALSO:Me Too? Democrats Isolate Justin Fairfax But Embrace Joe BidenBiden Suggests George Bush Is Classier Than Obama Senator Joe Biden At Clarence Thomas Confimation HearingsSource: Mark Reinstein / GettyAfter Biden announced on Thursday his official third run at the presidency, Hill’s name began trending on social media. The obvious underlying theme was that Biden had yet to make up for the clear error in his ways.“Here’s your opportunity right now to just say you apologize, you’re sorry,” Behar told Biden.A stubborn Biden was adamant in his response.“I’m sorry for the way she got treated,” Biden said sounding exasperated at having to revisit something that will likely follow him throughout his thrid campaign for the presidency. “If you go back to what I said, and didn’t say, I don’t think I treated her badly.” “Since I had publicly apologized for the way she was treated…I didn’t want to, quote, invade her space,” Joe Biden says on why he only recently called Anita Hill. “I was grateful she took my call.”— The View (@TheView) April 26, 2019 The non-apology and apparent refusal to give one will probably not play well with Democratic voters who are women, Black women, Black people overall and anyone sympathetic to the #MeToo movement bringing awareness to sexual misconduct. It also could offset the news that Symone Sanders, a Black woman, was hired as a senior campaign adviser for Biden.In nearly 30 years, the Capitol Hill lifer has never apologized to Hill, she told the Washington Post in 2017. In fact, he previously offered the same type of conditional mea culpa that he gave on “The View” Friday morning, she said at the time.“He said, ‘I am sorry if she felt she didn’t get a fair hearing.’ That’s sort of an ‘I’m sorry if you were offended,’” she told The Washington Post.In a phone interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, Hill said pretty much the same thing.“I cannot be satisfied by simply saying, ‘I’m sorry for what happened to you,’” Hill told the Times in a story published Thursday. “I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.”Earlier this month, Biden addressed the Anita Hill controversy at an event in New York.“We knew a lot less about the extent of harassment back then, over 30 years ago. She paid a terrible price, she was abused for the hearing. She was taken advantage of. Her reputation was attacked,” he said. “I wish I could have done something. To this day I regret I couldn’t come up with a way to get her the kind of hearing she deserved, given the courage she showed by reaching out to us.”center_img Anita Hill , Joe Biden , Joy Behar , The View Also On News One: 20 Tweets Dragging Roseanne Barr To A White Privilege Helllast_img read more