In Coal Phase-Outs, Canada and U.K. Part With U.S.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Globe and Mail:Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and her British counterpart, Claire Perry, will launch an international alliance to phase out coal-fired electricity at the Bonn climate summit this week, signalling a sharp contrast to U.S. President Donald Trump’s promotion of coal as an important global energy source.Ms. McKenna will take the stage at the annual United Nations climate summit to showcase Canada’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including a national carbon pricing plan and federal-provincial moves to shut down traditional coal-fired power by 2030.The United States, meanwhile, will use its platform at Bonn to highlight the Trump administration’s support for coal and other fossil fuels. At a Monday event, U.S. officials will join industry representatives at a panel discussion on “the role of cleaner and more efficient fossil fuels and nuclear power in climate mitigation.”U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is proposing an American-led alliance that would encourage developing countries to invest in more efficient coal plants. In contrast, Ms. McKenna and Ms. Perry will tout their countries’ plans to phase out coal-fired power as a model for the world and will aim to rally international investors to finance lower-carbon options rather than coal.Since concluding a federal-provincial climate deal last December, Ottawa has announced a ream of planned policies to reduce GHG emissions, but it has yet to introduce the legislation or regulations to implement them, while the bulk of planned spending won’t come for another year or two.In a fall report, federal Environmental Commissioner Julie Gelfand said the government must speed up the implementation of its plan.The Liberals face criticism from two sides. New Democratic Party MP Linda Duncan says the Liberals are not moving fast enough, noting the 2017 budget indicated major spending on critical emission-reduction programs won’t begin until 2018-19.Conservative Party MP Ed Fast argues the Liberals are piling on climate-related costs, including carbon taxes, at the risk of the country’s industrial competitiveness. He said Canada cannot get too far out of line with its major trading partners such as the United States, particularly at a time when Mr. Trump is pursuing a pro-business agenda.The Trudeau government achieved a major victory just a year into its mandate by securing provincial and territorial agreement on the Pan-Canadian Framework on climate change, which commits all governments to undertake a broad range of policies – including carbon pricing – to bring down emissions.Ms. McKenna insisted her government is not slackening the pace but taking a reasonable time to consult with industry and environmental experts on legislation and regulations, while working with provinces and territories on priorities for spending that will have the greatest impact on emissions.“We are absolutely on track to meet our 2030 commitments,” she said. “We have a plan … and there’s a whole variety of measures we need to be taking. We also aren’t doing this alone; we’re working with provinces and territories.”She pointed to federal investment in transit, including up to $1-billion over several years for Ottawa’s light rail transit system, a project which she said would result in the largest GHG reduction in the city’s history.Carbon pricing legislation will be introduced early in the new year and will require all provinces to meet a minimum federal standard or see Ottawa implement its own carbon tax in their jurisdiction. The federal plan to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas industry is due to be released soon, even as Alberta is expected to release its own draft regulations in the coming days.More: Canada, Britain to tout coal phase-out as U.S. champions fossil fuels In Coal Phase-Outs, Canada and U.K. Part With U.S.last_img read more

Fans want to watch games, not protests

first_imgI grown increasingly weary and disgusted by all of the tumult and furor being caused the players of the National Football League [NFL] in their attempt to protest all of the injustices in this country by their refusal to stand while the National Anthem is being played. These players are nothing more than overgrown adolescents who can command an extraordinary amount of money in salary by playing a game that little boys can play in the street.Curiously, I have neither seen nor heard of any NFL player stepping up to donate even a single dime of his overinflated salary to combat all of the alleged injustices in this country that are perceived by them. Rather, it’s easier (and decidedly less expensive) to either “take a knee,” to lock arms with your teammates, or to remain in the locker room while the National Anthem is being performed, only to emerge when it’s time “to play.” I’m even further disgusted that the foolish antics of the NFL players are now being imitated by high school players as well.I was a football fan for many years, but enough is too much. In the future, I intend to boycott any and all football games and the players and to refuse to purchase any NFL products ever again until the NFL and its players recover from their selfish behavior. I call others to join my boycott as well.Remember us, we’re the fans that pay an inordinate amount of money to watch a game. We aren’t interested in watching you exhibit your personal or political views. We are here to watch a game.One final sentiment, you stand for the flag and you kneel for the fallen.Michael G. DeckerSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

US issues alert over COVID-19-linked childhood illness

first_imgThe criteria include fever, multiple inflamed organs that cause severe illness requiring hospitalization, a confirmed active or recent coronavirus infection and no other plausible causes.The condition had previously been referred to as Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) by the state of New York, where there have been more than a hundred reported cases, including at least three deaths.Doctors who have treated the illness say patients sometimes have symptoms similar to a rare condition called Kawasaki disease, which causes blood vessels throughout the body to swell, leading to extreme pain.The CDC said that physicians should “consider MIS-C in any pediatric death with evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection,” referring to the virus that causes COVID-19.  But it is not yet known if the condition is limited to children, the CDC added. Sunil Sood, a pediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York, told AFP that some children had very mild forms of illness, but about half of the patients that he and colleagues had seen had to be treated in intensive care for heart inflammation.The treatment involves injecting antibodies as well as administering steroids and aspirin in case patients experienced a sudden loss of blood pressure, called “shock.”He added that the cases mainly seemed to emerge four to six weeks after a child had been infected and had already developed antibodies.”They had the virus, the body fought it off earlier. But now there’s this delayed exaggerated immune response,” he said.Adding to the mystery, the cases were first reported in Europe and then in North America, but not in Asian countries such as China, Taiwan and South Korea where the virus first emerged.There has been speculation that certain populations may be more genetically susceptible and others less so, said Sood, though that theory is not confirmed.Six out of eight patients in a recent Lancet study from Britain were of Afro-Caribbean descent. Topics :center_img US health authorities issued an alert Thursday over a rare but sometimes deadly autoimmune condition among children that is believed to be linked to COVID-19.The illness, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), was first reported in Britain in late April.”Healthcare providers who have cared or are caring for patients younger than 21 years of age meeting MIS-C criteria should report suspected cases to their local, state, or territorial health department,” said the CDC.last_img read more