Council on Economic Advisors Combine Taxpayer Losses With Climate Risk in Making Case for U.S. Coal-Lease Reform

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Zahra Hirji for InsideClimate News:The White House Council on Economic Advisers presented a report this week that its chairman, Jason Furman, called “a real strong case for reform” to the federal coal leasing program.The review, the first time that President Obama’s top economic advisers have weighed in on one of the most hotly contested issues on the climate policy agenda, found that reforms would both reward taxpayers and protect the climate.Furman called the coal leasing system “antiquated” and said it falls far short of offering a fair return to taxpayers. Furman unveiled the report and a panel of four outside experts then discussed CEA’s findings at a seminar hosted by the research nonprofit Resources for the Future on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.The report contains a sophisticated economic analysis that showed how increasing what the government charges companies in royalties for the coal they take from federal land not only raises revenue but reduces carbon emissions.To maximize taxpayer returns from coal leasing, CEA estimates that future royalty rates for new coal leases would have to go up to about 300 percent, compared to the rate often used today (less than 12.5 percent). This move would rake in billions of dollars for state and federal governments and reduce coal production on federal land by about 50 percent. The resulting climate impact would be big: a reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal combustion of 319 million metric tons annually.CEA’s report comes six months after the U.S. Department of the Interior launched its first review of the coal leasing program in about 30 years. The review follows several lawsuits by environmental groups such as WildEarth Guardians. They have challenged the Interior Department for not adequately accounting for coal’s climate impacts as it reviews applications for new leases and expansions to existing ones, among other issues. Additionally, several studies have come out including a 2013 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office raising questions about how federal officials estimate the fair market value of coal in the leasing operations.The CEA analysis took a sensible approach to handling climate change, offering an example for how to evaluate “good financing strategy of the coal industry” and simultaneously use “sound emissions policy,” said Tom Sanzillo, director of finance at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.White House: Raising Coal Royalties a Boon for Taxpayers, and for the Climate Council on Economic Advisors Combine Taxpayer Losses With Climate Risk in Making Case for U.S. Coal-Lease Reformlast_img read more

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September 25, 2018 Police Blotter

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USG throws out complaint filed against presidential ticket

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government Elections Commission decided the Michaela & Meagan presidential ticket did not violate the Elections Code after holding a hearing Monday, according to the Elections Code infraction decision. The vote was unanimous. Murphy described the incident as an “oversight on our part,” and said the information was online for no more than 24 hours. “When we were setting up the website, … you have to put in your place of business,” Murphy said. “We had just listed TCC 224 [the USG office] because that was an address that we could use. It wound up popping up on our contact page. Before it was brought to our attention, we didn’t realize that it could be interpreted as us encouraging students to come to the USG office during our senatorial office hours to talk to us about campaign-related discussion, which is absolutely something neither of us would have encouraged.” Allegra Gutierrez, USG assistant director of graphics, filed the complaint against vice presidential candidate Meagan Lane. According to the infraction decision, she claimed presidential candidate Michaela Murphy and Lane “knowingly posted on their website” that students can visit them in the USG office for more information about their campaign. “It was just a mistake on [Murphy and Lane’s] end, but it only happened digitally,” Leon-Ramos said. “No one actually followed through, and they didn’t actually end up talking about their campaign in their office. They were asked to take it off the website, and it was already taken off the website at that point.” Therefore, since the Elections Commission found that a violation of the Elections Code had not occurred, the commission unanimously voted to not impose sanctions on the Michaela & Meagan presidential ticket. According to Leon-Ramos, Lane had Sen. Manda Bwerevu stand as her witness at the hearing. Bwerevu supported Lane and affirmed that no one came into the USG office to talk to Murphy and Lane about their campaign. This allegedly violated Article XIII in the USG Elections Code. According to Elections Code XIII.A.2., “No campaign planning or related activities may occur within the USG office.” According to Senior Director of Communications Fern Leon-Ramos, the USG office is meant to be a non-partisan space, so no campaign-related discussion should be held in the office. Allegra Gutierrez did not respond to request for comment by time of publication.last_img read more

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One Woman, Many Inequality Issues

first_imgDecontee George— Voicing out the silenceBy Decontee E. George, Young Professional, YMCAThe challenges of life and war of inequalities are the increasing battle of a girl child. We live in a world that is rapidly growing in increased crime rate and vulnerabilities. While there have been some gains made in addressing these issues, inequalities continue to create limited space for girls and deprive them of their basic rights and opportunities. In the last ten years, world organizations have strived to institute policies like the UN 1325 resolution, “He For She campaign,” SDG Goal # 5 all of which call for the adoption of a gender perspective to consider the special needs of women and girls.Though violence against women is illegal, the level of domestic violence and sexual assault remain significantly high. The Human Development Index reports that Liberia has a Gender Inequality Index rank of 143 out of 147. According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), this index is a composite measure to quantify the loss of achievements within a country due to gender inequality. The gender perspective in this article has tended to focus on a girl because they are more structurally subordinated and disadvantaged within existing systems.As a way of creating a safe space to tackle gender issues, parents and community need to build the emotional intelligence of the girl child to be prepared for the challenges ahead. When you are in a battle with unknown enemies, you would need sufficient information and be fully equipped. Adolescence can be tough enough to get through without questions of sex, sexuality, and sexual identity. But adolescents are humans too — no matter how alien they may seem to their parents at times. Openly addressing the all-too-human questions of sexual development, sexual desire, and the nature of the adolescent’s developing sexual identity are critical. Sharing practical information with and giving good moral guidance to your teenager is a vitally important part of helping your teen understanding themselves. It can help your child avoid devastating, and possibly life-threatening errors and judgment.In contrast, I refer to this early adolescence as a dangerous period in youths’ sexual development, because of the inter-relationship between sexual, mental and emotional developments. Youth at this age lack such development that is necessary to make wise and healthy decisions regarding their sexuality making them ill-prepared to cope with consequences of sexual activity. The acute consequences of sexual abuse for female victims include physical injury, sexually transmitted infections/diseases (STIs/STDs), and psychological trauma with the added danger of unwanted pregnancy that in some cases lead to abandonment, abortion and or death.Learn to start a conversation with your girl child without judging her, many at times parents/guidance are so engulfed with working hard to provide their basic needs, send them to expensive schools amongst others and giving daily instructions, but not asking ourselves, how well do you know your girl child, what are the daily struggles she is going through? What is the intention of the way she is dressing? Are you concern about the very short uniforms the High schools are producing our girls’ children? To succeed in this fight of gender-based violence and inequality, the parent needs to stand up from home to keep the girl child disciplined, safe and happy from the onset.When you compromise her pride and molest her because of fear, ignorance, circumstances, etc, know that she lives in secret pain for life and if justice cannot prevail now because of the system and even perpetrators might be in the position of decision making, this should in no way discourage us. We have made significant gains along the way and we are not deterred, justice delayed may not be justice denied.Join the fight against violence of all forms against women and girls today. Save our girls and make the community a safe place for them to grow.Happy International Women’s Day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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