Editorial: Wisconsin’s Governor Wants to Waste Taxpayer Money Fighting Clean Energy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the (Milwaukee) Wisconsin Gazette: There’s a proposed item in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget that would waste $250,000 to have the Public Service Commission study the health effects of wind turbines. His transparent intention is to continue stalling on Wisconsin’s development of this renewable energy source, which is opposed by the real-estate sector and producers of dirty energy, including Koch Industries and Exon Mobil. Those industries have bestowed Walker with beaucoup bucks, and, as he’s proven time and again, he’s not about to let the state do anything counter to their interests on his watch — not even for the best interests of Wisconsinites.If wind energy did indeed present a health hazard for humans, the world would be well aware of it by now. Wind energy is the second fastest-growing source of renewable energy in the world — behind only solar, Wind has contributed to increasing energy independence and job growth throughout Europe and Asia over the past decade. It’s also led to falling energy costs in nations such as Germany, where 31 percent of energy during the first half of last year came from wind, solar and hydro.Neighboring Iowa generated 27.4 of its electricity from wind in 2013. The state continues to expand its wind energy program, with no reports of health problems that we could find.But there’s even stronger evidence that wind energy is harmless, and Walker is well aware of it. Five years ago, 13 Wisconsinites from all sectors were appointed to the state’s Wind Siting Council. The council reviewed over 50 different scientific studies and found no evidence to support the contention of Walker and his shills that wind turbines are hazardous to human health. The only studies used by the council were those that had appeared in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The findings of the Wind Siting Council, presented to the Legislature in October 2014, should have marked the end of the story for wind energy deniers.The $250,000 Walker wants to spend to duplicate a conclusive study on a topic that has long since been settled elsewhere could be used in many other productive ways.  The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters suggests that the money could go to programs that contribute to conservation, clean energy, or monitoring the pollution and contamination that we know are caused by the forms of energy that Walker favors.The absurdity of Walker throwing away taxpayer money to hold up the production of clean energy due to public health concerns is laughable. Walker has never met a polluter he didn’t like. His environmental policies are extremely hazardous to public safety, including the relaxation of regulations for polluters, construction of the nation’s largest tar sand crude pipeline, which flows under every major waterway in the state, and revamping the permitting process to make it easier for operators of open pit mines to get approval without public input — just for starters.This is not a partisan issue. Renewable energy is essential to keeping Wisconsin in the game, and the hypocrisy Walker shows toward it should offend every citizen who expects our leaders to do what’s best for us over the interests of their benefactors or in the interests of their political aspirations.Of course, the Public Service Commission, which is dominated by Walker appointees, might just come up with findings that conveniently differ from all the scholarly studies on the subject. If that should occur, we hope that Republicans and Democrats alike recognize the sham for what it is.Editorial: Walker wants $250,000 to duplicate wind energy study because he didn’t like the findings Editorial: Wisconsin’s Governor Wants to Waste Taxpayer Money Fighting Clean Energylast_img read more

Downtown Drive-in: how you can take your family to the movies safely in Binghamton

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — As the weather warms up and reopening continues, naturally people will be looking for things to do; luckily, a collaboration between downtown restaurants is offering residents the chance to do just that. The first screenings are Wednesday, June 10 at 9pm and midnight; the movies that night will be Frozen for the earlier showing and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for the later showing. “Originally it started off as kind of a small joke between me and my attorney last year, which eventually evolved into this year’s unfortunate pandemic,” said Yonaty, the owner of Social on State. “It’s my hopes that people will see Binghamton is a gem of an area to live in.” Real estate developer and business owner Mark Yonaty wanted to offer people the opportunity to go out, while staying in. With the help of other restaurant owners and local leaders, he is bringing a drive-in movie theater to the old Lackawanna Train Station in Binghamton.center_img Yonaty told 12 News Thursday the idea started as an afterthought, but he soon realized the potential it had. Each Wednesday for the next four weeks two movies will be shown; for information on which movies are playing, and to purchase tickets, click here.last_img read more

COVID-19: West Java distributes cash, food to Greater Bandung residents prior to PSBB

first_imgRead also: Govt expands social aid for poor to prevent Idul Fitri ‘mudik’The social assistance funds from West Java administrations is only one of eight financial aid programs aimed to ease the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.Greater Bandung, which consists of Bandung and Cimahi cities, as well as Bandung, West Bandung and Sumedang regencies, will impose the PSBB policy for 14 days starting on Wednesday, following approval from Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto to ramp up efforts in the fight against COVID-19.The area will join other regions in West Java, namely Bogor, Bekasi and Depok cities, as well as Bogor and Bekasi regencies — all satellite areas of Jakarta commonly referred to as Bodebek — in imposing the PSBB. Ridwan had previously said that Greater Bandung and Bodebek metropolitan areas had around two-thirds of COVID-19 cases in West Java.Prior to distribution, the central government had also set up the family hope program, staple food card, pre-employment card, and village funds assistance for families hardest-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and the Social Affairs Ministry had also distributed monthly cash funds worth Rp 600,000 to thousands of residents for the next three months.Bandung administration economy and development assistant Eric Mohamad Atthauriq said he welcomed the West Java administrations’ initiative to distribute cash funds to Bandung residents.Eric explained there were around 137,000 families in Bandung registered in the Data of Social Welfare (DTKS) database. Some 60,000 of them had received assistance through the family hope program and staple food aid program from the central government.”The Bandung administration is ready to distribute cash aid to the remaining 77,000 families minus the 4,668 families that have received assistance from West Java administrations,” he said.The West Java Industry and Trade Agency has also prepared 12,000 canned food packages for the residents in addition to the staple food and cash aid. (nal)Topics : West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has decided to distribute social assistance to thousands of families in Greater Bandung before officially implementing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the area amid efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.Starting on Sunday, the governor distributed staple food aid worth Rp 350,000 (US$22.50) and Rp 150,000 in cash to 5,492 families in Bandung and Cimahi, West Java.”The sooner [we give the aid] the better. We decided to distribute the funds to residents, while we’re continuously collecting data on more beneficiaries,” Ridwan said in the Central Processing Office of state-owned postal company PT Pos Bandung on Sunday.Ridwan said his administration would distribute monthly assistance for the next four months.”There are 4,668 beneficiaries in Bandung and 824 beneficiaries in Cimahi,” Ridwan said.He also said the administrations would hand out similar aid to around 18,000 families in West Bandung regency gradually.”Our target is to distribute the funds in the first 10 days of every month. So some residents will receive the funds on the fifth day of the month while others will get it on the 10th,” Ridwan said.The administration cooperated with Pos Bandung to distribute the aid packages as well as online-based motorcycle taxi drivers.He said he had asked all regents and mayors who were planning to implement PSBB to renew their beneficiaries’ data.last_img read more

Elks Speed Skating to host first leg of Speed Skating Canada Cup

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first leg of the Speed Skating Canada’s Cup is coming to Fort St. John, December 6 to the 8, at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. For more information, you can visit Speed Skating Canada’s website.Advertisement Out of those competing, Guliov says six or seven speed skaters will be representing the Fort St. John Elks at this event. The Cup is an event where skaters accumulate points towards the end-of-season Canadian rankings, which are used to help select athletes who will be nominated for a chance to be on the national team program for the following season. center_img – Advertisement -Guliov says the speed skaters have been training hard and keeping in top shape since the summer with hiking, biking, and going to the gym. According to Speed Skating Meet Coordinator, Darren Guliov, approximately 75 to 80 speed skaters from across Canada will be competing in various long track races. last_img read more

Telegram in history dustbin STOP era ends

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Communications technology speeds full-steam ahead, with cell phones, e-mail, instant messaging and text messaging all at our fingertips 24-7. But in the background, an old standard slips quietly away STOP After 154 years announcing deaths, wars, birthdays, scientific breakthroughs and other news, the Western Union telegram is officially a thing of the past – the last one was sent last Friday. Western Union now plans to focus its attention on financial services. We’ve come a long way from the first telegram, sent in 1844 by Samuel Morse from Washington to Baltimore. He wrote to his partner Alfred Vail to usher in the telegram era, which displaced the Pony Express. His message: “WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT?” A look into the past might yield the beginning of an answer. Click on the interactive feature to the right to explore the history of the telegram. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardlast_img read more