January 21, 2021

Editorial: What a Smart Energy Transition Must Look Like

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Akron Beacon Journal:Consider that today roughly 70,000 people work in the coal industry while 88,000 work in wind power. Note that Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway have plowed $15 billion into wind farms. The coal industry will be affected adversely by the Clean Power Plan of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Yet employment in the industry already has suffered, especially going back to the 1980s, and not because of regulation for the most part.Coal mining has become more efficient, employment levels declining nearly 90 percent since the 1920s, even as production nearly doubled.Add the recent glut of natural gas, driven by new discoveries in this part of the country and the expansion of hydraulic fracturing. Amazon wants to see its storage facilities powered by renewable sources. Other companies have joined in seeking reduced emissions and lower prices, alert to climate change and the company bottom line.Thus, right here in Ohio, you can see the shift, from coal mining to jobs in natural gas and renewable energy. That is how a dynamic economy works, and Hillary Clinton, for all the grief she has taken, outlined what a smart transition must look like.Contrast what Clinton said with the words of Donald Trump during a recent stop in West Virginia: “We’re going to get those miners back to work,” adding: “The miners of West Virginia and Pennsylvania … Ohio and all over are going to start to work again, believe me.” Not in coal mines, short of an economic miracle. The Trump “guarantee,” in its way, reflects what is so discouraging about our political conversation. It is a formula for disappointment, promise big, then fail to deliver.Full item: Why coal faces hard times, and Hillary Clinton deserves better Editorial: What a Smart Energy Transition Must Look Likelast_img read more

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Changing of the Seasons

first_img red fall leaves photo courtesy of Eric Albitz, ericalbitzphotography.com Photo courtesy of Eric Albitz, ericalbitzphotography.comArguably one of the most beautiful times of year, fall is finally upon us. The leaves have begun to adorn their autumn colors, the sun sinks away earlier and earlier each night, and suddenly, the morning air is accompanied with a sweater appropriate chill.What a great time of year to go out and explore, to go to bed early, and to find different ways to stay warm. There is no better feeling to me then staying warm amongst crisp autumn temperatures. It seems impossible during those hot summer memories to cool down, to let your temperature drop, you couldn’t escape the heat. But the fall is different. Add more layers, eat a hearty meal, or get that blood pumping; there is a multitude of ways to stay warm during the fall.Something just feels right about the way long-sleeves fit in October. Walking out to the vibrant orange and yellow atmosphere, feeling the cold not at your skin, but stopped short by added layers. It’s almost like your outsmarting the system, like your fighting a small battle against Mother Nature and coming out victorious. Throw on the forgotten cold-weather cap and you are conqueror of this universe. The reason your room seems so cold in the morning is because you have stayed warm under the covers all night. Fall is here and you are ready.Besides adorning feathered clothing, a different inclination of humans can also be attributed to the dropping temperatures, a natural instinct engraved into our genes; the penchant for body heat. Never in the summer is hanging out in cramped conditions a necessarily joyous event. But come the long nights and cold temperatures of the fall, gatherings of people can be found packed into the kitchen, the family room, and all together in an effort to keep the cold away with a collective warmth.It can be strange at first, stepping outside and not immediately drowning in sweat, the new colors are nearly blinding with their brilliance, and the world you once knew has shed its skin to reveal a new kind of beauty. Unarguably one of the best times of year to go out and explore; fall is the season to stay nice and warm.-BDL fall colorscenter_img fall on the mountain photo courtesy of Eric Albitz, ericalbitzphotography.comlast_img read more

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