WASHINGTON — President Obama announced on Friday that he had rejected the request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ending a seven-year review that had become a symbol of the debate over his climate policies. Mr. Obama’s denial of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline, which would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast, comes as he seeks to build an ambitious legacy on climate change. “America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change,” Mr. Obama said in remarks from the White House. “And, frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership.” The move was made ahead of a major United Nations summit meeting on climate change to be held in Paris in December, when Mr. Obama hopes to help broker a historic agreement committing the world’s nations to enacting new policies to counter global warming. While the rejection of the … [Read more...] about Citing Climate Change, Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline
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Panic among parents, underlying health conditions or incidental coronavirus infection – these are the top reasons behind the admission of children in hospitals due to Covid-19, paediatricians across India told News18.com. While the doctors haven’t seen any increase in the hospitalisation among children in the ongoing third wave caused by heavily mutated variant Omicron, they are expecting a few cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) – a rare but possible side effect of Covid – by mid-February or March. More than half a dozen medical child health experts News18.com spoke to confirmed that children – in all the three waves – have only reported “mild Covid-19” disease and recover “within one week”. “This time, Covid doesn’t appear to be causative but is rather incidental in children getting admitted to Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU),” said Dr Maninder Singh Dhaliwal, associate director, paediatrics, Medanta. It means that children are not admitted in … [Read more...] about Children are Doing Fine in the Omicron-led Covid Third Wave, Say Experts, and Here are the Reasons Why
As the heat grows on Boris Johnson over a string of No10 lockdown parties the cowardly PM looks set to shift the blame away from himself in a desperate bid to save his own skin. Rather than accept any responsibility for the scandal engulfing Downing Street, he is instead likely to throw a bunch of civil service flunkies under the bus , who could now face the axe. But it comes as the Mirror can reveal Mr Johnson attended a leaving do for his defence adviser in the run-up to Christmas 2020 and gave a speech. And fresh doubts were raised on the PM’s claim he did not know in advance about the No10 garden bash on May 20 of that year after Sunday Times columnist Dominic Lawson claimed at least two people had warned him the email invite to staff made it clear it was a party and it should have been stopped. If true, it blows his half-hearted apology for Partygate last week out of the water and means he faces claims he breached the ministerial code by misleading the Commons. To … [Read more...] about New No10 party revealed as Boris Johnson set to blame aides to save his job
March 1 April 1 May 1 June 1 0% First stimulus checks received Half of states in process of reopening ZIP CODE INCOME LEVEL –5% Bottom 25% Bottom middle 25% –10% Top middle 25% –15% Change in consumer spending during the pandemic Top 25% –20% –25% –30% –35% March 1 April 1 May 1 June 1 0% First stimulus checks received Half of states in process of reopening ZIP CODE INCOME LEVEL –5% Bottom 25% Bottom middle 25% –10% Top middle 25% –15% Change in consumer spending during the pandemic Top 25% –20% –25% –30% –35% March 1 April 1 May 1 June 1 0% Half of states in process of reopening ZIP CODE INCOME LEVEL –5% Bottom 25% Bottom middle 25% –10% Top middle 25% –15% Top 25% –20% Change in consumer spending during the pandemic –25% –30% –35% … [Read more...] about The Rich Cut Their Spending. That Has Hurt All the Workers Who Count on It.
California has led the nation in setting ambitious climate change goals and policies. But the state’s progress is threatened by a nasty fight between rival camps in the energy industry that both consider themselves proponents of renewable energy. The dispute is about who will get to build the green energy economy — utilities or smaller companies that install solar panels and batteries at homes — and reap billions of dollars in profits from those investments. At stake is whether the state can reach its goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2045 . For years, the rooftop solar business was ascendant in California, growing as much as 62 percent a year. That angered utilities and their labor unions, which long controlled the production, sale and distribution of electricity, and they lobbied state leaders to rein in the rooftop solar business — an effort that is on the cusp of success. The infighting couldn’t come at a worse time, some energy experts said. President Biden’s main … [Read more...] about A Fight Over Rooftop Solar Threatens California’s Climate Goals
Produced by ‘The Ezra Klein Show’ It’s been a year since Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. And what a roller coaster of a year it’s been. The Biden administration blew past its Covid vaccination goal of 100 million shots in 100 days, only to run into the realities of vaccine skepticism, the Delta wave and now Omicron. The president oversaw an unprecedented economic recovery — including the sharpest one-year drop in unemployment in American history — but now faces the highest inflation in decades, supply chain crises and souring approval ratings. Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan and the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law, but negotiations collapsed over the administration’s signature Build Back Better bill, and on Thursday the Senate failed to pass any voting rights legislation. [You can listen to this episode of “The Ezra Klein Show” on Apple , Spotify , Google or wherever you get your … [Read more...] about The View From the White House
CANNON BALL, N.D. — Ranchers are arming themselves before they climb onto tractors or see to their livestock. Surveillance helicopters buzz low through the prairie skies. Native Americans fighting to prevent an oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation are handing out thick blankets and coats and are building maple-pole shelters that can withstand North Dakota’s bitter winter. As the first deep freeze looms, many here are bracing for a long fight as the company behind the Dakota Access pipeline races to finish the $3.7 billion project by January, and thousands of protesters tucked into tents, tepees and trailers in prairie camps vow to stop it. “This is where we are, and where we’re staying,” Retha Henderson said, surveying a bustling camp on the edge of the Cannonball River. “We’re not giving up.” Ms. Henderson said she had been drawn to the site by memories of her grandfather, an Oglala Lakota, and by dreams. She left her apartment and her catering job in Myrtle … [Read more...] about Ranchers Tote Guns as Tribes Dig In for Long Pipeline Fight
Something infectious is spreading through the work force. Its symptoms present in a spate of two-week notices. Its transmission is visible in real time. And few bosses seem to know how to inoculate their staff against this quitagion. It catches quickly. “There’s a shock when you see multiple people leaving — it’s like, oh, is there something I’m not seeing?” said Tiff Cheng, 27, who left her job in digital marketing in July, along with five of her close friends at the 40-person agency. “Is it my time to leave as well?” Quitting rates were high in August , September and October . Then, according to Labor Department data, they climbed even further: More than 4.5 million people left their jobs voluntarily in November , a record high in two decades of tracking. Economists explained the numbers by noting that competition for workers led to better pay and benefits, driving some to seek out new opportunities. Psychologists have an additional explanation: Quitting is contagious. … [Read more...] about What Makes Quitting So Contagious?
Brazil’s Amazon forests are ablaze with dozens of fires, most of them set intentionally by loggers and others seeking greater access to forest land. How long the fires can continue is unclear. But at this scale, they are paving the way for a global climate catastrophe. While European leaders and civil society in many places are organising protests to oppose policies that encourage the fires, the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has stated that they are an internal matter and that they were actually started by the very non-governmental organisations who are now shouting “fire”. The American President Donald Trump has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement stating that it is against the national interests of the U.S. Across the Atlantic, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a vocal critic of European integration, has spoken from both sides of his mouth on climate change, receiving funding from climate science denial groups while saying that he would lobby the U.S. to take … [Read more...] about A new ethics for a sustainable planet
Ceramic cookware is the somewhat newer, trendier option in the world of pots and pans. They’re most famous for being pretty, and are available in a range of colors from pretty pastels to bold retro blues and reds. But don’t let that fool you: they also perform well in the kitschen. So how does ceramic equipment stack up against other cookware materials like stainless steel, cast-iron and nonstick? Use this guide to understand what ceramic cookware is all about, the pros and cons, and how to choose the right time to use it so it really shines. What is ceramic cookware? The word “ceramic” may make this cookware sound fragile, dainty even, but ceramic cookware isn’t actually made 100% of clay. Rather, these attractive pots and pans have a metal core, usually made of aluminum or copper, that is coated with several layers of ceramic coating. This coating has an attractive, smooth matte finish that also happens to be non-stick and even-heating. Okay, it doesn’t just “happen” to be … [Read more...] about What is ceramic cookware – and do you need it?