Conservatives Pan Coal, Nuclear Bailout Plan

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Examiner:Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s statement that the Trump administration is looking “very closely” at using at using a Cold War-era law to save coal and nuclear plants sparked skepticism from energy experts and industry officials, who questioned how legislation designed to protect national security could apply.The Defense Production Act of 1950 was created as America’s security and economy were recovering after World War II and early in the Cold War period. President Harry S. Truman used the newly passed law at the start of the Korean War, capping wages and imposing price controls on the steel industry. Energy experts say using the Defense Production Act for that reason would stretch the law beyond what it’s meant for because there is no imminent national security threat from the [FirstEnergy] plants closing in several years.“What DOE is doing now is essentially scrubbing all potential statutes to find something that could be the most legally defensible case,” Devin Hartman, electricity policy manager at the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, told the Washington Examiner. “The constitutionalist in all of us should just be crying out and saying this isn’t what any of these statutes were meant to do. Abusing something like a defense statute for civilian purposes undermines national security and our rule of law.”Tom Pyle, president of the free-market American Energy Alliance and Trump’s former Energy Department transition team leader, said the administration will run into the same problems with the Defense Production Act. “They are clearly in a tough spot,” Pyle told the Washington Examiner. “The Department of Energy realizes these approaches are pretty dramatic and probably not doable. So what they are doing is struggling with the idea of needing to gently tell the industry we can’t do these Hail Mary passes. It’s impossible to do legally, and they’d be stretching the intent of the law to the point it could be challenged in court.”Mike McKenna, a conservative environmental adviser with close ties to the Trump transition team, argues those considerations are not worth the effort. “It is ridiculous,” he told the Washington Examiner. “If we think coal has value that is not being properly accounted for, let’s figure that out and find a way to account for it. This is using a cleaver in lieu of a scalpel.”More: Trump’s ‘Hail Mary’ To Save Coal And Nuclear Plants Draws Skepticism Conservatives Pan Coal, Nuclear Bailout Planlast_img read more

Two human H5N1 cases noted; poultry outbreaks expand

first_imgNov 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Two more human cases of H5N1 avian influenza have been confirmed in recent days in Vietnam and Indonesia, while poultry outbreaks are spreading in China and Romania.The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed Nov 25 that a 15-year-old boy from Vietnam’s Haiphong province has H5N1 infection, which Vietnamese authorities announced last week. The boy has been discharged from a hospital and is recovering, the WHO said. He is the 66th Vietnamese to contract avian flu.A 16-year-old boy was confirmed today as having Indonesia’s 12th avian flu case, according to a Nov 26 report by Agence France-Presse (AFP). He was hospitalized in good condition in the West Java capital of Bandung, said Hariadi Wibisono of the Indonesian health industry, as quoted by AFP.”Tests [on blood] taken from the 16-year-old boy, both locally and by the World Health Organization, show that he is a bird flu patient,” Wibisono said. The WHO hasn’t updated its case count to reflect confirmation of the case.The WHO said it would send a team to the eastern Chinese province of Anhui to investigate human deaths from H5N1, according to the English version of the China People’s Daily Online. Two deaths have been confirmed in that province.China wrestles with poultry outbreaksChina has reported seven new outbreaks in poultry in less than 10 days, according to the English version of the Chinese People’s Daily Online on Nov 25. Outbreaks have led to the culling of about 17,000 birds in an Inner Mongolian village, according to a Nov 25 report China filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Bloomberg News reported on Nov 26 that China has had 27 poultry outbreaks this year.Romanian poultry case outside Danube deltaRomanian officials found the H5N1 virus in a remote village 70 miles from the Danube River delta, leading to a cull of roughly 17,000 poultry in the village of Scarlatesti, Reuters news service reported on Nov 26. Samples from a turkey in Scarlatesti were positive in initial testing in Romania; follow-up testing will occur in a laboratory near London, the story said.The cull in Scarlatesti led to the firing of two of the country’s chief veterinarians, Reuters reported today, after a television station aired film showing inhumane culling.A private TV station showed footage of a man wringing the neck of a goose and then throwing the bird into a fire. The Reuters report indicates some birds were not dead before being thrown into the flames.Animal rights groups were angered and said that Romania wasn’t complying with standards it must meet to succeed in its bid to join the European Union, Reuters reported. Poisoning with gas is a generally approved method for culling large flocks, Reuters said, citing experts who insist that any culling method must be safe, humane, and efficient.See also: WHO confirmation of 66th Vietnamese case’s Nov 25 and Nov 23 reports to OIE’s Nov 27 reports to OIE read more