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EPA gives states flexibility in cutting carbon emissions

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:36

The Obama Administration unveiled the first-ever regulation aimed at cutting carbon emissions from existing power plants. The president is using his executive powers to go after the country’s biggest source of carbon pollution.

The draft rule aims to cut carbon pollution from power plants 30% from 2005 levels by the year 2030. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the rule under the auspices of the Clean Air Act. The proposal also gives states flexibility in how they achieve their cuts.

“It doesn’t tell power plants exactly how to go about reducing emissions. It tells states to figure that sort of thing out,” says Jerry Taylor, who heads the libertarian Niskanen Center in Washington. “So it’s less command and control than one could imagine, but it’s more command and control than most economists would want to see in place.”

To meet their specific goals, the EPA is proposing that states could create compliance plans in which fossil-fuel burning power plants don’t bear sole responsibility for reducing emissions. In other words, states could reduce emissions by creating their own allowance trading programs, partnering with other states, increasing energy efficiency, or using more renewable energy.

The EPA projects that, in 2030, the rule “would result in net climate and health benefits” of up to $82 billion.

Durwood Zaelke of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development says the rule won’t solve the climate change problem, but it should spur innovation.

“This is also the best way to get experimentation. It may be that the state of New York, the state of Michigan, the state of California, finds the best way forward faster than another state,” he says.

That innovation, he says, will be crucial to combat climate change in the decades ahead. 

Children winched from stricken boat

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:35
A Royal Navy helicopter from HMS Gannet in Prestwick rescues two children from a stricken boat in the North Atlantic.

Wife 'found decapitated after row'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:29
A mother of two found dead in her living room had been decapitated, the Old Bailey hears.

'Trojan' governor is Ofsted inspector

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:29
Tahir Alam, put in the spotlight by allegations of extremist takeovers in Birmingham schools, has himself been working as an Ofsted inspector.

City faces 'Trojan Horse storm'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:27
Birmingham faces schools going into special measures

'Times' Reporter Must Testify About Source, Court Decides

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:27

The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from James Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times. Media outlets had hoped the court would grant greater protection to journalists.

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L.A. Kings Earn Shot At Stanley Cup With Win Over Chicago Blackhawks

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:15

The Blackhawks started off Game 7 with a 2-0 lead, but the Kings won it in a 5-4 thriller in overtime. Los Angeles will host the New York Rangers for Game 1 in the Stanley Cup Final this Wednesday.

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Webster replaces Agar at Wakefield

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:11
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach Richard Agar steps down and is replaced by former assistant James Webster.

Japan Fukushima ice wall work starts

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:10
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant starts building a large underground ice wall to isolate toxic water produced by the plant.

Arrests part of UVF murders probe

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:03
Four men are arrested by police investigating loyalist paramilitary murders in north Belfast.

Libya clashes: 18 killed in Benghazi

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 06:51
At least 18 people have been killed in fierce fighting between Islamists and a renegade general in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, medics say.

Chemical Weapons Law Doesn't Apply To Jilted Lover, Supreme Court Rules

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-02 06:48

Federal laws that were meant to prevent the international use of chemical weapons can't be applied to a woman who tried to poison her husband's mistress, the Supreme Court says.

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Former Bayern boss starts sentence

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 06:44
Former Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness has begun serving a three-and-a-half year jail sentence for tax evasion, his lawyers say.

Early Connery TV recording unearthed

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 06:43
A recording of an early TV appearance by Sean Connery, thought to have been lost forever, has been unearthed by the film's director.

A personal look back at WBOE

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-02 06:40

WBOE was on the air for 40 years, from 1938 until 1978.  It got its start producing and broadcasting instructional programming for the Cleveland Public Schools. Back then, its broadcast day would mirror the school day, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. In 1976, the year I began working there, the station was in the process of becoming a National Public Radio affiliate.  

Much of WBOE’s rich history has been preserved, including many 16-inch electrical transcription (E.T.) discs, which were used to record programs before reel-to-reel tape.  These large discs help 15 minutes of audio on each side, and would spin at 33&1/3 rpm.  The programs recorded in the WBOE studios were known as “soft recordings” because they needed to be played back with a tone arm that was significantly lighter than the one used on regular 78 rpm record players of the time. 

Public schools in the district were given special radios that picked up only WBOE’s broadcasts. There were programs for every grade and for every curriculum area.  

Cleveland school teachers, administrators and students were involved in the production of the programs,  most of which were read from scripts.  Some programs were broadcast live and recorded simultaneously for repeat later.  Others were pre-recorded.  Additionally, WBOE used the resources of other radio stations to access educational programming from the major radio networks. 

Imagine sitting in a classroom in, let’s say, 1949, with a film strip or Lantern slide projector projecting pictures on a screen while the narration is heard from the WBOE radio sitting on a table in the front of the classroom. Often a student would be asked to run the projector and advance to the next slide. 

I’ve worked to preserve WBOE’s history for decades, by keeping representative samples of programming and by transferring the 16-inch discs and reel-to-reel tapes to CDs. I have also offered to upload the discs onto the “Historical Archive” site of the CMSD website.  As I’ve listened to what I’m preserving, I’ve found numerous fascinating items, from lessons in the 1940s on dating etiquette to current events lessons covering World War II and more.

Life for murderer of 91-year-old man

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 06:35
A man is sentenced to life for the murder of a 91-year-old man, who died almost two months after an attack.

Blair urges Europe to 'reconnect'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 06:34
The UK must help the EU to change rather than just focusing on renegotiating its own membership terms, Tony Blair says.

Rape 'routine' in DR Congo prisons

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 06:23
Security officials "routinely" rape women in prisons in the Democratic Republic of Congo as punishment for their political activities, a UK-based charity says.

Second arrest in 2004 murder inquiry

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 06:22
A second man is arrested in connection with the death of man whose body was found in a field in Renfrewshire almost 10 years ago.

Will Qatar paper trail prove corruption?

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-02 06:19
Will Qatar paper trail prove bribery and corruption?
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