Clean Power Plan Presents New Opportunities for Pennsylvania Energy August 03, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy, Energy, Environment, Press Release Harrisburg, PA –The Environmental Protection Agency today released the Clean Power Plan. Pennsylvania will use this as an opportunity to write a plan that could improve public health, address climate change, and improve our economy and power system. Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection will give all stakeholders every opportunity to provide input into drafting a Clean Power Plan that is tailored to fit Pennsylvania’s economy.“My administration is committed to making the Clean Power Plan work for Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “Working with the legislature, industry leaders and citizens we will create a plan to ensure these new rules are applied fairly, allow for adjustments, and that they create economic opportunities for the commonwealth’s energy economy. Today’s plan sets ambitious but achievable goals for reducing carbon emissions statewide and addressing climate change in fair and smart ways that takes into account legitimate concerns of all parties.”“Pennsylvania is a leader in energy, and we need to do everything in our power to advance the next generation of energy production while protecting jobs in Pennsylvania,” continued Governor Wolf. “Clean coal is a part of our energy portfolio, as is natural gas, solar, wind, and other sources of power, and all of this has to be part of a comprehensive strategy. My administration looks forward to working with industry leaders and legislators as well as citizens to find the right balance and develop and effective and responsible state plan.”Pennsylvanians will have multiple options for input as the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) formulates a state-specific plan to comply with the EPA rule. A public comment period on the EPA rule will begin in early September, with additional comment periods over the next three years as the Pennsylvania plan is drafted and finalized.“We will make certain that we craft a Pennsylvania solution that protects the state’s vital role as a net electricity exporter,” said DEP Secretary John Quigley. “Our strategy must ensure we are protecting our diverse resources and creating economic opportunities. We’ll explore different methods of reaching the required reductions, options of partnering with fellow states, and other considerations.”DEP staff have already begun assessing the implications of the Clean Power Plan through the National Governors Association Policy Academy, which is developing detailed economic modeling to find solutions that meet Pennsylvania’s needs. These modeling exercises will continue now that the details of the plan have been released.“Cutting pollution from power plants, utilizing natural gas, supporting nuclear power plants, increasing the amount of renewable energy in Pennsylvania, and improving energy efficiency statewide all can fight climate change and be an economic driver,” said Sec. Quigley. “When our businesses upgrade power plants, install solar panels or improve energy efficiency, that’s a win for the environment and a win for Pennsylvania’s economy.”The Clean Power Plan sets a nationwide goal of cutting carbon emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030, with progress towards those reductions by 2022.“Pennsylvania is committed to achieving our target emission reductions, and we will develop the right tools and smart policies to do so,” said Quigley.The final EPA rule will be published in the Federal Register on September 4, 2015, and public comment will be available for the following 60 days. Public hearings will also be held across the state, with details to be released.
A number of Ghanaians were in action this weekend for their various sides in Europe’s top two competitions this week. Here’s how they got on.TuesdayMajeed Ashimeru was a late substitute for Red Bull Salzburg as they saw out the last few minutes of their Champions League campaign. He came on in the 90th minute with Salzburg already 2-0 down at home to Liverpool.Forward Joseph Paintsil played 90 minutes for Genk but they were thrashed by Napoli 4-0.WednesdayThomas Partey played the full game for Atletico Madrid as they beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0 to secure their spot in the Champions League knockout stages.Red Star Belgrade’s Richmond Yiadom Boakye came off the bench in the 65th minute as his side lost 1-0 to Olympiacos and were knocked out of the competition.ThursdaySamuel Tetteh came off the bench in the 64th minute for LASK Linz in their emphatic 3-0 win over Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League.Nana Asare played the full 90 minutes for Gent in their 2-1 win over Oleksandria.Abraham Frimpong played the full game for Ferencvaros but was yellow-carded in the 27th minute in their 1-1 draw at Ludogorets.Caleb Ekuban has been in fine form for Trabzonspor in the Europa League but he was unable to help them as they lost 2-0 to Basel. He was replaced in the 78th minute.
MASON CITY — With schools either being closed or being moved to online learning, as well as the constant stream of pandemic updates in the news, how can you make sure children are making sense of the situation? Central Rivers AEA school psychologist Dr. Dana Miller says it’s important that parents are reassuring and honest with conversations, and that they are also developmentally appropriate. She says kids often hear bits and pieces of information, but not sometimes have a complete understanding. “What we tend to do as people is when we hear bits and pieces, we fill in the blanks with other information that may or may not be factually correct. Oftentimes when children fill in the blanks, they tell themselves a story that is often much worse than what is actually happening. It’s important that when we are talking with children that we are just factually and developmentally appropriate.”Miller says parents should be asking kids what their feelings are about the situation. “That is probably one of the most important questions we should be asking, because quite frankly their feelings can differ from child to child. Check in and see where they are, and see if they are scared, or anxious, or even upset that they are no longer able to go to school and be around their friends, and then validating that whatever they feel, that is ok. They have the right to feel that and they are not alone in that feeling. Also make sure they understand that adults are feeling very similar things, so we are all in this together.”Miller suggests sheltering your kids from the news as a way to help curb their anxiety. “Oftentimes when kids are hearing things on the news or through social media, it increases the anxiety they are experiencing for a number of reasons. First, they may not understand exactly what they are saying or what is happening. Second, just the more we repeatedly hear it, the more intense or real those feelings are of the anxiety and fear.”Miller says parents and caregivers should try to keep kids busy while they are cooped up at home. “When we are talking about kids, just making sure that we have some routine in place so they know what’s coming throughout the day, they know the types of activities they can engage in. Planning some activities with the parents is crucial. When we have a routine, and we’ve upset the routine for our kids that are used to being in school right now, and sometimes there will be some behavioral challenges, and having a routine and making sure children understand what the day is going to bring, it really decreases their anxiety and results in parents, children and caregivers having a good day.” Miller says there are some good websites that can also offer additional support and advice:How to talk to children about the COVID-19 Pandemic- National Association of School PsychologistsSupporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis– Child Mind InstituteHelping Children Cope During and After a Disaster – CDCManaging Stress and Anxiety– CDCTaking Care of Mental Health During the Face of Uncertainty: Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak– American Foundation for Suicide PreventionCoping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event- CDC