FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Joby Warrick and Steven Mufson:In a town famous for news leaks, the Supreme Court managed to deliver a genuine surprise when it moved this week to freeze the Obama administration’s signature regulation on climate change, raising doubts about U.S. promises to cut pollution blamed for Earth’s warming.But although Tuesday’s ruling startled the White House and rattled U.S. allies, it appears to have had little effect on the electricity providers most directly affected by the Clean Power Plan. About 48 hours after the court’s decision, major utility companies are reacting to the move with a collective shrug.Executives for electricity producers and industry trade associations say they expect little deviation from what was already an industry-wide move from coal-burning to cleaner and cheaper forms of energy to produce electricity. The shift is likely to accelerate further in the near future, industry officials and analysts said, meaning that many of the administration’s carbon-cutting goals may be met regardless of what courts and lawmakers ultimately decide to do.“Electric utilities are investing in clean energy and pursuing energy efficiency,” Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, the largest trade association of electricity providers, a gathering of Wall Street investors less than a day after the Supreme Court announced its stay on the Clean Power Plan.Institute officials said the court’s 5-4 decision “doesn’t really change anything” in an industry in which nearly all new electricity generation is coming from wind or solar facilities or from hyperefficient generators that burn natural gas. “You can’t simply put the genie back in the bottle when it comes to major strategic investments that the captains of industry are making,” said Quin Shea, the institute’s vice president for environment.Full article: Move to cleaner power is proceeding, regardless of Supreme Court’s ruling A ‘Collective Shrug’ Over Supreme Court Stay of Pollution Rules
“I would like people to look back and be glad about the kind of New Zealand we have created together.” “I know people will say these social issues you’re conservative on but I don’t think I necessarily regret the decisions I made by assessing the evidence at the time. “Take gay marriage, now I understand the depth of feeling around those issues, would I change it (the current law)? “No I wouldn’t ‘If I think about it I’ve had a few’ – Simon Bridges talks political regrets and gay marriage stanceTVNZ One News 28 February 2018Family First Comment: One day (hopefully), a political leader will stand up and say “I voted against same-sex marriage. I still would. Parliament chose to reject the obvious cultural and natural character of marriage and the subsequent creation and care of children, and made marriage just about partnership. The equality cause is not advanced by destroying institutions. Equality should respect difference, not destroy it. There was no discrimination in the law as it stood. We are now using the word ‘marriage’ to describe something else – not commonly or traditionally conceived, but conceived by politics and political correctness. As Metiria Turei rightly said in 2004 “Marriage as understood in our society, and as formalised in law, is a specific culturally and historically bound institution.”One day……www.ProtectMarriage.nzShortly after his appointment as the new National Party leader, Simon Bridges sat down with 1 NEWS political reporter Katie Bradford where he was asked about political regrets and some of his more conservative stances on issues of the day.Mr Bridges wasn’t given much time to reflect on his new role before answering some tough questions on his political views.“Regrets? Probably if I think about it I’ve had a few,” he said when asked if he had any in politics. “Would I go back and change my vote, yes I probably would,” Mr Bridges said. Being voted in as National leader yesterday means he is one step closer to achieving his dream.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/if-think-ive-had-few-simon-bridges-talks-political-regrets-and-gay-marriage-stanceKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. When asked for an earlier 1 NEWS NOW article what he would like his legacy to be if he manages to become Prime Minister, Mr Bridges said: “I want to ensure New Zealand is a growing, dynamic, exciting place in the 2020s where people have opportunities.