Month: December 2020

  • Kentucky coal mining jobs continue to decline

    first_imgKentucky coal mining jobs continue to decline FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Lexington Herald-Leader:Two years since Donald Trump carried every Kentucky coal county by whopping margins after promising miners would go back to work if he became president, the state has fewer coal jobs.Coal employment averaged 6,550 in Kentucky in the first quarter of 2017 when Trump was sworn in, according to the state Energy and Environment Cabinet. The estimated average in the July-through-September quarter this year was 6,381, according to a cabinet report released this week.Of those jobs, 3,851 were in Eastern Kentucky and 2,530 were in the state’s western coalfield. Both regions had fewer jobs than in early 2017.The number of coal jobs varies from quarter to quarter in Kentucky and has been higher at times since Trump took office. The picture is mixed among counties, with some having more jobs and others less than when Trump took office. But overall, the numbers show there has been no sustained increase in coal employment in the state. Coal jobs in Kentucky topped 18,000 in 2011.Nationally, there were about 1,900 more coal jobs In October than when Trump took office, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the estimated national total of 52,600 coal jobs in October was far below the most recent peak of nearly 90,000 in late 2011.More: Trump promised to put coal miners back to work. Kentucky has fewer coal jobs nowlast_img read more

  • Ørsted, Equinor, EDF Renewables all bid for stake in New Jersey offshore wind market

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:At least three firms are interested in building offshore wind energy projects off the coast of New Jersey.The state Board of Public Utilities said Monday it received three bids Friday from firms interested in building wind projects, but it wouldn’t identify any of them. A Danish wind company, Orsted, said it submitted one of the bids.The state is seeking companies to build projects that would generate at least 1,100 megawatts of electricity. Orsted estimates that amount could power more than a half-million homes. Gov. Phil Murphy has made wind energy a priority, and hopes to have 3,500 megawatts in place off the state’s coastline within the next 11 years.Another company, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, says it’s interested in developing a project that could provide up to 2,500 megawatts. The firm, which is a joint venture between Shell and EDF Renewables North America, confirmed Monday that it applied as well.“Today is an important milestone in the state’s desire to build out its renewable energy portfolio,” said Thomas Brostrom, CEO of Orsted US Offshore Wind and president of Orsted North America. “As the global leader in the development of offshore wind, we are confident in our ability to deliver a comprehensive, competitive project that will help Gov. Murphy achieve his goal of 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030, while boosting the economy and creating jobs.”A third firm, Norway-based Equinor, has said it is developing an offshore wind project in New Jersey that it calls “Boardwalk Wind.” Company officials could not be reached Monday to confirm whether Equinor filed an application, but the company has spoken extensively in recent months about its interest in doing a wind energy project in the state, and it won a federal auction for an offshore lease site off New Jersey and Long Island, New York.More: 3 firms eye building wind energy turbines off New Jersey Ørsted, Equinor, EDF Renewables all bid for stake in New Jersey offshore wind marketlast_img read more

  • Report says U.S. clean energy investment hit record $64.2 billion in 2018

    first_imgReport says U.S. clean energy investment hit record $64.2 billion in 2018 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Led by investments in wind farms and solar arrays, clean-energy investment in the United States rose 12% to $64.2 billion in 2018, even as global clean-energy funding declined 8% to $332.1 billion, BloombergNEF said in a new report.The new record for annual U.S. clean-energy investment surpassed the previous high of $62.3 billion in 2011, and it contrasts with a 32% drop in clean-energy spending in China, to roughly $100 billion. Solar demand in China, the world’s leading renewable energy market, cooled in 2018 after the government curtailed incentives, leading to a global glut of solar panels and falling prices.Despite the downturn in China, global solar photovoltaic installed capacity rose to 109 GW in 2018, from 99 GW in 2017, according to the report, thanks largely to gains in Europe and emerging markets. Declining capital costs, however, drove global solar investments down 24% to $131 billion, while worldwide investments in wind energy rose slightly to $129 billion.Taking advantage of lower solar prices and demand for offshore wind farms, Europe ratcheted up its clean energy investments 27% in 2018 to $74.5 billion, as progress in Spain, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia helped to offset a 32% decline in Germany, the firm found.Installed solar capacity will continue to rise in 2019 despite the headwinds, to between 125 GW and 141 GW, said Jenny Chase, the firm’s head of solar research. Global energy storage additions will easily surpass 10 GWh for the first time in 2019, while electric vehicle sales will rise by 40% — a robust growth rate, but down from a 70% expansion in 2018, the firm added.More ($): Report: US clean energy investment hits record $64B in 2018 amid global declinelast_img read more

  • Peabody plans more cutbacks in U.S. coal production

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):In the face of recent operational setbacks and troubling global economic indicators, Peabody Energy Corp. told investors it is focusing on “value over volume” with sharp reductions in U.S. thermal coal production but increased attention to its metallurgical coal operations in the U.S. and Australia, as well as the country’s thermal mines.Peabody, the largest coal company based in the U.S., is cutting back on coal production from several of its U.S. thermal coal mines, including its flagship Powder River Basin mine, as it focuses on a new metallurgical coal acquisition in Alabama. The company reiterated that it continues to favor share buybacks over expanding volumes, although it is deploying significant capital, particularly for certain Australia mines and its U.S. metallurgical coal operation.Peabody announced in its Feb. 6 earnings release that it is reducing the target volume for 2019 coal production from its North Antelope Rochelle mine by 10 million tons compared to 2018 levels. The mine is the largest in the U.S. and produces thermal coal for the shrinking domestic coal-fired electricity generation market. The mine produced 98.3 million tons of coal in 2018 from the Powder River Basin and accounted for about 13.1% of all U.S. coal production in 2017.“At current market levels, we’re not generating margins we find acceptable for our investors,” Peabody President and CEO Glenn Kellow said of some of the higher cost coal coming out of North Antelope.“Peabody Energy generated significant free cash flow on strong pricing in the seaborne markets and deployed nearly $1 billion to share repurchases in 2018,” said Benjamin Nelson, senior credit officer and lead coal analyst at Moody’s Investors Service. “While strong export markets and fewer retirements of coal-fired power plants should help Peabody generate meaningful free cash flow again in 2019, we expect the company will continue to divert much of it to shareholders, rather than expand capacity amid long-term secular decline in the demand for thermal coal in the United States and competitive issues in the Powder River Basin.”The company also said it is “easing production across several complexes” in the Midwest due to unsatisfactory margins on coal sales, while its Western segment volumes are expected to decline year over year due to the announced closure of the Navajo Generating Station. The company’s base case assumes the associated Kayenta mine serving the power plant will cease production and sales in the third quarter.More ($): Peabody emphasis on ‘value over volume’ leads to cuts at US thermal coal mines Peabody plans more cutbacks in U.S. coal productionlast_img read more

  • Norway’s $1tn wealth fund to divest from oil and gas exploration

    first_imgNorway’s $1tn wealth fund to divest from oil and gas exploration FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, which manages $1tn (£770bn) of Norway’s assets, is to dump investments in firms that explore for oil and gas but will still hold stakes in firms such as BP and Shell that have renewable energy divisions.The Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), whose assets exceed those of rival sovereign wealth funds such as China’s, said it would phase out oil exploration from its “investment universe”.The strategy shift, on the back of advice from the country’s central Norges Bank, will affect 1.2% of its equity holdings, worth about 66bn Norwegian krone (£5.7bn).GPFG said the decision was motivated by a desire to protect the Norwegian economy by reducing exposure to oil price falls rather than climate concerns.It will retain stakes in fossil fuel companies as long as they have some involvement in renewable energy. Its stakes in large firms with renewable units include 2.4% of Shell and 2.3% of BP, because it believes they will play a major role in developing green energy.It will sell stakes in 134 companies, including UK-listed firms Tullow Oil, Premier Oil, Soco International, Ophir Energy and Nostrum Oil & Gas, all of which experienced a fall in share price after the announcement, knocking £130m off their combined stock market value.Tom Sanzillo, director of finance for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said: “These are very important statements from a big fund. They’re doing it because fossil fuel stocks are not producing the value that they have historically.“It’s also a warning to the integrated oil companies that investors are looking at them to move the economy forward to renewable energy.”He said GPFG’s investment strategy also “underscores that the fracking business model is unsustainable”.More: Norway’s $1tn wealth fund to divest from oil and gas explorationlast_img read more

  • Daily Dirt: February 20, 2013

    first_imgNational Parks Budget on the Chopping Block…just like everything else. If it takes effect on March 1, the sequester will slash $110 million from the National Park System budget for its 398 parks, monuments, and historic sites. The effects will obviously reverberate nationally, but for our region this could mean closing campgrounds in Shenandoah National Park or visitor centers along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Now, across the nation activists are pressuring Congress to figure out a solution to avoid the cuts. If they don’t parks across the nation could see less rangers, dirtier trailheads and unkept grounds. National Parks draw 280 million visits a year, making them one of the most public and accessible agencies affected by the sequester.More from the Washington Post.Blizzards Up, Snow Down?Recent studies on climate change is shedding some light on what we can expect in the coming years as a result of the gradual warming of the planet: more blizzards, but less snow overall. This news has most of the media, especially those on the right side of the aisle, into a frenzy and although it may seem contradictory, the science is sound. Warmer air is able to hold more moisture so when it does snow we will see more epic snow events like the ones we saw in New England this past winter. The AP explains: “A warmer world is likely to decrease the overall amount of snow falling each year and shrink the snow season. But when it is cold enough for a snowstorm to hit, the slightly warmer air is often carrying more moisture, producing potentially historic blizzards.” There you have it. More big dumps, less dumpage overall.More from Grist.orgBike Commuting Gender Gap ExplainedWhen it comes to commuting by bicycle, the ratio of men to women is often cited as 2:1 or 3:1, yet in most of Europe the ratio is fairly even. Why? Ohio State University’s Gulasah Akar may have the answer. A study conducted at his school revealed that the biggest concern for women on bikes is safety, including traffic concerns and a lack of bike lanes. These safety concerns were also present with the men surveyed, but not as much. Is it a sign of male machismo? Possibly, but the results of the study concluded that “women are less likely to feel safe” on a bike than a man. The recommendations from the researchers encourage campuses and cities to build more infrastructure for bikes – bike lanes and off-road bike paths – which should increase ridership in general, for both sexes.More at The Atlantic Cities.last_img read more

  • Beer Guide: Best Outdoor Bars

    first_imgWhat makes a good bar? It’s as difficult a question as “what makes a good trail?” or perhaps even “what makes a good spouse?” But we’ve all asked it. We’ve all pondered that deep, philosophical question, trying to quantify the quintessential characteristics that separate an average bar from an awesome bar. A deep beer list heavy on local brews? Certainly. A spacious patio? A hot bartender? It doesn’t hurt.One thing’s for certain: we’re all looking for that perfect place where we can sit in the sun, sip a local beer, and rest our shaky legs or gripped forearms. Because, ideally, The Good Bar is located near some epic adventure that will at least give us the illusion of earning our carbs. The staff at BRO is on a never-ending search for the quintessential Good Bar, scouring pubs near mountaintops and river valleys throughout the Southern Appalachians. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. Here’s a list of our favorites.Devils Backbone BreweryRoseland, Va.Whatever is on your mental checklist of Good Bar characteristics, Devils Backbone probably has it covered. DB won the Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year award at the Great American Beer Festival in 2012. As for a cool space to drink beer in the sun, how about a patio with views of Three Ridges? Located at the base of Wintergreen Mountain, for many people, Devils Backbone is in the middle of nowhere. To us, the brewpub is in the epicenter of awesome, with quick access to the aforementioned Wintergreen as well as Three Ridges and the Appalachian Trail. What really sets DB apart, though, is the Devils Backbone Adventures race series, a collection of off-road running and biking events that begin and end at the brewery and use the growing network of trails located on the brewery owner’s adjacent land. Or sign up for the more casual, monthly nighttime events where you’ll run with glow sticks beneath a blanket of stars. Drink your post-race beer on the side patio while listening to the sizzle of bratwurst and burgers cooking on the grill.Vibe: Western lodge—lots of wood, glass, animal heads in the pub, and wicking layers on the clientele.First, hit the…Race course. Take your pick of mountain bike or trail running races sponsored by and held at the brewery. If you’re not competitive, the A.T. and Three Ridges Wilderness are just a few miles away. And a road bike climb up Wintergreen Mountain is short but brutal.Pull up a chair next to…Weekend warriors fresh off one of the brewery’s races, just like you. Swap stories about bonking mid-race and soul-crushing mechanicals while waiting for the burgers and brats to cook.Order the… Wintergreen Weiss. Named for the formidable mountain behind the brewery, this Hefeweizen is as refreshing as the slice of orange you’re probably going to ask the waiter to put in it. This is the style of beer that inspired DB owner Steve Crandall to start his own brewery.Legend Brewing CompanyRichmond, Va.Before there was a craft beer scene in Virginia, there was Legend, the oldest brewery in the state, and one poised to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. Even if you have no respect for your elders, you have to respect Legend’s patio. The brewpub sits in Old Manchester, a warehouse and railroad district on the south bank of the James River that’s slowly converting to condos and lofts. From the 200-seat patio, you’ve got a shot of the rail yard below (not impressive), the James River beyond the trains (kind of impressive), and arguably the best view of Richmond’s downtown skyline anywhere in the city (very impressive). If it’s sunny, and anywhere near happy hour, the patio will be hopping.Vibe: Industrial chic, minus the chic. But in a good way.First, hit the…James River. You’ve got options. If you’re a boater, tackle the drops and play waves of the Lower James, in the heart of downtown, just a shuttle-bunny hop away. If you’re a biker or runner, hit the Buttermilk Trail on the 54-acre Bell Isle Park on the edge of the river.Pull up a chair next to…just about anyone. Legend is a popular post-session pit stop for boaters and runners alike, and if it’s sunny, it’ll feel like the entire city is crammed onto the deck trying to catch some rays and soak in the view.Order the… Lager. We love Legend because they have the balls to brew a lager, a beer most craft brewers dismiss because of its mass-production connotations, but the beer has a crisp finish and, at 4.8 percent ABV, is built for drinking in the sun after a day on the river.The Pourover PubWesser, N.C.The Pourover doesn’t just have a big deck. The whole pub is one big deck. This open-air bar feels a bit like an ocean side tiki hut, only it’s next to a river, and there are lots of people with Southern accents. The Pourover is the designated pub for the Nantahala Outdoor Center and sits right on the mighty Nanty overlooking the newly enhanced NOC Wave, the site of the 2013 Freestyle Championships. The NOC’s pullout for the class II-III river is just a short stroll across a pretty footbridge, which means this pub sees a lot of post-river action with rafters high on their first experience in rubber. On weekend nights, expect a more local crowd, as the pub is filled with resident boaters and gorge-dwellers who are psyched to finally have a proper pub to call their own.Vibe: Raft guide hangout meets German beer garden meets island tiki bar. It’s confusing, but it works.First, hit the…River. Duh! Yes, you can pick up the A.T. inside the gorge and the NOC has its share of mountain bike trails, but if you’re in the gorge, you should be boating the brutally cold Nantahala.Pull up a chair next to…Olympic boaters and families from Atlanta. The NOC is a breeding ground for some of the best paddlers in the South. It’s also the most popular river for family-friendly rafting trips. It makes for an interesting mix at this bar that overlooks The Wave.Order the…Pabst. Sure, the Pourover has plenty of local beer to choose from, but you’re in paddler ground zero, and when in Rome…Universal JointClayton, Ga.First, there are actually three Universal Joints (or U-Joint in the local vernacular), each located in a separate hip town (Decatur, Ga.; Asheville, N.C.; and Clayton, Ga.). Each restaurant has been installed into a renovated garage, so similarities between the three spots abound. But make no mistake, Clayton’s U-Joint comes out on top in terms of location, thanks to its proximity to the Chattooga River. The bar itself is worth the trip. Picture a huge patio on Main Street USA with big garage doors that are thrown open during the summer, blending inside and out. Add the killer burger menu and deep beer list, and you have a combo that’s unparalleled. Boat the Chattooga, drink at the U-Joint: that’s a summer-day bucket list all on its own.Vibe: Small town hipster hangout meets waterlogged river rat hangoutFirst, hit the…Chattooga River. No other river in the Southeast offers the Chattooga’s drop-and-pool whitewater and pristine wilderness setting. Want something more alpine? Check out the views from the peaks in Black Rock Mountain State Park.Pull up a chair next to…fun-loving river guides. Buy them a beer (or two) and get them to tell you their favorite stories from the trenches of guiding tourists down one of the burliest rivers in the South.Order the…Sweetwater 420. The beer list is varied and changes frequently, but you can always count on this (relatively) local pale ale on a hot day. If you’re hungry, you can’t go wrong with a burger, preferably covered in pimento cheese and topped with bacon.The BywaterAsheville, N.C.Bring your own meat. That could be the slogan for The Bywater, a tiny pub with a massive lawn that stretches toward the French Broad River.  On that lawn, you’ve got your cornhole, your horseshoes, your bonfires, your boat launch, and your grills. Bring your own burgers or brats or whatever, and feel free to fire it up. Food trucks show up most weekend nights, and the Bywater has become a popular takeout for boaters and tubers paddling a calm two-mile stretch of the French Broad. On weekends, you’ll find Asheville hipsters mingling with young families and boaters still wet from the river.Vibe: Neighborhood barbecue in the backyard we all wish we had, complete with boat launch.First, hit the…French Broad. There’s a calm two-mile stretch that takes you by The Wedge Brewery, if you’re looking for an extra pit stop. If you’re not a river rat, check out the relatively new singletrack at Richmond Hill Park, which twists and rolls on a knoll above the Bywater on the other side of the river.Pull up a chair next to…hipster families with kids named Tallulah and Stellar. The expansive, open lawn is irresistible on warm summer days.Order the…Pisgah Pale Ale. Local, hop forward and thirst quenching, Pisgah Pale is the unofficial official beer of summer in Asheville.Check out the rest of our Southern Brew Guide!last_img read more

  • Will Harlan on the Vibram Five Finger Legal Settlement and Barefoot Running

    first_imgYesterday every outdoor news wire and most mainstream media as well announced that Vibram USA agreed to pay a total of $3.75 million to consumers who bought its FiveFingers shoes to settle a 2012 lawsuit — alleging it marketed the shoes with unsubstantiated claims that they “strengthened muscles and prevented injury,” and played a major role in a world-wide barefoot running fad. Vibram has denied any wrongdoing in the case.Blue Ridge Outdoors editor Will Harlan just happens to know a little bit about barefoot running and the history of Vibrams Five Fingers. And, according to Harlan, “It’s never been about the shoes.”“What the Tarahumara taught us — and Born to Run emphasized — is that running form matters,” Harlan explained to me. “Every sport has fundamentals, and so does running. Running may look easy, but to do it well – and stay injury-free – requires practicing basic elements, like landing lightly and quickly on your midfoot, leaning forward, and engaging your core. No shoe — whether a minimalist Vibram or an ultra-cushioned supportive boot for overpronators—can prevent injury. The best that a shoe can do is give your feet and body the flexibility and protection needed to maintain healthy form. Vibram tried to capitalize on the minimalist shoe hype that followed Born to Run’s success, and they made claims that they shouldn’t have.”“I’m glad they’re getting a well-deserved slapdown. But blaming injury on a shoe is like blaming a strikeout on the bat. The Tarahumara wear sandals with similar tread to Vibrams, but they don’t get injured often because they have superb running form, instilled at a very early age. They dance down the trail, light and lithe, on the balls of their feet. Instead of trying to mimic their shoes, we should follow in their footsteps by improving our form. Ultimately, it’s about how we run, not what we are wearing,” Harlan said.The class-action suit was brought against Vibram in March 2012 when Valerie Bezdek filed a suit in Massachusetts claiming that Vibram deceived customers by advertising that their shoes could reduce foot injuries and strengthen foot muscles. According to the settlement, the company will also cease claiming the shoes reduce injury or strengthen muscles, and agrees not to assist others in making any health benefit claims about FiveFingers footwear or similar products.The $3.75 million will be used to reimburse members of the class suit, pay the costs of administering claims, and the plaintiffs’ counsel attorney fees. In exchange for accepting the proposed settlement, plaintiffs would release Vibram USA from all future claims related to the purchase of the FiveFingers during the claims period.According to retail point-of-sale data collected by SportScanINFO, the settlement represents a fraction of Vibram FiveFinger retail sales, which neared $160 million in 2011 alone.Vibram said in the settlement filed with the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts: “Even though Vibram expressly denies any wrongdoing, Vibram considers it desirable for these cases to be settled and dismissed, because this Settlement will finally put Plaintiffs’ claims and the underlying matters to rest and will avoid the substantial expense, burdens, and uncertainties associated with the continued litigation of these claims and cases.”SportsOneSource reported that under the proposed settlement, consumers who purchased a pair of the shoes between March 21, 2009, and the date of the first dissemination of summary settlement, or class, notice, will be eligible for a refund of up to $94 per pair up to two pairs. The class action settlement manager can require consumers submit proof they purchased the shoes during the claim period. The proposed settlement filed with the court notes that that, based on similar settlements, it is reasonable for class members to expect to receive between $20 and $50 per pair. More than two dozen models of Vibram’s shoes qualify.Any money left over in the settlement fund after payment of all claims and expenses shall be distributed to the American Heart Association with an “earmark relating to research regarding health benefits associated with running or exercise or substantially similar research, or such other beneficiary as the Parties and the Court shall agree at the time of the Final Judgment and Final Order.” Vibram has pledged not to lower its own donations or contributions to any entity, charity, charitable foundation or trust, and / or non-profit organization to recover the costs of the settlement.Interestingly, the settlement also calls for Vibram to establish a website where consumers can make their claims, and must post banner ads with the settlement information on a number of websites — including and Facebook — until it makes approximately 300,000,000 impressions.last_img read more

  • Quick Hits: September 2018

    first_imgBy Jed Ferris and Rachel HicksNine-Year-Old Girl Plans A.T. Thru-Hike for CharityAlexandria Amadoro from Hamburg, Pennsylvania, spent the summer training for an upcoming thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a journey she’s undertaking in an effort to raise more than $3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As a child, she saw a fundraising letter from the hospital and asked her parents why the child on the paper had no hair. When she found out about kids with cancer, she ran to her piggybank and wanted to make a donation. Now she’s hoping to make a much bigger one by blending her love of hiking with a desire to help others (Fundraising efforts have already started at“We always tell her to dream big so we have to support her,” Alexandria’s father, Eddie, told the Kutztown Area Patriot. Eddie will join Alexandria when she attempts a complete hike of the nearly 2,200-mile trail from Georgia to Maine next spring. Meannwhile, she’s been training on portions of the trail near home with day hikes and one 70-mile multi-day backpacking trip. She’s also been meeting current thru-hikers, and, with her family, assisting with acts of Trail Magic. Of getting acquainted with other A.T. hikers she said: “It makes me realize that you’re never alone, that you always have someone there rooting you on and that those hikers become your friends. You can really depend on them to be there when you need them.”Whitewater Center Adds Protected LandIn June, the U.S. National Whitewater Center added 193 acres to its gradually expanding property. With help from $1 million awarded by North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the recreation hub, located northwest of Charlotte, acquired the land in partnership with the Catawba Lands Conservancy. Through an easement, the land addition also grows the conservancy’s 1,060-acre Long Creek conservation area, which helps protect the watershed of the nearby Catawba River. The acquisition also added 1.5 miles to the steadily developing Carolina Thread Trail.Hurricane-Displaced Cyclist Gets Fresh Start in VirginiaAfter living with no electricity or running water for four months, a result of the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Andres Pertierra decided to it was time to leave his long-time home in San Juan, Puerto Rico. So in June he joined his wife, who moved ahead of him, to start a new life in Williamsburg, Va. To help himself get adjusted, Pertierra, 50, is planning to concentrate on his passion for cycling, particularly training aspiring riders. In Puerto Rico he spearheaded a program called PowerClad, which focused on cycling endurance and safety, and he recently started a similar group program in Virginia. Pertierra now leads riders every Sunday morning from the local Studio A Fitness, where his wife works. In a story in the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, he said teaching cycling is helping him get acquainted with his new home: “It feels weird because we’re in a brand new place but Williamsburg people are amazing, they are so welcoming.”Big Money: Jobs, Jobs, JobsOutdoor recreation generates 7.6 million national jobs, almost $900 billion in consumer spending, $65.3 billion in federal tax revenue and $59.2 billion in state and local tax revenue. In the South, recreation provides far more jobs than coal, oil, gas, or timber. Here is a breakdown of outdoor recreation revenue by state and how it compares to other industries.North Carolina   $28 billionOutdoor recreation generates $3.1 billion consumer spending than all financial services and insurance ($24.9 billion) in North CarolinaSouth Carolina   $16.3 billionOutdoor recreation provides 151,000 in South Carolina, which is 43,000 more jobs than the automotive industry and aerospace industry combined (108,000)Georgia   $27.3 billionOutdoor recreation provides 238,000 jobs in Georgia, which is 31,000 more jobs than the state’s entire auto industry (207,000)Alabama   $14.0 billionOutdoor recreation provides 135,000 jobs in Alabama, which more than twice as many jobs as the auto industry (57,000)Tennessee   $21.6 billionOutdoor recreation provides 188,000 job in Tennessee, which is 62,000 more jobs than auto manufacturing (126,000)Pennsylvania   $29.1 billion Outdoor recreation provides more than three times as many jobs in Pennsylvania (251,000) as the natural gas industry (72,000)Maryland   $14 billionOutdoor recreation sustains a comparable number of jobs in Maryland (109,000) to IT and cybersecurity (117,000)Virginia   $21.9 billionOutdoor recreation provides 197,000 jobs in Virginia, which is more than all of the software developers, web developers, and systems and cyber security analysts combined (105,000)West Virginia   $9 billionOutdoor recreation provides 91,000 jobs in West Virginia, which is nearly twice as many jobs as the coal industry (49,000)Kentucky   $12.8 billionOutdoor recreation provides 9,000 jobs in Kentucky, over twice as many as distilling (4,300)Bad Driver Fakes Jogging to Evade PoliceIn July, an unidentified 19-year-old man flipped his car in Madison, Wisconsin, and then tried to avoid responsibility after fleeing the scene by removing some clothes and pretending to be a runner. Police Chief Mike Koval told the Wisconsin State Journal: “The suspect driver fled and stripped some clothing, but was caught by officers after he initially claimed he was an uninvolved jogger.” Fortunately nobody else was involved when the driver hit a curb after over-correcting a turn; he was ticketed for failure to have control, hit and run, and operating a vehicle after license revocation. According to police, he was not impaired.“I love to rock climb in my spare time, and I think we’ve created something pretty special.”—Country music star Kip Moore on the opening of BedRock at the Red, his new hiking and climbing lodge located in Rogers, Kentucky, that offers prime access to the premier routes of the Red River Gorge.City Cycling Hazardous to Your Health?Initial findings of a recent study revealed cyclists are breathing in significantly more air pollution than people who are using alternative modes of transportation. The concern: inner-city pollution may be outweighing the health benefits of cycling. So far, dozens of cyclists in New York City have been recruited for the five-year study. They’re each wearing a gadget that measures how much soot they’re consuming per day. When soot penetrates deep into the lungs and bloodstream, it heightens the risk for respiratory illnesses like asthma and lung cancer. At rest, an average person breathes in eight liters of air per minute. While cycling, that increases to 70 liters per minute. Preliminary results have found that cycling behind cars increases pollution intake versus cycling beside traffic, so the study hopes to inspire more bike-friendly paths.last_img read more

  • Bolivia Sends Troops to the Brazilian Border

    first_imgBy Dialogo May 24, 2010 The Bolivian government has ordered the reinforcement of its military presence in regions bordering Brazil and Paraguay, where an increasing presence of Colombian drug dealers, assassins and gangs has been detected, said the acting president, Alvaro García. “The Armed Forces are the locomotive of the Constitution and the laws (and will serve) to provide a greater territorial presence and to put an end to the micro-armies of drug dealers and mercenaries that are beginning to grow,” Alvaro García affirmed. According to the acting president, Bolivia will form a “joint command in the Chiquitanía region (on the plains of the department of Santa Cruz, on the border with Brazil and Paraguay) to deploy several military units to this region.” “In the upcoming weeks and months we will be present to guarantee our territorial sovereignty,” García said upon referring to the regions that border on Brazilian and Paraguayan territory, where besides drug trafficking, there is also a large illegal trade in arms. The measure focuses particularly on the department of Santa Cruz, where increasing drug-dealing activity has been detected. In Santa Cruz, the most prosperous region of Bolivia, several cocaine labs directed by Colombians have been found in recent weeks, and six murders took place, including the murder of three Serbian bodyguards in what seemed to be a settling of accounts between drug dealers. García – who is temporarily replacing Evo Morales while he is traveling in Europe – said that the problem generated by drug trafficking “should not be allowed.” “This is why we need to deploy the military, which is at the forefront of the state’s presence,” he added.last_img read more