Thursday, November 13, 2014

Energy, Security, and Climate » What the Big U.S.-China Climate Announcement Means

by Michael Levi
November 12, 2014
The U.S. target looks like it’s going to be really tough to meet without new laws.The United States promised to cut emissions 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and to try to get to a 28 percent cut. (Notice a pattern – baseline and stretch goals – between the United States and China?) If the United States hits its current target – 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 – on the head, it will need to cut emissions by 2.3-2.8 percent annually between 2020 and 2025, a much faster pace than what’s being targeted through 2020. That is a mighty demanding goal. It will be particularly challenging to meet using existing legal authority – which the administration says can be done.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Henan power supply officials plunge county into darkness after drunken KTV brawl

James Griffiths
According to the official Xinhua News Agency, a group of staff working for a local power supply station run by state-owned power giant State Grid Corporation were out drinking at a karaoke bar in Qixian county on November 2.
After buying and consuming several bottles of expensive liquor and crates of beer, the group demanded another round on the house. When staff at the bar refused, the power station posse began smashing up the room.

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