It has been a busy week for Chris Huhne, Britain’s secretary for energy and climate change. On Tuesday he announced the government’s commitment to a 50% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. On Wednesday, he said the government would submit, for ratification by Parliament, guidelines for developing major energy infrastructure projects, including those based on nuclear power.As noted in a recent post by energy-and-metals news source Platts, the infrastructure-planning guidelines, called National Policy Statements, provide a framework for decisions on planning applications for such projects.Huhne has been mentioned by GBA for his advocacy of the Passivhaus standard, which he has said he would like to see adopted as the convention, rather than the exception, for new-home building in the U.K. as it strives to bring all new homes to zero-carbon performance.An attempt at green innovation in difficult economic timesHuhne now has his hands full, in any case. The U.K.’s attempts at economic recovery – while the government simultaneously imposes stringent budget-austerity measures and sets challenging energy conservation goals – are being closely watched. Meanwhile, Britain’s treasury department and some of the country’s business interests have pushed back against the emission-target commitments over worries they would reduce the U.K.’s growth prospects and international competitiveness.As noted in a recent overview posted by The Independent, the government also has cut funding for clean-energy technologies such as solar power, and the coalition government’s newly announced “green bank” – an entity established specifically to invest green technologies – will not be able to borrow money for renewable-energy projects until 2015 (although it does already have about $4.85 billion to invest).Still, the secretary has vowed to make the transformation to low-carbon living as economically palatable for businesses as possible, in part through shifts to nuclear power and offshore wind farms as the country reckons with its inventory of aging power plants.“We are demonstrating our desire to drive the changes needed to turn the U.K. into a dynamic, low-carbon economy that is attractive to investors in the new and growing low-carbon sectors,” Huhne said as he announced the carbon-reduction commitments during an address before the House of Commons. “We are also sending a clear signal to the international community: that the U.K. is committed to the low-carbon economy.”The next step will be to go from the legally binding commitments to concrete plans. It will be an interesting process every step of the way.
A Letterkenny man, who was found drink-driving a horse and trap at 2.45 in the morning has been sent to prison after his ‘luck run out’.On November 2, 2016, Danny Connors was observed driving the horse-drawn carriage between two lanes of the Neil T Blaney Road. Connors, who was ‘highly intoxicated’, sped off after being pursued by Gardai.Connors (44) of 7 Canal Road, Letterkenny, was sentenced to two months imprisonment after threatening Gardai with an iron bar and two glass bottles as they approached him.Connors, who has 31 previous convictions, dismounted at Canal Road and held up an iron bar to Gardai, Inspector Sean Grant said.Connors then picked up two glass bottles and waved them at the approaching officers, who pepper sprayed and arrested the defendant.Defence solicitor Michael Shiel said Connors ‘was dying to take the horse out’.“He got the horse a day or two before it,” Mr Shiel told Letterkenny District Court.“I asked him why he took the horse and trap out at half-past two in the morning. He hadn’t had a chance to take it out and he was dying to get out on the horse.“He realises that it was an act of lunacy. It was a crazy act to do. He had drink taken and his judgement wasn’t the best.”Asked why he had taken off when Gardai attempted to stop him, Connors claimed he couldn’t control the horse and he tried to steer back home.Connors pleaded guilty to the charges of attempting to drive an animal-propelled vehicle while drunk and resisting arrest.“This incident is particularly graphic,” said Judge Paul Kelly. “He took an unfortunate animal out in that condition onto an extremely busy road at that out of the morning.“He then tried to get away from Gardai and picked up a bar and bottles. His luck has run out.”Judge Kelly sentenced Connors to two months in prison and issued a fine of €250.Recognisance in the event of an appeal was set on Connors’ own bond of €400.Letterkenny man drink-driving on horse and trap sent to prison was last modified: April 14th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Canal RoadDanny ConnorsInspector Sean GrantJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtMichael ShielNeil T Blaney Road
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