Sanders proposes drilling ban, stronger fuel efficiency standards

first_imgSen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today that the United States must learn a profound lesson from the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico and make certain we protect our oceans from future disasters and transform our energy system away from fossil fuels.Sanders introduced legislation that would ban offshore drilling along America’s ocean coastlines and increase fuel efficiency in American cars.The measure would prohibit drilling in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and along Florida’s gulf coastline. A moratorium on drilling in those areas that Congress approved every year since 1982 lapsed in 2008.Sanders’ bill also would set a fuel economy standard of 55 miles per gallon, up from an average of 35 mpg that American car makers must achieve by 2030 under current law.An outgrowth of an Obama administration push to stiffen the standards, the detailed requirement proposed by Sanders would bring the United States up to par with China, Japan, Canada, South Korea and nations in Europe that already have more aggressive standards than the U.S. In Europe, for example, cars already get the equivalent of 42 mpg and by 2020 cars in Europe will be required to get at least 65 mpg.The improved fuel economy would translate into a savings of $1.43 per gallon of gas.  Opening all of America’s coastal waters to drilling would yield such a modest boost in petroleum supplies that the price of gas would dip by only 3-cents a gallon.“Is 3-cents-a-gallon in the year 2030 worth the potential risk of another disaster like this?” Sanders asked. “I don’t think it is.”The legislation already has drawn support from leading national environmental groups, including Friends of the Earth. “As the Deepwater Horizon disaster shows, new offshore drilling puts our coasts at unacceptable risk,” said Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth.Source: Sanders office. WASHINGTON, May 27, 2010last_img read more

Tipp footballers’ aim is to ensure they stay in Division 3

first_imgTipp will be looking to win their first away game in the League after losses to Armagh and Fermanagh in the opening rounds. A win for the Premier County would see them safe from relegation and Tipp selector Michael O’Loughlin says his side’s primary aim for the campaign is to ensure they stay in Division 3. Throw-in at the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda is at 2 o’clock this Sunday and we’ll have live updates here on Tipp FM.last_img

Integrity Matters…BetStars joins ESSA membership body

first_img Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Khalid AliInternational betting integrity body ESSA has been boosted by the addition of Amaya Inc online betting subsidiary BetStars to its increasing roster of members. The inclusion of BetStars, takes ESSA’s current membership to 25 regulated betting operators covering many of the leading international brands.Joining the programme, BetStars will work ESSA partners to help combat match-fixing cases and sports integrity concerns c0-sharing information and intelligence, helping the distribution of vital information to relevant regulators and sporting authorities to take any action oif deemed necessary.Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA, stated: “BetStars’ decision to join ESSA is excellent news for all concerned and another important milestone for the association. Backed by Amaya, one of the world’s largest gaming groups with 108 million registered customers, the addition of BetStars brings clear advantages for ESSA and its alert platform. Whilst BetStars will benefit from access to a growing and effective operator run network focused on protecting its members’ businesses from fraud.”Zeno Osskó, Managing Director of BetStars, said: “BetStars is committed to keeping online betting fun and safe for our customers. The move to join ESSA underlines that approach and our determination to identify and tackle those that seek to manipulate sporting events against fellow consumers and responsible operators. We look forward to engaging closely with our partners within ESSA to maintain the integrity of sportsbook markets.”ESSA holds positions on match-fixing policy forums at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the IOC. player education programme with EU Athletes (seeESSA current programs include player education programme with EU Athletes (see here) and an international project, entitled “Keep Crime out of Sport”, led by the Council of Europe (see here); both receive funding from the European Commission.ESSA has recently released its Q4 and 2016 overview integrity report, available here. Share Related Articles Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Submitlast_img read more