The Daily Populous

Thursday August 10th, 2023 day edition

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Power markets have witnessed a precipitous drop in coal-fired generation this year, driven by low natural gas prices, a mild winter and a wave of coal plant retirements.

“From a coal perspective, it has been a disaster,” said Andy Blumenfeld, an analyst who tracks the industry at McCloskey by OPIS.

Wind and solar sources generated a combined 252 terawatt-hours through the first five months of 2023, compared with coal output of 249 TWh, EIA data shows.

“Our official estimates from the Electric Power Monthly show that combined electricity generation from wind and solar exceeded generation from coal in January, February and March,” he said.

While coal was declining, wind and solar have been growing by leaps and bounds.

Power companies added 22.5 GW of wind and solar capacity in the 12 months ending in May, EIA reported last week.

Coal accounted for 55 percent of power sector emissions in 2022, according to EPA data, despite representing just 20 percent of total power generation. »

Abortion rights have won in every election since Roe v. Wade was overturned

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Anti-abortion advocates scored a big win on June 24, 2022, when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

In others, they've rejected measures that would weaken protections or make explicit in the state constitution that abortion rights are not protected.

Votes on these ballot measures are being closely watched, as both Democrats and Republicans figure out how abortion will play into the 2024 election. »

Russians ask people not to burn down military enlistment offices, blaming "Ukrainian scammers" for it

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The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has claimed that "phone scammers from Ukraine" are forcing Russians to commit sabotage and terrorist attacks.

Source: Interfax, a Russian news outlet, with reference to the press service of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Since the end of July 2023, more than 30 military enlistment offices have been set on fire in Russia. »

6-year-old boy who shot his Virginia teacher said "I shot that b**** dead," unsealed records show

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The 6-year-old boy accused of shooting and seriously wounding his first-grade teacher in Virginia last winter later said, "I shot that b**** dead," according to newly unsealed redacted search warrants.

A reading specialist was restraining the boy when officers arrived at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News on Jan. 6, according to the documents.

The search warrant also details efforts to get school records about the boy from Child Protective Services and Newport News Public Schools. »

Pastor alarmed after Trump-loving congregants deride Jesus' teachings as 'weak'

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Evangelical Christian leader Russell Moore revealed this week that many evangelical pastors have become alarmed that their Trump-loving congregants have become so militant that they are even rejecting the teachings of Jesus Christ.

"And what was alarming to me is that in most of these scenarios, when the pastor would say, 'I'm literally quoting Jesus Christ,' the response would not be, 'I apologize.'

"When we get to the point where the teachings of Jesus himself are seen as subversive to us, then we're in a crisis," he said. »