On the Blogs: ‘I Have No Idea Who Would Put Their Money Here’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Think Progress:The Navajo Generating Station is facing a future familiar to many coal-fired power plants, struggling to compete with smaller, more nimble natural gas-fired generators, wind farms, and solar arrays.“You know the old saying, ‘You make money if you buy low and sell high’? They’re buying high and selling lower,” said David Schlissel, director of resource planning analysis at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).If the Navajo Generating Station shuts down, locals will lose some 800 jobs, both at the plant and in the nearby Kayenta mine, which supplies coal to the generating station. Facing unemployment rates upwards of 40 percent, the Navajo and Hopi tribes are eager to protect those jobs, to say nothing of the revenue the operation provides.“The Navajo Nation is so dependent on the jobs and the revenue for their budget. It’s really sad because, looking forward, it just doesn’t seem to be a sustainable economic enterprise,” Schlissel said. “I have no idea who would put their money here.”More: Embattled Navajo coal plant is a preview of what’s ahead as coal declines across the U.S. On the Blogs: ‘I Have No Idea Who Would Put Their Money Here’last_img read more

U.K. looks to boost offshore wind capacity to 30GW by 2030

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Britain plans to generate a third of its electricity from offshore wind farms by 2030 and boost the value of exports of offshore wind services and equipment to 2.6 billion pounds ($3.4 billion) a year, the government said on Thursday.Britain, which aims to lift industrial productivity as it leaves the European Union, is the world’s biggest offshore wind market with almost 40 percent of global capacity. On and offshore wind turbines met 17 percent of UK power needs in 2018.Britain now has total installed wind power capacity of 20 gigawatts (GW), with offshore wind farms accounting for 8 GW. Offshore capacity will reach 30 GW by 2030 under the plan.The country also hosts the world’s largest wind farm, Orsted’s 659 megawatt (MW) Walney Extension project, with 87 turbines, some of which can generate 8.25 MW each.Britain aims to close coal-fired power stations by 2025, as it seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The failure of some nuclear power plans has also encouraged the focus on offshore wind to fill the potential power gap.More: Britain targets a third of electricity from offshore wind by 2030 U.K. looks to boost offshore wind capacity to 30GW by 2030last_img read more

Legendary Bar leader Smith passes away

first_img August 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Legendary Bar leader Smith passes away Associate EditorOften called “the conscience of the legal profession,” Chesterfield Smith, a major force in law and politics who served as president of The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association, died July 16.Smith died from cardiopulmonary complications at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables at the age of 85.Smith practiced law for 55-years and was a founder and chairman emeritus of Holland & Knight.“A champion for civil rights, diversity in the legal profession, civility in law practice, and pro bono service for the poor, Chesterfield Smith left an indelible mark on the profession and will be truly missed,” said Bar President Miles McGrane “Chesterfield was always quick to remind us as lawyers that we have a responsibility to discharge our professional obligations to help provide access to the legal system to all our citizens and that all of us have a duty to take an active role in the civic and charitable life of our communities.”His good works and enterprising spirit earned him the nickname “Citizen Smith.”“He was a great teacher for me,” said former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. “He gave me the opportunity to participate in the legal profession in an extraordinary way,” noting that he appointed her to the ABA-Institute of Justice Administration Commission on the development of juvenile justice standards.“He was a lawyer’s lawyer and one of the finest lawyers, and, indeed, finest persons, I’ve known.”One of the most renowned lawyers in the country who humbled the mighty and gave voice to the common, Smith was best known as the outspoken leader of the ABA who made the first public call to investigate President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal.“No man is above the law,” was his simple and direct rationale that made the front pages of newspapers nationwide after the “Saturday Night Massacre,” on October 20, 1973. Those powerful words altered public discourse towards impeachment. Amid the controversy, Smith urged Congress to re-establish the office of special prosecutor and led the ABA in an effort to authorize an independent counsel to investigate President Nixon. Another former leader of the ABA, Leon Jaworski, was appointed, and he vigorously prosecuted the case against Nixon, culminating in appeals to the Supreme Court.In the end, Nixon resigned.Tom Brokaw, television news anchor, devoted a chapter to Smith in his 1998 book, “The Greatest Generation.” The chapter begins with Smith’s famous “No man is above the law,” and quotes Smith as saying: “We were the first large voice of a substantial organization to call for Nixon’s resignation.”Smith had been president of the ABA for only one month at the time and said he considered it one of his finest moments of a career full of great achievements marked by bold courage.Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead recalled Smith’s valor at that historical moment: “As ABA president, he stood up to the president of the United States just hours after the president virtually gutted his own justice department following its investigation of the Watergate burglary. Chesterfield’s famous statement, ‘No man is above the law,’ was no political gesture, but a plea to save the bedrock of our constitutional system, the rule of law. Whether the issue was the rule of law, racial justice, or funding the courts, Chesterfield Smith never stood on the sidelines.“This nation and the state of Florida have lost a great lawyer and public citizen with the death of Chesterfield Smith. I have lost a dear friend and role model,” Chief Justice Anstead continued.“Chesterfield Smith was the quintessential American patriot and lawyer. He remains Florida’s version of Atticus Finch standing firm for justice, who played out his life on a larger-than-life stage with real-world consequences.”Bill McBride, recent Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former managing partner of Holland & Knight, told The Tampa Tribune : “He was willing to look at something and call it by the right name. He never flinched. I’ve seen him with Supreme Court justices, presidents, Muhammad Ali, and he was the person who would tell you exactly the way things were. He didn’t care where the chips fell.”Smith loved to give rousing speeches in a booming voice, waving his hands like a fire-and-brimstone preacher and stirring up audiences with his candid remarks.Once, he told a group of law students about the ABA: “We are not a trade association. We are not a union. We are out to improve justice and its administration of society. If you don’t intend to work to improve the quality of justice, then I hope you flunk your exams.”Most recently, in January, he spoke at the Public Interest Law Section’s luncheon in Miami about advocating mandatory pro bono service, “which if unreasonably ignored warrants professional sanctions.”“We, as lawyers, cannot simply work for ourselves and our deep-pocketed clients,” Smith said. “We, as lawyers, must discharge our professional obligations always to help provide access to the legal system of all citizens.”Smith helped foster a strong community service and extensive pro-bono philosophy at Holland & Knight.Last year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsberg presented Smith with the Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award in a formal ceremony conducted in the Great Hall of the country’s highest court.“He has devoted his extraordinary talent and enormous energy to the improvement of the legal profession, to make the profession more honorable, more responsive to the people that the law and lawyers serve,” Justice Ginsberg said at the ceremony. “He is, in sum, among the brightest, boldest, bravest, all-around most effective lawyers ever bred in Florida and the USA.”Smith reaped laughter when he wove a homespun denouncement into his July 2, 2002, speech at Chief Justice Anstead’s swearing-in ceremony:“Occasionally, a ruling of this court was not to the legislature’s liking, and the legislature, too, has sometimes responded by changing the law and to overrule this court, first by escalating their rhetoric about eliminating the court’s authority to regulate the legal profession.“Dadgum that! With so much at stake, one branch of government simply must not wield power as to thwart the effective performance of our coequal and independent branch of state government.”Despite growing up in the segregated South in small town Arcadia, Smith had the courage to embrace social change. Unconcerned about the contrary opinions of others, he often spoke out against racial discrimination. Under his leadership, Holland & Knight became a model of diversity in hiring minorities and women.“It would be better to get a smart woman than a dumb man,” Smith is quoted in Brokaw’s book. The first woman hired at Holland & Knight was Martha Barnett, who later became president of the ABA.“He was one of those people who made a difference in my life, and I believe he made a difference in the lives of thousands of lawyers around the world,” said Barnett, calling from Belgrade, Serbia, where she was attending an ABA event.Barnett said she visited her special mentor shortly before he died, and he repeated advice he had told her time and time again over the past 30 years.“He was in a hospital in a terminal situation, and Chesterfield Smith was still thinking about somebody else and the law and the value of institutions and people. He told me: ‘Do good.’ He told me that a thousand times before, and that’s a legacy I will carry forward for the rest of my life,” Barnett said.“He may have been the most visionary, special lawyer we’ve had among our midst in our lifetime.”Smith fought in the European theater of World War II from 1940-45, earning a Bronze Star. After graduating from the University of Florida Law School in 1946, he returned to Arcadia and joined the firm of Treadwell & Treadwell. A short time later, he joined the firm of Holland, Bevis & McRae in nearby Bartow, and made partner in record time by representing Florida’s booming phosphate industry. That law firm later merged with the Tampa firm of Knight, Jones, Whitaker and Germany in 1968 and the new firm became Holland & Knight, now the country’s eighth largest firm.“Chesterfield’s passing is not only a loss to the Holland & Knight family, which he dearly loved, but to all lawyers and all who love the law around the world,” said Holland & Knight Managing Partner Howell W. Melton, Jr.By the mid-’60s, Smith was fully immersed in the legal profession and state politics. He was elected president of the Bar in 1964 and advocated passionately for the Clients’ Security Fund to pay restitution when a lawyer embezzles a client’s funds.“Can a lawyer’s professional colleagues cleanse themselves simply by disbarring the offender? Can they shrug off the consequences of his dishonesty on the grounds that the clients who trusted him exercised poor judgment in their selection of an attorney?. . . . Something more is expected than a polite expression of regret,” Smith wrote in the December 1964 Bar Journal. “Restitution to clients who suffer from lawyer embezzlements, at least partially, seems to me to be the answer.”Marshall Cassedy, executive director of The Florida Bar at the time Smith served as president, described him as a “dynamo who worked so hard and set such a high standard. He was enthusiastic, liked to attack challenges, and he had no fear.”It was Smith, Cassedy recalled, who spearheaded the campaign for funds to build The Florida Bar center in Tallahassee, and “that effort was duplicated by many other state bar associations throughout the United States.”From 1965-68, Smith served as chairman of the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, which revised and redrafted Florida’s Constitution and brought an end to the “Pork Chop Gang,” a group of powerful rural Florida legislators who, for years, controlled state government by malapportionment.Smith is survived by his wife of 16 years, Jacqueline Allee, and two children living in Tallahassee, Chesterfield Smith, Jr., and Rhoda Smith Kibler. Legendary Bar leader Smith passes awaylast_img read more

Do I even need life insurance? 5 effective ways to market to your consumers

first_imgYou have probably heard these questions before:‘Why do I need life insurance?’‘How much is this going to cost?’‘What is the difference anyway?’‘That will probably never happen to me.’ According to a 2018 report from the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association (LIMRA), 35% of households would struggle financially within one month if their primary wage earner died. Yet finance companies still struggle with developing a marketing strategy that convinces consumers how they could benefit from protections addressing these financial risks.According to the American Council of Life Insurers, life insurance is a $12 trillion industry. In 2018, 10 million new policies were purchased, the average individual was insured for $168,000, and 40% of policies were written as term life coverage. As providers, we understand these products can be essential for consumers,  assisting with burial and final expenses, providing income support, and transferring wealth to family left behind. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Voters head to the polls in Tioga County

first_img“Here in our hometowns that’s where it starts, we’re a nation made of a bunch of states put together so it’s changing your state one at a time and then eventually we can have that national change,” he said. Voters cast ballots in the Republican Primaries for the 22nd Congressional District and the State Assembly’s 124th district. Also on the ballot, locall,y was the Republican Primary for Candor Town Justice which was a three way race between Mari K. Townsend, George R. Williams and Leslie P. Shwartz. Zachary Harding of Owego cast his ballot at Owego United Methodist Church and tells 12 News that he came out today because he feels it is important to remember that everyone has a choice when it comes to our future. OWEGO (WBNG) — Voters headed to the polls in Tioga County Tuesday with safety guidelines in place due to the coronavirus. Voters were asked to practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer before voting and staff were required to clean machines and touch points throughout the day. center_img Owego’s William Wunder echoed that statement. “All of the races are important, It’s people’s choice to try to get the people in there that we’d like to have and have things run the way we’d like them to be run,” he said. Masks were required, however, voters who were unable to wear them for health reasons were not turned away.last_img read more