first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wisconsin State Journal:One of Wisconsin’s largest utilities has set a date for giving up coal.Congratulations to Alliant Energy for helping to lead our state and nation into a clean-energy future, despite a president who would rather ignore science and steer America’s power supply backward.Alliant, a Madison utility company serving customers in parts of Wisconsin and Iowa, announced plans this month to stop burning coal for electricity generation by 2050. That’s more than three decades from now, and some environmentalists complain the timeline isn’t fast enough. But setting a date for giving up this dirty fuel that is filling our atmosphere with greenhouse gasses and warming the planet definitely represents progress.Alliant also has pledged to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, and to double its use of renewable energy sources by 2030. Alliant now fuels 33 percent of its power supply with coal. That will fall to 23 percent by 2024, and disappear by 2050, according to the utility. Alliant plans to supplant coal mostly with solar power — the cost of which has fallen by 70 percent in recent years. By 2030, Alliant plans to increase its use of renewable energy sources from 16 percent to 33 percent.Like Trump, Gov. Scott Walker has done little to position Wisconsin for a clean-energy future. Instead, these Republican leaders have ceded leadership — along with the economic benefits that come from innovation — to other states and countries, including China.The good news is that the private sector and the public is ahead of the politicians on this issue. And increasingly, those leaders who resist a smarter and more efficient power system will pay a price at the polls, especially with younger voters.More: No-coal goal is impressive, imperative Editorial: Alliant’s forward-looking coal phase-out plan is commendablelast_img read more

first_imgRiders of Rohan in the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Picture: PierreVinet/NewLineCinemaBUILT into the side of a mountaintop at Kingsholme, a unique Queensland home could easily play host to the Lord of the Rings’ Riders of Rohan. Think horses, 16.97 hectares of your own country and while you might not hold dominion over all you survey, the 360 degree views all the way to the ocean are certainly breathtaking. Windows across the front of the house take advantage of the vistas.“They started building the place bit by bit,” Ms Hintz said.“They used the blue stones from the property itself.”“It was about affordability and they just used the resources they had around at that time.” There are three paddocks for horses.Alas, if you’re thinking of making this your kingdom, or queendom, you may have to go back to the drawing board.The property has sold for $790,000 — with the new owner captivated by the jawdropping views.Guess we’ll just have find somewhere else to kick back, enjoy a glass of ale and pretend to be Aragorn.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe views go as far as the eye can see.LJ Hooker Ormeau agent Nicole Hintz said the outlook was jawdropping.“The views are spectacular. Every time I visited, I felt at peace and on top of the world.”She said the sellers had owned the land for more than 20 years, and built the house themselves. There is a modern kitchen among the rocks.The agent said there was even solid rock in the middle of the house that could not be removed, so they just built around it and incorporated it into the design.“It’s the centrepiece of the house,” she said.“Everybody would say it’s such a unique property.”The property has three horse paddocks as well as a sand equestrian arena — something sure to make any fledgling rider, be they of Rohan or not, happy. The property includes three horse paddocks, and a sand equestrian arena. Blue stone foraged from the property makes up some of the walls.It’s the perfect place to keep lookout for the Nazgul, although we can almost guarantee are no Orcs in the countryside here.Stones foraged from the massive estate are the defining feature of the home.last_img read more