Green Cars – Clean Green Nappy http://cleangreennappy.co.uk/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 10:52:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1.png Green Cars – Clean Green Nappy http://cleangreennappy.co.uk/ 32 32 Ex-IndyCar driver Robert Wickens continues his Rolex 24 comeback at Daytona https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/ex-indycar-driver-robert-wickens-continues-his-rolex-24-comeback-at-daytona/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:57:41 +0000 https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/ex-indycar-driver-robert-wickens-continues-his-rolex-24-comeback-at-daytona/ It took him nearly 3 1/2 years, but Robert Wickens will return to racing on January 28, when he competes in the season-opening IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge (IMPC) at Daytona. When behind the wheel, Wickens will pilot his #33 Hyundai Elantra N TCR race car with hand controls attached to a secondary steering wheel. The […]]]>
  • It took him nearly 3 1/2 years, but Robert Wickens will return to racing on January 28, when he competes in the season-opening IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge (IMPC) at Daytona.
  • When behind the wheel, Wickens will pilot his #33 Hyundai Elantra N TCR race car with hand controls attached to a secondary steering wheel.
  • The driver says he is likely to be a wheelchair user for the rest of his life “as long as modern medicine and science stay where they are”.

    Shortly after a gruesome and near-fatal IndyCar accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down in August 2018, Robert Wickens vowed he would be back one day.

    It took him nearly 3½ years, but Wickens will keep his word on January 28, when he takes part in the season-opening IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge (IMPC), the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge race at the 24 Hours Rolex at Daytona Race Weekend.

    Robert Wickens has not raced since his tragic IndyCar accident in 2018.

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    “Today is a monumental day for us as a team and as fans of Robert Wickens,” Bryan Herta, president of Brian Herta Autosport (BHA), said in a statement. “We have followed Robert’s rehabilitation and marveled at his determination and dedication, as well as his many fans.

    “To announce now that he will be returning to professional motorsport in one of our Hyundai Elantra N TCR cars is truly incredible. We thank Hyundai for their incredible support and for helping us pave the way for Robert to get back to where it belongs. “

    Wickens will be teaming up for the entire IMPC season with fellow Canadian driver and 2019 IMPC Champion Mark Wilkins, essentially making it a Wickens-Wilkins show, so to speak.

    “I really wanted to make sure in my life where I am right now that it’s something I wanted to do,” Wickens said of his return to racing on a Friday conference call. “It didn’t take a lot of thought, but the most important thing was to put the pieces together, like a budget to compete.

    “To put all these pieces together took time, but with a lot of hard work and a lot of committed people, we got me where we needed to be.”

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    When behind the wheel, Wickens will pilot his #33 Hyundai Elantra N TCR race car with hand controls attached to a secondary steering wheel that underpins the primary wheel, and which essentially does everything normal foot controls do. , in particular braking (he controls his speed with the paddles on the steering wheel).

    When it comes time for Wickens to get out and hand the car over to his teammate, he will be assisted by crew members.

    “We made a fake driver change to get me out of the car, to see what we’re dealing with, and I was out in six seconds,” Wickens said. “So I’m pretty confident that we can keep working to reduce that time. I’m not worried at all about getting in or out of the car.

    There is apparently no time limit on how quickly a driver must exit a car during a pit stop. The IMSA regulations state: “The driver must be able to exit the car from the driver’s side and the passenger’s side in the event of an emergency to the satisfaction of IMSA.”

    Wickens expects he will drive between a minimum of 40 minutes in the four-hour race and a maximum of 3 hours and 20 minutes, also under IMSA rules.

    Once Wilkins replaces Wickens in the car, the former will quickly deactivate the push buttons on the bespoke undercover steering wheel that houses Wickens’ hand controls, returning the car to normal pedal control for Wilkins.

    BHA is a three-time IMSA IMPC Championship winning organization and has worked with Wickens for the past 18 months, including last May at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, when Wickens tested a Hyundai Veloster N TCR using manual controls, nearly 1,000 days after his near-fatal accident at Pocono Raceway on August 19, 2018.

    Wickens has been nothing short of miraculous in her recovery, including fulfilling a vow to stand up and dance at her wedding to Karli Woods on September 30, 2019, just over a year after her accident.

    The January 28 race will be another milestone in Wickens’ recovery. He will start the four-hour endurance race before giving way to Wilkins.

    “I’ve spent many nights thinking and dreaming about this moment, and with the support of Bryan Herta and Hyundai, it’s all coming true,” Wickens said. “I’m hungrier now than before my accident to compete for wins again.”

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    After serving as a Formula 1 test driver, Wickens roared onto the IndyCar scene in 2018 and immediately proved himself a force to be reckoned with:

    • Led from pole for all but the last two laps in the season-opening race at St Petersburg before being involved in a late-race crash that put him out of the race victory (he finished 18th).

    • He had four podiums in 14 starts before his sinking, including second places at Phoenix (the race after St. Pete) and Mid-Ohio, as well as third places in races in his hometown of Toronto and Indianapolis Grand Prize.

    • Was named Rookie of the Year at the 102nd Indianapolis 500 that season, finishing an impressive ninth.

    But all of the accolades — along with expectations of multiple wins to come — ended in a terrifying wreck on Lap 7 of the Pocono race, one of the most brutal IndyCar wrecks in recent memory.

    Wickens suffered a thoracic spine fracture, spinal cord injury, neck fracture, tibia and fibula fractures in both legs, fractures in both hands, right forearm fracture, a broken elbow, a concussion, four fractured ribs and a pulmonary contusion.

    He’s been on near-constant physical therapy ever since, with a

    perseverance and perseverance which has enabled him to achieve many breakthroughs and milestones in his recovery.

    Wickens will race next weekend’s Roar Before the 24 for the first time, essentially a prelude a week before the IMPC event, an undercard event for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona International Speedway.

    Wickens said he was at the point where he accepted his fate for the rest of his life.

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    Robert Wickens last raced in IndyCar at Pocono in 2018.

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    “Honestly, what you see is what you get,” Wickens said. “I’m at the point where my recovery has more or less plateaued in terms of neurological recovery. I haven’t regained muscle function anymore, so unfortunately it looks like I’ll be in a (wheelchair) chair for the rest of my life. life as long as modern medicine and science stay where they are.

    “It’s a good life, I was able to find a lot of function. I can get up and take a few steps with a bit of support, but as far as getting out of the chair for good, I don’t think that’s in my pipeline right now.

    And while he remains an advisor to the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team, a return to IndyCar racing seems less likely for Wickens, at least at present.

    “I was hoping they would move to a brake-by-wire concept, especially with the hybrid elements they include (in the new 2023 car),” Wickens said. “To my knowledge, I don’t believe they did, so we’re stuck in the same circle that we were originally.

    “I think anything is possible with the time, money and resources. It’s a big ask, a colossal ask, but honestly, I’m at the point in my life where if I ever go back to IndyCar, I’m very happy with it and really looking forward to the opportunity. that I have with Hyundai and Bryan Herta Autosport, to really get back behind the wheel and feel that hunger that I’ve had for so many years, looking sideways.

    “If things arise in the future, we will deal with them as they arise. But at the moment, I don’t see IndyCar as an option for my comeback. … It would take (the construction of) almost a unique Indy car, which I don’t know if other teams would agree with.

    Wickens returns to the driver’s seat during next week’s Roar Before the 24 practice sessions at Daytona International Speedway. He’s more than ready to rev his engine and get back to chasing after wins and championships.

    “My track record in the past speaks for itself, but I feel like I’m starting a whole new chapter in my story,” Wickens said. “I guess I haven’t forgotten how to drive, but I think until we’re green-flagged and racing wheel to wheel, we’ll see what we’ve got.”

    Wickens summed up his goals quite succinctly:

    “Aim big, right? Let’s go for the win. The goal is simple: try to win this thing. I feel like I was forced to leave in 2018 almost at the peak of my career I felt great I never felt healthier or stronger I felt like I was driving the best that I have ever driven. I want to start racing, I want to continue where I left off and at least fight for victory or the podium, if necessary.

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The case brought by environmental activists will be heard by the High Court in London https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/the-case-brought-by-environmental-activists-will-be-heard-by-the-high-court-in-london/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 11:27:00 +0000 https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/the-case-brought-by-environmental-activists-will-be-heard-by-the-high-court-in-london/ Demonstrators take part in the demonstration by climate campaign group Extinction Rebellion near Leicester Square in London, Britain on August 23, 2021. (Photo by Tim Ireland/Xinhua) On Wednesday, environmental campaigners launched legal action against Britain, alleging the government’s ‘pie-in-the-sky’ climate plan was ‘inadequate’ to deliver promised deep emissions cuts. Two environmental lobby groups, ClientEarth and […]]]>

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On Wednesday, environmental campaigners launched legal action against Britain, alleging the government’s ‘pie-in-the-sky’ climate plan was ‘inadequate’ to deliver promised deep emissions cuts.

Two environmental lobby groups, ClientEarth and Friends of the Earth, have announced that they have launched separate legal proceedings in the High Court in London against the administration of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The UK government, which is seeking to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 to help tackle climate change, insists it has set out detailed steps to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy.

In October 2021, the UK government presented a number of plans to put the UK on track to meet its climate targets. The financing of green cars, the end of gas boilers and the planting of trees are some of the main announcements.

Friends of the Earth, however, filed for judicial review challenging the plans, arguing they are illegal.

“With characteristic sleight of hand, the government has set out an imaginary path to reduce carbon emissions, but no credible plan to get there,” Friends of the Earth lawyer Katie de Kauwe said in a statement. communicated.

“A quick and fair transition to a more secure future requires a plan that shows how much greenhouse gas reduction the chosen policies will achieve, and by when.” we believe it is illegal.”

ClientEarth argued that the government’s “pie-in-the-sky” plan lacked credible strategies to adequately reduce emissions and was likely to take more drastic action later.

“It’s not enough for the UK government to simply have a net zero strategy, it must include real-world policies that ensure its success,” said ClientEarth lawyer Sam Hunter Jones.

In response, the government said it presented proposals to cut emissions in October, including a ban on new diesel and petrol cars by 2030.

He also cited plans to decarbonize power generation and make all new heating systems low-carbon by 2035.

“The UK has reduced emissions faster than any other G7 country in recent decades,” said a spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

“The net zero strategy sets out specific and detailed steps we will take to transition to a low-carbon economy.”

The High Court in London will later decide whether or not to allow a full hearing of the two cases.

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Microlino EV production starts soon https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/microlino-ev-production-starts-soon/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 16:50:39 +0000 https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/microlino-ev-production-starts-soon/ Production of Microlino 2.0 is expected to start in March 2022 in Turin, Italy, with the first deliveries expected in April or May. The bubble car will first be marketed in Switzerland, before spreading to other Western European markets. With an estimated range of 143 miles, when equipped with a 14 kWh battery, the Microlino […]]]>
  • Production of Microlino 2.0 is expected to start in March 2022 in Turin, Italy, with the first deliveries expected in April or May.
  • The bubble car will first be marketed in Switzerland, before spreading to other Western European markets.
  • With an estimated range of 143 miles, when equipped with a 14 kWh battery, the Microlino 2.0 could prove to be a popular alternative to other small electric vehicles as well as electric scooters and bikes.

    The bubble-shaped Microlino 2.0 will go into production in a few weeks, despite delays and disruption caused by the pandemic. Micro Mobility Systems has revealed that production will begin in March this year, following the model’s favorable debut at IAA Mobility in Munich last fall.

    The Isetta-style electric vehicle, designed and manufactured by a Swiss company, is expected to be produced in Turin, Italy, and go on sale in Switzerland later this year before wider deployment in Europe. The two-seater will have a 25bhp engine powered by a choice of three batteries, offering capacities of 6, 10.5 and 14 kWh, which should be good for 60, 109 and 143 miles of range, respectively.

    Micro Mobility Systems says it is already producing pre-production samples for testing and process optimization, despite some component shortages. The company expects the first customer samples to be delivered in April or May. The configurator, meanwhile, is expected to go live in February, with the company reporting more than 24,000 bookings in fall 2021.

    “Our goal was to deliver the first vehicles to customers by the end of the year. [2021] but the chaos of the global supply chain affects us like many other automakers, “the company said.” Despite our preparations to order critical parts well in advance, the situation has worsened and is now affecting many people. more and more parts. Now even basic parts like simple connectors for the wiring harness have become scarce and have lead times of up to 50 weeks! “

    The company shared a short video revealing some of the Microlino’s production hardware, including a stamping press and assembly robots.

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    The bubble car will not actually be classified as a car in the EU, but rather as a quadricycle, allowing for more liberal clearance, but its top speed of 56 mph will also keep it off the highways. With a starting price of around $ 14,000, the Microlino 2.0 could be a popular alternative to other low-range EVs and electric scooters, as well as some actual electric cars with similar ranges.

    For example, the longest trim level of 143 miles might eclipse the lineups of some larger EVs like the Mini Cooper SE and Mazda MX-30, but will be much cheaper to buy and use for city driving. , while taking a lot of distance. less parking space than even something relatively small, like a Volkswagen ID. 3. These range figures are unofficial at the moment, but given its modest energy requirements, a small and light vehicle can extend its range beyond larger EVs, even with a smaller battery.

    “The long-awaited online configurator is almost ready and will be launched in February, the first driving tests will follow shortly after,” the company added. “In addition to the three Urban, Dolce and Competizione editions that we have already unveiled, we will present the exclusive limited edition of the first 500 Microlinos ever produced, called the Pioneer Series. “

    Micro Mobility Systems has no plans to offer the Microlino 2.0 in the United States at this time, and given the reception that small power hatches have received, that might seem logical enough. The main constraint for its manufacturer at the moment is the production capacity in Turin, given the demand in Europe. It will be some time before the Microlino is ready for other global markets, more user-friendly for small electric vehicles, with the company prioritizing Western Europe.

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Electric Trucks, AI Birds, and Lunar Alexa: Washington Businesses Hit CES https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/electric-trucks-ai-birds-and-lunar-alexa-washington-businesses-hit-ces/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 13:57:00 +0000 https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/electric-trucks-ai-birds-and-lunar-alexa-washington-businesses-hit-ces/ This year’s CES tech show was a little different. Concerns about the pandemic have meant that most of Washington’s top tech players haven’t made the annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas, where the world’s biggest electronics makers typically launch new merchandise. That didn’t stop several Northwest businesses from making a splash by making the trip. Among […]]]>

This year’s CES tech show was a little different. Concerns about the pandemic have meant that most of Washington’s top tech players haven’t made the annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas, where the world’s biggest electronics makers typically launch new merchandise.

That didn’t stop several Northwest businesses from making a splash by making the trip. Among them was the Bellevue truck maker PACCAR, which introduced another zero-emission vehicle offered under its Kenworth brand.

The truck, the Kenworth T680E, has an estimated range of 150 miles and is designed for regional work. It will be available as a tractor or box truck. According to PACCAR, it can be fully charged in about three hours.

“Kenworth is leading the way in zero emission solutions,” said Kevin Baney, Managing Director of Kenworth and Vice President of PACCAR. The truck, he continued, “provides our customers with a true zero emission solution that will help them meet their own green program goals.”

The T680E is the third and largest electric vehicle offered by Kenworth. The company started taking orders for all three last year and has recorded more than 50 orders to date. PACCAR also produces charging stations for electric vehicles.

Also at CES, Parrots, a Spokane-based medical device startup, showcased “Polly,” an AI parrot that helps people with disabilities communicate and live independently, reported The Spokesman-Review.

The device can be perched on a wheelchair or on a bedside, and when paired with a laptop or tablet, provides a 360-degree view for users. The device tracks eye movements to predict user needs – it can see orange juice on a table during breakfast and predict when a user wants a drink.

Parrots, who was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Association of Washington Business in 2021, shared space with six other Washington-based companies at CES in a booth hosted by the state Department of Commerce. The Seattle startups included: iUNU, a manufacturer of environmental sensors; Kirio, a maker of home control software; food delivery technology developer Minnow Technologies; and Picnic, a food automation company. Bothell-based video tech maker Pictory.ai, which on Tuesday secured $ 2.1 million in backing from FUSE, Voyager Capital and several angel investors, also took to the Commerce Department’s booth.

“Short video is emerging as an industry standard for many business use cases, particularly in marketing and social media,” said Kellan Carter, general partner of FUSE, a capital firm. venture whose list of partners includes Seattle Seahawks star linebacker Bobby Wagner. “Pictor is led by a world-class team who have already created and successfully developed software companies. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the Pictory journey.

Major Washington tech players also attended CES, albeit virtually. Microsoft introduced a new computer chipset designed for augmented reality glasses, while Chinese electronics maker TCL Technology announced that Bellevue-based T-Mobile would be among the first US companies to offer its phones at low prices. awards later this year.

Amazon has touted changes to Amazon Web Services’ cloud computing offerings and its line of consumer products – Fire TV is coming to cars, Ring systems will soon detect break-ins and fires. Alexa will orbit the moon aboard NASA’s first Artemis mission, an unmanned flight expected later this year.

A broad partnership has also been announced between Amazon and Stellantis, the multinational automobile manufacturer formed in 2021 by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the French group PSA. Stellantis brands include Dodge, Jeep and Peugeot, as well as Fiat and Chrysler.

Amazon and Stellantis have signed a series of multi-year agreements that are expected to see Amazon design a substantial amount of software used in Stellantis vehicles.

“We are inventing solutions that will enable Stellantis to accelerate connected and personalized experiences in vehicles, so that every moment in motion can be smart, safe and suitable for every occupant,” said Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, In a press release. “Together, we will create the foundation for Stellantis to grow from a traditional automaker to a global leader in software-driven development and engineering.”


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CES: automakers go green with the latest electric vehicles https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/ces-automakers-go-green-with-the-latest-electric-vehicles/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 02:08:49 +0000 https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/ces-automakers-go-green-with-the-latest-electric-vehicles/ LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Auto manufacturers around the world gathered at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to show how the industry is going green with the latest electric vehicles. Although attendance at CES may be low due to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are still using the show to make headlines around the world. […]]]>

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Auto manufacturers around the world gathered at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to show how the industry is going green with the latest electric vehicles.

Although attendance at CES may be low due to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are still using the show to make headlines around the world.

Vietnamese automaker VinFast has unveiled its electric fleet that could arrive in the United States in the near future, and Turkish automaker Togg has raised the curtain on its concept vehicle.

Togg’s electric car shows the future of automotive technology, according to Gurcan Karakas.

“We’re just at the start of the transformation, we were born into this. In this sense, it is more than a car in the ecosystem itself, we believe that living rooms and offices will be similar to these smart devices, ”Karakas said.

U.S. automakers have also come up with their products: Chrysler unveiled the concept of an all-electric airflow that could hit the road by 2025 and also announced plans for a fully-electric portfolio by 2028.

General Motors attended the show virtually and made waves online and on social media, unveiling the Silverado 2024, its first electric pickup.

“Really overall the pickup is packed with a lot of technology,” said Silverado chief engineer Nichole Kraatz. “400 miles of range is a huge number, so the anxiety around range and whether or not you will find a charging station, General Motors is building EV Grow and other charging stations publicly so that people can find a refill. “

GM is taking reservations online for its release in mid-2023.

“A transformation of the auto industry to enter the EV space, there is a lot of competition and I think General Motors is very well positioned to be competitive in this space,” Kraatz said.

As electric cars take control of CES, it was announced this week that Nevada will receive $ 38 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to expand the state’s top-to-bottom electric charging network.


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Green group wants SUV drivers to tax $ 4,000 https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/green-group-wants-suv-drivers-to-tax-4000/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 00:45:00 +0000 https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/green-group-wants-suv-drivers-to-tax-4000/ Drivers of SUVs and diesel cars should be taxed to finance the purchase of green cars, says an electric car trade group. The Blacklock Reporter Environmentalists have also called on the House of Commons finance committee to impose a $ 4,000 tax on SUVs. Electric Mobility Canada, in a presentation to the committee, said Parliament […]]]>

Drivers of SUVs and diesel cars should be taxed to finance the purchase of green cars, says an electric car trade group.

The Blacklock Reporter Environmentalists have also called on the House of Commons finance committee to impose a $ 4,000 tax on SUVs.

Electric Mobility Canada, in a presentation to the committee, said Parliament should introduce what it called a “rebate fee system” for drivers.

In total, 85% of on-road vehicles in Canada burn gasoline or diesel, according to industry estimates.

Electricity only represents 3% of vehicle sales per year.

“Charge polluting passenger vehicles for discounts on zero emission vehicles so that the rebate program can pay for itself,” lobbyists for the electric car industry wrote.

“For vehicle classes that do not yet have a zero-emission vehicle option, discounted fee exemptions should be considered until zero-emission models hit the market.”

Parliament is currently paying rebates of up to $ 5,000 on the sale of electric cars and is collecting a green tax of $ 1,000 introduced in 2007 on larger and more expensive luxury vehicles.

“Cost is by far the biggest barrier to purchasing a plug-in electric car or truck,” the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association wrote to the finance committee.

Toyota Canada data cited by the Commons Environment Committee estimated that zero-emission vehicles cost an average of $ 56,000 before discounts, compared to $ 28,000 for a conventional vehicle.

“Higher battery costs have been the main cause of the price hike,” MEPs wrote in an April 13 report..

On June 29, Cabinet proposed a mandatory target that 100% of new vehicles sold in Canada by 2035 be zero-emission models.

Data from car dealerships suggests that even if the target is met, gasoline and diesel vehicles will stay on the road for decades.

The Canadian Automobile Dealers Association has estimated that it takes 15 years for half of all on-road vehicles to be sold for parts.


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Additional help from child tax credit ends, just as Covid resurfaces https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/additional-help-from-child-tax-credit-ends-just-as-covid-resurfaces/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 06:56:25 +0000 https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/additional-help-from-child-tax-credit-ends-just-as-covid-resurfaces/ This does not happen. Polls have found the public to be roughly divided on whether the program should be extended, with opinions dividing along partisan and generational lines. And the expanded tax credit failed to convince the person whose opinion mattered most: West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin III, who raised concerns about the cost […]]]>

This does not happen. Polls have found the public to be roughly divided on whether the program should be extended, with opinions dividing along partisan and generational lines. And the expanded tax credit failed to convince the person whose opinion mattered most: West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin III, who raised concerns about the cost and structure of the program in its decision to oppose Mr. Biden’s climate, fiscal and social measures. policy bill. The bill, known as the Build Back Better Act, cannot be introduced in the equally divided Senate without the support of Mr Manchin.

For supporters of family allowances, the lack of an extension is all the more frustrating because, according to most analyzes, the program itself has been a remarkable success. Columbia University researchers estimate the payments lifted 3.8 million children out of poverty in November, a nearly 30% reduction in the child poverty rate. Other studies have shown that the benefit reduced hunger, reduced financial stress among recipients, and increased overall consumer spending, especially in rural states that received the most money per capita.

Congress last spring expanded the existing child tax credit in three ways. First, it made the benefit more generous, offering up to $ 3,600 per child, up from $ 2,000. Second, he began to pay off the loan in monthly installments, usually deposited directly into recipients’ bank accounts, turning the annual windfall into something closer to the child allowances common in Europe.

Finally, the bill made full benefits available to millions of people who previously had not been able to take full advantage of the credit because they earned too little to qualify. Poverty experts say the change, known in tax parlance as “full refundability,” was particularly significant because without it, a third of children – including half of all black and Hispanic children, and 70% of children raised by single mothers – did not receive full credit. Mr. Biden’s plan would have made this provision permanent.

“What we have seen with the child tax credit is a political achievement that was unfolding, but it is one that we risk stopping just as it started,” said Megan Curran, director of policy. at Columbia’s Center. on poverty and social policy. “The weight of proof is clear here in terms of what the policy does. This reduces child poverty and food shortages.

But the expanded tax credit doesn’t just go to the poor. Couples earning up to $ 150,000 a year could receive the full benefit of $ 3,600 – $ 3,000 for children 6 and over – and even the wealthiest families qualify for the initial credit of 2 $ 000. Critics of the policy, including Mr Manchin, have argued that it makes little sense to provide assistance to relatively well-off families. Many proponents of credit say they would willingly limit its availability to richer households in return for maintaining it for poorer ones.

Mr Manchin also publicly questioned the wisdom of unconditional cash payments and privately expressed concerns that recipients might spend the money on opioids, comments that were first reported by The Wall. Street Journal and confirmed by someone familiar with the discussion. But a Census Bureau survey found that most beneficiaries used the money to buy food, clothing, or other essentials, and many saved some of the money or paid back their expenses. debts. Other surveys have found similar results.


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Crews rescue 21 people from stranded streetcars in New Mexico https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/crews-rescue-21-people-from-stranded-streetcars-in-new-mexico/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 18:47:00 +0000 https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/crews-rescue-21-people-from-stranded-streetcars-in-new-mexico/ (AP) – New Mexico search and rescue teams on Saturday used ropes and helicopters to rescue 21 people stranded overnight in two streetcars after a frozen cable stranded cars in the Sandia Mountains above Albuquerque . Lt. Robert Arguellas, spokesman for the Bernalillo County Fire Department, said early Saturday afternoon that teams first rescued 20 […]]]>

(AP) – New Mexico search and rescue teams on Saturday used ropes and helicopters to rescue 21 people stranded overnight in two streetcars after a frozen cable stranded cars in the Sandia Mountains above Albuquerque .

Lt. Robert Arguellas, spokesman for the Bernalillo County Fire Department, said early Saturday afternoon that teams first rescued 20 people stranded in a car and several hours later a 21st person stranded alone in a second car.

All of the people on both cars were employees of the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway or a mountain top restaurant, and the 20 cars in one were hauled to the foot of the mountains at the end of their working day, said Arguellas.

The other employee was heading up the mountain to provide security overnight when the tram system shut down on Friday night due to icing, Arguellas said.

No injuries were reported among those stranded, Arguellas said. “Not just frustrated enough anymore.”

To rescue all 20 people in a single car, operators were able to move it to a nearby support tower more than halfway up the mountain, and search and rescue personnel early Saturday morning traveled to the area. and climbed the tower to deliver blankets and other supplies. to those inside the heated car, said Arguellas.

For several hours, search and rescue personnel used ropes and other equipment to lower stranded employees approximately 85 feet (26 meters) to the ground before escorting them to a nearby landing area on the steep, rocky terrain where the tower stood, Arguellas said.

The 20 people were then flown by helicopter several at a time to the foot of the mountains, he said.

Arguellas said the second car with the only employee on board was higher up the mountain and at a location where the car was too high above the ground to lower people with ropes.

But the tram system was able to lower the second car along the cable to the support tower rescue site, and rescuers then used ropes to lower the 21st person, as was done with the others. , said Arguellas.

Brian Coon, an official with the streetcar system, said there was an unusually rapid build-up of ice on one of the cables that caused it to sag under the streetcar, making the chase dangerous, reported KOB-TV.

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France promotes green habits with new car ads and plastic ban https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/france-promotes-green-habits-with-new-car-ads-and-plastic-ban/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 12:26:34 +0000 https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/france-promotes-green-habits-with-new-car-ads-and-plastic-ban/ French customers will be encouraged to adopt more environmentally friendly habits as part of a series of new regulations that will come into force in 2022 Through SYLVIE CORBET Associate Press 31 December 2021, 13:50 • 2 minutes to read Share on FacebookShare on twitterEmail this article PARIS – No more plastic packaging around fruit […]]]>

French customers will be encouraged to adopt more environmentally friendly habits as part of a series of new regulations that will come into force in 2022

PARIS – No more plastic packaging around fruit and vegetables and automotive advertising promoting walking and cycling instead of driving: in 2022, French customers will be encouraged to adopt more environmentally friendly habits in the part of a series of new regulations.

The measures promoted by the government of President Emmanuel Macron aim to reduce pollution and the impact of cars on greenhouse gas emissions.

From Saturday, leeks and carrots, tomatoes and potatoes, apples and pears and around 30 other items will no longer be sold in plastic. Instead, they should be packaged in other recyclable materials. Plastic will still be allowed for more fragile fruits like berries and peaches, but will be phased out in the coming years.

The government said the new regulations are expected to eliminate around 1 billion plastic waste per year.

Magazines and other publications will also have to be shipped without plastic packaging, and fast food outlets will no longer be allowed to offer free plastic toys to children.

In the coming year, French car ads will need to include a message encouraging people to consider greener transportation. From March, they will have to mention one of the three messages: “For short journeys, prefer walking or cycling”, “Think about carpooling” or “On a daily basis, take public transport”.

According to a decree released this week, the new regulations will apply to advertisements on TV, radio, in newspapers, on billboards and online. Advertisers who do not comply are subject to a fine of up to 50,000 euros ($ 56,652) per delivery.

Similar mandatory messages are already part of advertisements for processed foods since 2007 in France, such as “For your health, avoid eating too fatty, too sweet, too salty”.

The transport sector in France is responsible for around 31% of greenhouse gas emissions, including half of those generated by passenger cars.

Also in 2022, French telephone operators and Internet service providers will be invited to provide their customers with an estimate of the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their online activity and the use of mobile phones.

This initiative aims to increase public awareness of the environmental impact of digital technology. Emissions are mainly generated by data centers, which use energy to create data clouds. A Senate report last year revealed that the sector accounted for 2% of greenhouse gases in 2019 in France.

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F-PACE SVR 2022, one of Jaguar’s latest V8s, is built for performance https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/f-pace-svr-2022-one-of-jaguars-latest-v8s-is-built-for-performance/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 19:18:00 +0000 https://cleangreennappy.co.uk/f-pace-svr-2022-one-of-jaguars-latest-v8s-is-built-for-performance/ With an MSRP of around $ 84,600, this F-PACE comes with a redesigned 5.0-liter, 550-horsepower engine. Jaguar Text size The 2022 F-PACE SVR is an important machine for Jaguar. Not only is this the best performing option on its best-selling vehicle, but it also sounds like one of the automaker’s last V8s before the engine […]]]>

With an MSRP of around $ 84,600, this F-PACE comes with a redesigned 5.0-liter, 550-horsepower engine.

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