As 2016 marks the 15th year for Railroad Earth, the band continues to improve with each passing performance. There’s just something magical about their unique brand of bluegrass, between the whimsical jamming and the soul-drenched vocals from Todd Sheaffer, backed by an impressive blend of musicianship and compositional prowess. The band’s sound is potent, enjoyed by anyone who witnesses their display.Last night, RRE brought their soul-jam-grass out to NYC’s PlayStation Theater, delivering a barnburner in midtown Manhattan. The band Cabinet opened up the show, bringing their upbeat brand of Pennsylvania bluegrass to the table. Cabinet never fails to deliver, and they even commented that they were supporting Railroad Earth ten years prior at Penn’s Peak. Things are coming full circle, as RRE is headlining the Cabinet-hosted Susquehanna Breakdown this May.Listen to their set below, courtesy of taper Jeff Fuchs:After a bouncing set from Cabinet, Railroad Earth came out firing with “The Jupiter and the 119.” The spacey odyssey took fans on a journey, before they got a taste of some “Cold Water” from the band. Some great jamming went down throughout the first set, and RRE called on Gov’t Mule keyboardist Danny Louis to help out on two numbers, “Goat > Seven Story Mountain,” to close out the first half. The latter especially featured some tight-knit improvisation from the whole band, with the crowd seemingly hanging on every note. It was beautiful.Set two was more of the same fiery passion, as the band came out swinging with “Bread and Water.” After a fun version of “Monkey,” the band once again welcomed Danny Louis for the remainder of the set. And what a set it was! The group went into “Elko” and “Bird,” two classics done justice with the seven musicians on stage. “Mourning Flies” came next, a soulful rendition, before the bouncy “Like A Buddha” kept things rocking. After “The Forecast,” the group dove into “Mighty River” with a strong “River Intro Jam,” and the fans could not have been more passionate. This was the jam of the night, as everyone was firing on all cylinders. Some great fiddle work from Tim Carbone sent this show into orbit!The final number of set two came in the form of “Chasin’ A Rainbow” from the band’s 2014 release, The Last Of The Outlaws. Finally, the show closed with “When The Sun Gets In Your Blood,” complete with Danny Louis and some feel good jamming throughout. It was quite the performance, as the setlist will tell you. Until next time, RRE.Listen to the full show below, courtesy of taper tim in jersey:Setlist: Railroad Earth at PlayStation Theater, New York, NYSet One: The Jupiter and the 119, Cold Water, Lordy, Lordy, Been Down This Road, Grandfather Mountain, Walk Beside Me, Goat (A) –> Seven Story Mountain (A)Set Two: Bread and Water, Monkey, Elko (A), Bird (A), Mourning Flies (A), Like a Buddha (A), The Forecast (A) –> River Intro Jam (A) –> Mighty River (A) –> Chasin’ a RainbowEncore: When the Sun Gets in Your Blood (A)(A) with Danny Louis on keyboards and trombone during “Like a Buddha.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and a group of 10 Senate Republicans are offering competing proposals to help the United States respond to the coronavirus pandemic and provide economic relief to businesses and families. The president is meeting with the senators on Monday at the White House. White House press secretary Jen Psaki is describing the meeting as “an exchange of ideas” and not a forum for Biden to “make or accept an offer.” The topline numbers are this: Biden’s plan calls for an additional $1.9 trillion in federal spending. The 10 GOP senators are calling for about $618 billion.
Where can you train a tiny termite circus, see a white peacock, dig for “fossils” and watch giant pandas munch on bamboo? At Zoo Atlanta during the annual A to Z: Agriculture at the Zoo event.This event is the result of a partnership between the zoo and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This year’s event will be April 13 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free with admission to the zoo.”The purpose of the event is to introduce Georgia agriculture to urban Georgia children and their parents,” said Faith Peppers, a UGA CAES news editor and organizer of the event.More Than Life on the Farm”Most people think of life on a farm when they think of agriculture,” Peppers said. “They don’t realize that agriculture includes so much more and touches their lives every day, whether they live in Tifton or Marietta.”Besides Zoo Atlanta’s attractions, visitors on April 13 will see agricultural exhibits presented by UGA scientists and many other representatives of Georgia agriculture.UGA entomologists will talk about urban pests like fire ants, roaches and termites. Adults will learn about the latest control methods while kids marvel at how easy it is to train termites to follow an ink trail.Drink of the Day: MilkThe drink of the day will be, of course, milk. Free milk samples will be available, and visitors can don a milk mustache for their own “Got milk?” photograph.Other exhibits will include information on urban gardening, protecting water sources, creating a backyard wildlife habitat, diagnosing plant diseases and much more.Clovers & Company, Georgia 4-H’s renowned performers, will be on hand to entertain. So will Al Culbreath, a banjoist and UGA researcher.The event is once again sponsored by the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association and the Georgia Milk Producers. For tickets, see your county Extension office or Zoo Atlanta’s Web site. Or buy your tickets at the Zoo Atlanta ticket gate.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Conference December 4 that Vermont leads the nation in electric energy efficiency and in making great strides toward sustainable energy. He also announced that he secured $90,000 to support Vermont town energy committees.‘Investing in these local efforts will help our state make real and significant progress toward meeting our energy vision,’ he told the conference’s annual meeting in Fairlee, Vt. Sanders spoke to the some 200 participants by telephone from Washington, where the U.S. Senate was in session on Saturday.Energy committees have until Jan. 31 to apply for grants of $1,000 to $3,000 for projects including community energy challenges, cooperatives to promote bulk purchase of energy services, do-it-yourself weatherization workshops, residential energy reduction campaigns, school programs and other initiatives.The senator urged the conference to continue efforts that have made Vermont a national trend setter. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy ranked Vermont No. 1 of all states on electric energy efficiency.Through Efficiency Vermont and town energy committees, Vermonters last year spent 3.7 cents per kilowatt hour to achieve energy efficiencies. It would have cost four times as much to generate the same amount of new power. ‘That means Vermont is saving energy and saving money, a real win-win,’ Sanders said. Vermont last year met nearly 2 percent of its electric power demand through energy efficiency. If the nation did half as well, we could do without 190 medium-sized coal plants and save consumers nearly $80 billion over the next decade.Vermont also is making headway on sustainable energy. Sanders said 45 schools are heated with biomass; geothermal energy heats and cools Champlain College, the Bennington Veterans Home, and at the Vietnam Memorial Rest Stop on I-89 in Sharon, and new farm methane, wind, biomass and solar projects are being developed throughout the state.‘I don’t have to tell you though, that we have more work to do, Sanders added. ‘We need to be more energy independent, less reliant on fossil fuel, and more reliant on local sustainable energy sources. Our vision for Vermont is to be a leader and a model for the rest of the nation in terms of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and creating jobs in energy efficiency and sustainable energy.’
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Oilprice.com:It was the last of the large LNG projects that put Australia in the lead for global LNG exports. It was the biggest jewel in Shell’s LNG crown. But this jewel hasn’t produced any LNG since February, and its future is unclear.The Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project, with an annual capacity of 3.6 million tons, began shipping LNG last June. The first cargo shipped more than eight years after the final investment decision was made, and two years after the FLNG vessel arrived at the site, one Wood Mac analyst pointed out at the time. In February this year, production was stopped following a technical problem.Production at the world’s largest FLNG installation still hasn’t been restored, and it remains unclear when this will happen. Building it and putting it into operation cost between $12 and $17 billion, according to external estimates. Now, there are concerns that it may flop.The gas market situation is difficult enough. Just like in oil, there is a substantial glut in natural gas, and demand is lagging far behind. According to Rystad Energy, global natural gas output is set for a 2.6-percent decline this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Next year, demand should begin to improve, driven by the low prices currently plaguing the sector. But that’s only if the pandemic goes away for good and without a fight, which at the moment is not happening. In this situation, it may not be that bad that Prelude is not operating at the moment. There is an oversupply of LNG, prices are low, and Shell said in a recent update that it will take a hit because its 2019 term sales contracts for LNG were tied to oil prices.That hit may be nothing compared to what Prelude may need to break even, at least according to analysts from Goldman Sachs quoted by Tim Treadgold in an article for Forbes. According to them, the commercial breakeven price for gas produced at Prelude is as much as $20 per thousand cubic feet. This compares with prices between $2 and $3 per thousand cubic feet in April in the United States. The difference is impressive, and it certainly would explain why, as Treadgold notes, Shell is in no hurry to restart operations at Prelude.Prelude is an impressive achievement, regardless of its problems. As the largest floating LNG facility in the world, it has a total capacity of 5.3 million tons of hydrocarbon liquids annually, including, besides the LNG, 1.3 million tons of gas condensate and 400,000 tons of liquefied petroleum gas. Floating LNG was to be a game-changer: boosting the efficiency of gas production by adding the processing to the place of extraction. But now it has to prove it is cost-competitive with other, more traditional approaches to LNG production.[Irina Slav]More: Shell’s big bet on floating LNG may be a flop Shell’s big bet on floating LNG may not pan out
My instinct told me to run. It also told me not to run while the man could still see me. Feigning calm, I walked slowly away from him and out of his sight. The moment I felt sure he could no longer see or hear me, I ran. It was spring, and I was hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail. I’d been on the move since sunrise, and I’d felt a profound sense of relief when the shelter had finally come into view late that afternoon. The next shelter was five miles up the trail, and as there were only a few more hours until nightfall, I figured this was the one I should call home. I walked in, weary smile, and nodded at the three people inside. But something was off. I later found out that a man by the same description had been threatening to kill hikers while they slept. I mourn for them. I mourn for the terror that the murderer leaves in his wake. I mourn for the murderer, too. The man had other ideas. He swiveled his head to look at me. Edited by Shalin Desai On a primal level that superseded conditioning, I knew I needed to get away. I reflect upon the men I’ve observed remaining silent, or perhaps laughing, when something unkind was said to or about a woman in their presence. I think of the times I’ve been silent at my own expense because I knew biting back would have cast me as a nag/mood killer/bitch. Hiking on AT (but during different hike) Photo Credit: Shalin Desai He replied that he would come as soon as he was finished eating. “No – I’m going to be late and they’ll be looking for me. Enjoy your food.” I turned to leave. “I’ll catch up to you,” he said. The stories of women on the trail have common elements: obstacles and endurance. There are more stories that need to be heard and it is empathy, not pity, that will move us forward. Hiking on AT, Photo Credit: Emily Moore There are good men to balance out the bad, yes. But I need to see more from them. “I’m meeting someone up the trail,” I told him. “Have a good night.” It was a lie, but I hoped it was enough to make him decide against following me. The months I spent hiking were an incredible experience and a privilege. I wouldn’t trade them. But they could have been different. I believe I have made the most of what I learned, but I didn’t need to learn that I am less safe because of my womanhood: that lesson has been clear to me since I hit puberty. What I needed was the reminder that came from the men who showed me empathy, and then I need those same men to learn to be allies in front of other men, not just in private with women. Women cannot create compassion between the sexes without the help of men – it takes people from all groups looking out for each other to catalyze any progress. Men need to be holding each other accountable for their behavior even and especially when no women are present. The night with that man had been the most frightening experience on the trail, but it was by no means the only time a man acted poorly during my hike. The week prior, a different man had exposed himself to me. I’d thought perhaps he had just been relieving himself, but then the incident happened again, with the same man, when he had tracked me and waited for me alone on a mountaintop. I told him if it ever happened again he would regret it, picked up my pace and left him far behind. “Oh,” he said, “I’m coming with you.” A phrase I hear often from men regarding rejection is “she could have been kinder about it.” Could she? If, when I tell a stranger politely I am not interested, he grabs me and tries to pull me into his seat to convince me otherwise, isn’t it understandable that I would be a little more blunt in my next rejection to avoid any confusion? If casual encounters regularly devolve into harassment, isn’t it understandable that a person might be more hesitant to enter a conversation that held all the same cues as previous conversations that had ended in violence, verbal or otherwise? The reasons why anyone who is not straight, white, or male tend to default to self-preservation is often misunderstood by those who do not encounter or perceive threats in the same way. Driven by fear, I made it to the shelter just before nightfall. There were more than a dozen tents pitched around it ,and I exhaled my relief at the feeling of safety. I was not alone, that time. There were three boys who I had been hiking with standing next to me. Two of them laughed when he said this. The other looked a bit uncomfortable, but he said nothing. I was tired and didn’t have the energy to explain why that kind of comment felt harmful to me, so I just shook my head and said that I’d like a different, empty bed. Later, the boy who had said nothing came to sit next to me. He looked ashamed and asked if what the man had said made me uncomfortable. I replied that it had but it hadn’t seemed worth acting upon. He listened quietly and appeared to sympathize. There was one other man in the room at the time. Upon hearing this conversation, he looked up at me and told me in no uncertain terms that he thought I was being “too sensitive” and “needed to just get over it.” I didn’t say anything. I walked purposefully out of his sight wanting to seem calm and then I ran. Hiking on AT, Photo Credit: Shalin Desai Photo Credit: Machi Provost The victim of the murder was a male. Ronald Sanchez, Jr. His companion who was maimed was female, and it is likely that she only survived because her instincts told her to play dead. As soon as her attacker was gone, she dragged herself two miles to find help, and upon finding folks willing to help her had to walk another six miles to safety. He leered at me. “You can share mine,” he said. I stiffened, feeling delirious. I glanced at the boys, thinking they might come to my defense, but they remained silent, their spines frozen into question marks leaving it unclear what they stood for. At the time, I thought them cowards. In hindsight, I have a bit more empathy. Nevertheless, I felt angry. I didn’t want to camp near that kind of energy, so I told them I’d be hiking on and wished them a good night. I’d just camp somewhere farther up the trail alone, I thought. I’d done it plenty of other nights. The trail is a peaceful place for the most part. But I have read many versions of the sentiment that this is not the trail community. And in part that is true, that such an extreme event is rare. But the trail community – just like every community – has never been as safe for women, people of color, LGBTQ and other marginalized people, as it has for straight white men. The man who told me I was being overly sensitive is but a small drop in an ocean of doubt aimed at those who are forced to walk through the world differently than those who look like the people who wrote the laws and formed the structure of society at large. I was not fit. It hurt, but adrenaline helped. When I would get tired of running, I would walk a few strides, catch my breath, then pick up a jog again. Anything to keep moving. I wanted so badly to stop and pitch camp in the woods, but if he found me, I would be alone and vulnerable. A few days after those incidents, I made it through the Smoky Mountains in the pouring rain and lightning, and onto the welcoming dry porch of a hostel. I was exhausted and soaked down to my socks. The manager of the hostel sat in a rocking chair under the awning, and I asked him if there were any beds left. A hiker was murdered and another maimed on the Appalachian Trail the same weekend I wrote this essay. The behavioral descriptions I could find for the suspect mirrored the man I had met in the shelter perfectly. Photo Credit: Machi Provost A man was talking loudly at two college-age boys whose postures curved into something eerily resembling submission. When I entered, he shifted his attention in my direction, only briefly, and then turned back to face the boys. Avoiding eye contact with me, he began berating women as a collective, asserting that we were f*cking weak and didn’t belong on the trail, and furthermore that we would all f*cking quit when we found out how difficult hiking really was.
November 1, 2002 Regular News Dignity in LawI am writing in response to the recent letters published in the News, criticizing the Dignity in Law campaign. While I understand the scepticism that belies some of the letter writers, I urge them and other critics of this program to reevaluate their cynicism.I am deeply concerned about recent forays to remove the self-regulatory powers of the Bar and attacks on the independence of the judiciary. The time has come for more proactive solutions and Dignity in the Law is a positive effort in the right direction.As the president of Florida Association for Women Lawyers and past president of several voluntary bar associations, I understand well the value of volunteers and the difference a professional staff member makes to promote the efforts of its membership. Staff salaries and operations cost money.As a past recipient of a pro bono award, I agree that the highest good attorneys can do for a positive image is to uphold our professional ethical standards and continue as individual lawyers and groups to do positive good deeds in our communities. However, the good work of most lawyers goes unrecognized whilst the unethical violations and advertising of others gets widespread public attention.Rather that offer more criticism, it is time to help solve the problem. Instead of writing another negative letter, take the time to fill out a Dignity in the Law tip sheet and tell about the positive good work you are doing in your own community. If you like the result, make a contribution to the Dignity in the Law program to keep spreading the word about the good work lawyers and judges do every day across this state.Siobhan Helene Shea Palm BeachMany lay persons get their opinions about the law and lawyers from Court TV and the dime-a-dozen lawyer jokes that abound. Dignity in Law provides a factual representation of how most in the legal profession feel and perform. It is imperative that everyone understands that most lawyers enter into the profession because they want to help others. Too, it is important that everyone understands that persons who pursue the legal profession must get an additional three years of education beyond the bachelors’ degree, must pass the bar exam, and must have an ethical character and unblemished background to be admitted to the Bar. Entering into the legal profession is not a lark. It requires moral, ethical, academic, and personal standards far beyond many other professions.If the public is not informed by campaigns like Dignity in Law, then who will inform it? If we do not inform lay persons then who will? Perhaps, it is time that we, as lawyers, stop laughing at the lawyer jokes and begin to inform others about the honorable profession we share, and the dedication and care we use, as we pursue opportunities and justice for all.I wholeheartedly support Florida Bar President Tod Aronovitz’s efforts to educate the public about the positive impact of the legal profession. I suggest that we in the legal profession support and reinforce his effort.June McKinney Bartelle Tallahassee letters I am writing to let you know another opinion regarding the Florida Bar’s Dignity in Law program. About two weeks ago I attend our annual Sarasota County Bar Association Installation Dinner. In addition to seeing numerous colleagues, I also was privileged to hear Florida Bar President Ted Aronovitz speak on Dignity in Law.I learned that the Dignity in Law program is geared to help educate the public as to all of the good work that we do as attorneys in the state of Florida. Too often the public only hears of those few attorneys that take advantage of clients and generally perform acts that bring a bad name to attorneys in general. The public is thus left unaware of the good that the majority of attorneys do every day in their communities, be it helping clients, serving the public or just making our communities a better place. Dignity in Law is meant to combat the poor reputation many citizens hold of attorneys, and through education, let every Florida resident know that the majority of practicing attorneys are good people, good neighbors, and good attorneys. I like the idea of not apologizing for being an attorney, of not hearing the inevitable lawyer joke, and letting people know that being a good person and being an attorney are not mutually exclusive.To me Dignity in Law is money well spent and will help make being an attorney in Florida a more rewarding career.Jennifer B. Compton Sarasota FeesI read with disgust the article in the October 1 News, wherein it was reported that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and The Florida Supreme Court, refused to grant compensation of more than $40, per hour, for court appointed legal counsel in a criminal appeal case.The foregoing is a classic case of why judges at every level should be elected, and preferably removed from office every six years. (An alternative might be to set judicial salaries and benefits at the rate paid to attorneys who represent indigent defendants.) Long-term judges become so entrenched in the past they have absolutely no idea as to the cost of practicing law today. I am a sole practitioner, own my office space and consequently pay no rent, and my overhead conservatively runs over $50 per hour. I can assure you that the fixed overhead of Sheppard & White, the law firm handling the case concerned, is substantially higher.Years ago we had a judge in Collier County, who had been in office some 16 years, who awarded prevailing party attorneys’ fees in civil litigation comparable to those awarded to Sheppard & White. He was voted out of office and had to go back into the private practice of law for two years before he ran for office again, and was elected to another judicial seat. After two years in private practice this judge’s attitude with regard to fees changed drastically.The judiciary at every level should be removed from office at six year intervals, and forced to go back into private practice for a minimum of two years, in order that they might understand the realities (and overhead) of the day.L.N. (Larry) Ingram III Naples Battle of the BandsI enjoyed reading the “Lawyers Who Rock” article from the September 15 News, and the letter from Dave Cannella in the October 1 issue addressing that article. I am an out-of-state Florida Bar member living in New York, and happen to be one of the founding members of the infamous Learned Hands rock band from Orlando (Dave, who I don’t know personally, replaced me as the guitarist in the band when I moved back to New York in 1993). After learning from the “Lawyers Who Rock” article that there are numerous “all-attorney’” rock bands around the State of Florida, I feel compelled to state that The Learned Hands were (and still are) the number one all-attorney rock band in the State of Florida. If there are any all-attorney bands out there that dispute that contention, the score could be settled at a Battle of the Bands benefit concert next year in Central Florida, with the proceeds from the show going to the winner’s charity of choice. I would fly down there myself for that one.Any takers?Rick Meuser Huntington Station, NY
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a proposal Thursday that effectively bars Internet companies from prioritizing some Internet traffic over others.As John Oliver famously explained “ending net neutrality would allow big companies to buy their way into the fast lane, leaving everyone else in the slow lane.”The FCC’s proposal faces plenty of opposition from telecom companies and others, but it’s just the latest round in a long fight. Here is a brief history of attempts to enact net neutrality and the often successful push against it.The FCC votes to deregulate cable Internet services.March 2002: The FCC, under the Bush administration and Republican Chairman Michael Powell, declares that cable modem services are “not subject to common carrier regulation,” meaning they aren’t bound by standards for nondiscrimination in service. Instead, cable Internet services fall under a separate light regulatory regime that gives the commission limited enforcement power.Tim Wu coins the phrase “net neutrality.”Fall 2003: Tim Wu, then an associate professor at the University of Virginia Law School, first coins the term “net neutrality” in a paper for the Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law. He defines net neutrality to mean an Internet “that does not favor one application2026over others.”The FCC adopts a toothless net neutrality-like policy statement.August 2005: The FCC adopts a policy statement to “preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of public Internet,” which focuses on protecting consumer access to content online and competition among Internet service companies. The statement has no power of enforcement.The first net neutrality bill is introduced in Congress. It dies.May 2006: Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduces a net neutrality bill that would keep Internet service companies from blocking, degrading or interfering with users’ access to their services. But the bill stalled in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and never came to a vote.The FCC tells Comcast to stop slowing down access to BitTorrent.August 2008: The FCC, under Republican Chairman Kevin Martin, orders Comcast to stop slowing down user access to BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer sharing network often used to share music and videos.Comcast sues the FCC, and wins.September 2008 — April 2010: Comcast voluntary agrees to stop slowing down BitTorrent traffic. But it takes the FCC to court anyway, arguing that the agency is operating outside its authority. Specifically, the company points out that the FCC’s 2005 policy statement on neutrality doesn’t have the force of law.The FCC writes real rules on net neutrality.December 2010: Democratic FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski writes an order to impose net neutrality rules. Unlike the FCC’s 2005 policy statement, this new order is a real rule, not just a policy statement.Except Verizon sues the FCC, saying it has no authority to enforce the rules, and wins.September 2011 — January 2014: The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals rules the Federal Communications Commission can’t enforce net neutrality rules because broadband Internet services don’t fall under its regulatory authority.Senator introduces net neutrality bill that would ban the FCC from enforcement.January 2015: Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., introduces a net neutrality bill as a discussion draft that would ban Internet service companies from blocking or degrading services or access to certain content, but would also strip the FCC of authority to enforce any of these rules.The FCC chairman proposes to reclassify broadband Internet services and enforce net neutrality.February 2015: Democratic Chairman Tom Wheeler introduces the current net neutrality proposal. Internet service companies such as AT&T and Comcast would be banned from offering paid prioritization to content providers such as Amazon for faster access. But the proposal would also allow Internet service companies to prevent other companies from using their wires to connect homes to the Internet.The FCC is expected to vote on rules today.Feb. 26, 2015: The FCC rules passed, as expected, in a 3-2 decision with the two Republican commissioners dissenting.This almost certainly will result in another fight.The details of the new rules won’t be made public until after the vote. Experts expect challenges to the rules as soon as they are published. Michael Powell, a former FCC Chairman and current president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, told CNBC it could take “at least two and up to five years before the rules are fully and finally settled.”Related coverage: Read about state laws that make it difficult for cities to provide cheap, fast Internet through municipal broadband networks.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.
The writer is correct that those with lower income feel more of the pain of the gas tax. This is more an issue of income inequality to be dealt with in that context via tax rebates for lower-income drivers, for example.The writer is also correct that in the short run, drivers often can’t change their driving habits in response to the tax. In the longer run, however, drivers buy more fuel-efficient cars, live closer to work and make fewer one-store trips.In short, no one likes to pay taxes, but sometimes they are necessary. The trick isn’t to get rid of the tax, but to make it work the way it’s supposed to.Lester HadsellTroyThe writer is a professor of economics at RPI.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGasoline tax has its positive benefitsRe May 27 Viewpoint, “Slash state gas tax,” author Steve Keller argues that the tax on gasoline should be abolished. He contends that economists view higher gas taxes negatively and instead advocates to lower them. The consensus among economists is, in fact, that higher gasoline taxes are warranted — as much as three times the current level.The economic rationale for gasoline taxes is based on the concept of negative externalities: the harm to the environment and human health done by burning gasoline. A gasoline tax discourages use of gasoline, just as intended. The result of the tax is less consumption, less pollution, better health, less congestion and fewer accidents.The tax is more effective than alternatives; one study shows that gasoline taxes are multiple times less expensive than fuel economy standards at achieving increased environmental quality.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Announcing the 2017-2018 Budget Address February 03, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE TWEET Budget News, The Blog This information is no longer up to date. Please view our Newsroom for the latest news from Governor Wolf’s Office.———Today we’re announcing the date and time of the governor’s biggest policy speech of the year — the annual Budget Address.On Tuesday, February 7th at 11:30 AM, Governor Tom Wolf will deliver his Budget Address to a joint session of the General Assembly at the State Capitol in Harrisburg.Here are all the ways you can follow the speech on Tuesday:Watch the address on Facebook Live at Facebook.com/GovernorWolfWatch the live stream on governor.pa.gov/liveFollow @GovernorTomWolf on Twitter, where we’ll be live-tweeting the speechIn addition to updating Pennsylvanians on the state of the Commonwealth, the governor’s address will lay out his budget plan for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.Governor Wolf has taken a different approach for Pennsylvania by prioritizing important responsibilities like protecting our seniors, making sure children receive the education they deserve, working with law enforcement and medical professionals to battle the opioid and heroin epidemic, and rebuilding Pennsylvania’s middle class by putting more people to work.While significant progress has been made to address the financial challenges the commonwealth faces, there is still more work to do. In order to protect investments in our schools, improve services for seniors, and fight the opioid epidemic, Governor Wolf has taken a different approach to this year’s budget. That’s why he has worked to find savings – like centralizing shared services like human resources and information technology, selling property the state owns but doesn’t use, or consolidating pension funds to save millions that used to flow into the pockets of Wall Street financial managers.Governor Wolf has taken a different approach to this year’s budget — so make sure you tune in on Tuesday at 11:30 AM to find out how. By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf