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Philippines Government Steps Back From Coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From ABS-CBN News Philippines:The Climate Change Commission said Thursday that President Benigno Aquino III has set into motion an urgent and comprehensive review of the government’s energy policy to cut down reliance on coal and move to a low-carbon future.Aquino, who chairs the Climate Change Commission, signed a resolution mandating the commission to facilitate “a national policy review and framework development on energy, through a whole-of-nation approach, in accordance with a low carbon development pathway and national goals and targets for climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development” with other government agencies in the next six months.The new resolution sets a clear government position on coal-fired power plants, which comprises the biggest source of man-made carbon emissions.Tim Buckley of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said that the government’s clear position on its energy source will avoid the increased stranded asset risk already evident in other countries.“This move by the Philippines is entirely commercially logical, and avoids the increased stranded asset risk already evident across Europe, America and China’s electricity sectors,” Buckley said.De Guzman is hopeful that the new policy will positively impact the country’s economy.“Philippine climate ambition is predicated on changing our energy pathways that ensure we send the right policy signals to the investment community and generate jobs for the modern economy,” De Guzman said.Philippines moves to cut dependence on coal
Washington D.C. — President Trump recently signed into law provisions authored by Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) to increase school security and protect students.The Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018 includes Messer’s legislation allowing local schools to apply for matching grants to make physical and technological improvements to improve security.“This is a major win to secure our schools and better protect our students,” Messer said. “Hoosiers get it. Targeting the Constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners is not the answer. I applaud President Trump for focusing on areas of consensus and delivering for Hoosier families, teachers and students.”The $75 million matching grant program created by the STOP School Violence Act could also be used to train students, teachers, school officials, and local law enforcement for emergency situations. The bipartisan legislation also provides funding to improve coordination between schools and local law enforcement.Messer recently visited Southwestern High School in his district, which has been called the “Safest School in America” because of its use of innovations like a direct camera feed to the county sheriff, real-time tracking, teacher panic buttons, bullet proof doors, and other innovations.Messer said the school’s physical infrastructure, coordination with law enforcement, and school safety training for students, teachers and faculty can be used as a model for other schools across the nation.“Right here in Indiana, Southwestern High School has gained a national reputation for school security,” Messer said. “More schools across America will now be able to follow this model to help keep our students safe.”