PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – On Friday, U.S. Steel announced that it is abandoning its $1.5 billion project to upgrade its steelmaking in the Mon Valley. Local experts think this could be part of the company’s pledge earlier this month to go carbon free by 2050. READ MORE: On A Positive Note: 9-Year-Old Girl From Butler County On Mission To Spread Kindness “It does produce a lot of CO2 though,” explains Professor Christ Pistorius, co-director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research. “To make one ton of steel, you produce almost two tons of CO2 in the process,” Pistorius told KDKA money editor Jon Delano. Carbon dioxide is a byproduct of making steel in a blast furnace that uses coke from coal. But it’s not the only way to make steel. U.S. Steel recently bought Big River Steel in Arkansas that uses an electric arc furnace, instead of a blast furnace. “It is one of the nation’s newest steel production plants,” says Ron Ashburn, executive director of … [Read more...] about Local Steel Experts Say US Steel’s Decision To Drop $1.5 Billion Mon Valley Project Makes Sense
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Julian Zelizer, a CNN political analyst, is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and author of the book, "Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party." Follow him on Twitter @julianzelizer . The views expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN) There is something about Andrew Yang that makes him the candidate to beat in New York City's mayoral race. With less than two months to go before the Democratic primary on June 22, Yang continues to outpace his many rivals in a notoriously tough city. Julian Zelizer What is it about Yang that has made him such a powerful candidate in 2021? His frontrunner status was not a foregone conclusion. Yang entered this race with no experience in politics, other than his 2020 presidential bid. While his presidential campaign lasted longer than expected, having attracted a loyal group … [Read more...] about What makes Andrew Yang appealing to New Yorkers?
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Changes from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation could make it faster for people in prison to be released. The move has sparked conversation and controversy across the state. The changes could impact thousands of inmates by adding more value to their good conduct credits, though it doesn’t affect any credit already received. The goal is to cut down the state’s prison population by allowing people on their best behavior an opportunity to re-enter society sooner. READ MORE: 'It Hurt Pretty Bad': Sacramento Man Shot With Paintballs Has Warning For Community, Suspects “You have a different person being released than the person that went in,” said defense attorney, Mark Reichel, a supporter of the move. “Recidivism actually goes down substantially when they perform educational and supportive programs,” Reichel added. Some community members echoed the same idea, like Chito Bustamante. He’d like to see more people earn their way out. … [Read more...] about CDCR Makes Changes to ‘Good Conduct Credits,’ Could Put Inmates In Front of Parole Board Sooner
Kara Alaimo, an associate professor of public relations at Hofstra University, is the author of "Pitch, Tweet, or Engage on the Street: How to Practice Global Public Relations and Strategic Communication." She was spokeswoman for international affairs in the Treasury Department during the Obama administration. Follow her on Twitter @karaalaimo . The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN) On Wednesday, Facebook's oversight board upheld the company's January 7 decision to disable former President Donald Trump's account in the aftermath of a deadly riot at the nation's Capitol -- but threw the decision back to Facebook on how long the ban should last. The board gave Facebook six months to decide how long the punishment will apply. Kara Alaimo There's only one justifiable verdict that Facebook can reach: Trump should be banned from Facebook -- and Instagram, which the company also owns -- … [Read more...] about The only decision Facebook should make on Trump
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is vice provost of global initiatives and a professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Follow him on Twitter at @ZekeEmanuel . The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN) Facebook's Oversight Board has upheld the site's decision to restrict former President Donald Trump's access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account, given that "the risks of allowing President Trump to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great." However, Facebook and the Board should go farther and institute a permanent ban of Trump's account. The risks inherent in allowing Trump to have a Facebook account remain: if he uses it to stoke Covid-19 misinformation his postings could indirectly contribute to hundreds -- if not thousands -- of deaths. The issue at hand is "misinformation" -- false information that is spread regardless of the intent … [Read more...] about Facebook should make Trump’s ban permanent