Transport minister Stephen Hammond opens £7m Orient Vehicle Terminal at Southampton Docks

Hampshire Chronicle: Transport Minister Stephen Hammond Transport Minister Stephen Hammond

TRANSPORT Minister Stephen Hammond has today launched a new £7 million vehicle handling terminal at Southampton Docks.

The senior Tory politician joined civic leaders at the city's Eastern Docks to officially open the Orient Vehicle Terminal.

The giant four-storey steel framed building is the docks' fifth vehicle handling terminal - doubling the capacity there by creating three-extra acres of storage space.

It is crammed with rows of Minis, Landrovers and other British cars ready for inspection and storage before being shipped overseas, including the rapidly growing markets in China and the Far East.

Mr Hammond, who unveiled a ceremonial plaque, said the new investment showed the growing economic might of both the city and “UK plc” and added: “Southampton is proving a versatile and vital port well equipped for the future to facilitate and promote economic growth across the country and locally.”

He also viewed the progress of the flagship £150million scheme to expand the ports container terminal as part of a £500m quay to accommodate the world's largest container ships.

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3:38pm Mon 9 Dec 13

georgetheseventh says...

Millions of Freelanders , but don't forget the millions of Range Rover Evoques Echo.
Millions of Freelanders , but don't forget the millions of Range Rover Evoques Echo. georgetheseventh

5:25pm Mon 9 Dec 13

For pity sake says...

georgetheseventh wrote:
Millions of Freelanders , but don't forget the millions of Range Rover Evoques Echo.
Unless they've changed the article, it doesn't mention Freelanders - just Landrover who make both Evoques and Freelanders. So your point is...?
[quote][p][bold]georgetheseventh[/bold] wrote: Millions of Freelanders , but don't forget the millions of Range Rover Evoques Echo.[/p][/quote]Unless they've changed the article, it doesn't mention Freelanders - just Landrover who make both Evoques and Freelanders. So your point is...? For pity sake

6:21pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Galanthus says...

Where was the reporter? The new multi-storey is almost 100% imported BMWs and Minis imported from Germany and the USA. All the other multistoreys have Jags, Land Rover series and Uk made Minis(and Rolls Royces etc), but not the new multi-storey!
Where was the reporter? The new multi-storey is almost 100% imported BMWs and Minis imported from Germany and the USA. All the other multistoreys have Jags, Land Rover series and Uk made Minis(and Rolls Royces etc), but not the new multi-storey! Galanthus

7:49pm Mon 9 Dec 13

phil maccavity says...

Galanthus wrote:
Where was the reporter? The new multi-storey is almost 100% imported BMWs and Minis imported from Germany and the USA. All the other multistoreys have Jags, Land Rover series and Uk made Minis(and Rolls Royces etc), but not the new multi-storey!
As a bit of a car buff would be interested to know where the Mini is built in the USA
There is a small Mini production facility in Holland and an engine plant in Austria but almost all Mini production is carried out in Swindon where 80% of production is destined for export, mainly through Southampton.
The imported BMW's thro Southampton are likely to be X3 SUV's and 3 series sedans from the Rosslyn (Pretoria) plant in South Africa and X5 and X6 models from South Carolina in the USA
[quote][p][bold]Galanthus[/bold] wrote: Where was the reporter? The new multi-storey is almost 100% imported BMWs and Minis imported from Germany and the USA. All the other multistoreys have Jags, Land Rover series and Uk made Minis(and Rolls Royces etc), but not the new multi-storey![/p][/quote]As a bit of a car buff would be interested to know where the Mini is built in the USA There is a small Mini production facility in Holland and an engine plant in Austria but almost all Mini production is carried out in Swindon where 80% of production is destined for export, mainly through Southampton. The imported BMW's thro Southampton are likely to be X3 SUV's and 3 series sedans from the Rosslyn (Pretoria) plant in South Africa and X5 and X6 models from South Carolina in the USA phil maccavity

12:30pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Dan Soton says...

The Coal/Oil Billionaire Koch Brothers are using their wealth to Break Wind power and undermine sustainable energy projects.


The Koch Brothers have secured planning permission to build a huge pollution generating Sulphur plant 200m from the City's Cruise Ship berths,

Hmmm... passengers waving goodbye to their families/friends with the smell of rotten eggs wafting across the poop decks.. what a total and unmitigated disaster..

Southampton would be far better off fighting the likes of the Koch Brothers and their anti sustainable energy stance than the pitiful cowering down we have seen thus far..

Not forgetting if we don't have a massive increase in pollution free Wind/Solar power generation in Southampton we will be hit hard by multimillion-pound EU fines




THE KOCH BROTHERS ARE STILL TRYING TO BREAK WIND.

Posted: 12/09/2013 9:01 am.

AS CONGRESS DITHERS FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME OVER EXTENDING A KEY SUBSIDY FOR WIND ENERGY, THE INDUSTRY ONCE AGAIN IS UP IN THE AIR.

Called the production tax credit (PTC), the subsidy helps level the playing field between wind and fossil fuels and has proven to be critical for financing new projects, helping to make wind one of the fastest growing electricity sources in the country.

Given the planet needs to transition as quickly as possible away from coal and natural gas to carbon-free energy to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, who would be against renewing wind's tax credit?

The Koch brothers, that's who.

Charles G. and David H. Koch -- the billionaire owners of the coal, oil and gas Koch Industries conglomerate -- have enlisted their extensive network of think tanks, advocacy groups and friends on Capitol Hill to spearhead a campaign to pull the plug on the PTC.

NEVER MIND THE FACT THAT THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY HAS AVERAGED FOUR TIMES WHAT THE WIND TAX CREDIT IS WORTH IN FEDERAL TAX BREAKS AND SUBSIDIES ANNUALLY FOR THE LAST 95 YEARS.

The Koch network is fighting the wind industry on a number of fronts. Last month, Koch-funded Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) sent a letter signed by 52 House members to the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, urging him to let the PTC expire. Meanwhile, a coalition of some 100 national and local groups organized by the Koch-founded Americans for Prosperity sent a letter to each member of Congress asking them to do the same. And earlier this month, the Koch-funded Institute for Energy Research launched an anti-PTC ad campaign and released a report claiming that only a handful of states actually benefit from the subsidy.

MALCOLM GLADWELL DIDN'T INCLUDE THIS BATTLE IN HIS NEW BOOK DAVID AND GOLIATH BECAUSE, GIVEN THE ODDS, IT'S MORE LIKE BAMBI VERSUS GODZILLA.

The Kochs' Man in Congress

The fact that Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo is the Kochs' point man to scuttle the PTC in the House is a bit ironic given his state is a wind energy leader. Kansas has the second highest wind potential in the country, it has already attracted more than US 5 billion dollars in wind industry investment, and last year wind generated 11.4 percent of its electricity. With stats like that, the industry has broad bipartisan support. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts -- all Republicans -- are big fans.

But there's a catch. Although it appears evenhanded, Pompeo's bill would severely hamper wind and solar but preserve a number of oil, gas and coal subsidies, including the percentage depletion allowance, the ability to expense the costs of exploration, and the accelerated depreciation of certain kinds of "geologic property." These and other tax breaks he left out of his bill would be worth about US 12.5 billion dollars to the oil and gas industry from 2011 through 2015, according to a March 2012 Congressional Research Service report.

Why is Pompeo so down on wind? Perhaps it's because Koch Industries is headquartered in Wichita, smack-dab in the middle of his district -- and the fact that the company is by far and away his biggest campaign contributor. Since 2010, Koch Industries has given him US 200,000 dollars more than four times what his second highest contributor kicked in. Besides Koch Industries, three other oil companies are among Pompeo's top five contributors -- McCoy Petroleum, Mull Drilling and Richie Exploration -- and they're also based in Wichita.

So who signed the AFP letter? About half of the signatories are local tea party affiliates and anti-wind NIMBY groups of indeterminate size and funding. The other half are, for the most part, relatively obscure national groups, but there are a few that have attracted attention over the years for their contrarian views on climate science and renewable energy. Like AFP, those groups are awash in petrodollars. The American Energy Alliance (and its parent, the Institute for Energy Research), Competitive Enterprise Institute, Freedom Works, Frontiers of Freedom and Heritage Action (and its parent, the Heritage Foundation) collectively have received millions of dollars from Koch family foundations, ExxonMobil and the American Petroleum Institute, the oil and gas industry's premier trade association.

Given that it takes years to plan, finance and construct a wind farm, Congress is again undermining the industry's potential by slow-walking the PTC extension this year. And that potential is tremendous. Wind currently generates about 4 percent of U.S. electricity, but by 2030 it could produce more than 20 percent, the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory also is bullish on wind and renewables writ large. LAST YEAR, IT PUBLISHED A REPORT THAT CONCLUDED TODAY'S COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES COULD EASILY GENERATE 80 PERCENT OF U.S. ELECTRICITY BY 2050, WITH NEARLY HALF COMING FROM WIND. IF THE KOCH BROTHERS AND THEIR ALLIES HAVE THEIR WAY, HOWEVER, IT LIKELY WILL TAKE A LOT LONGER TO GET THERE -- AND IT WILL COST A HELL OF A LOT MORE.

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Ref: EU fines for Southampton.. failing in its legal duty to protect people from the harmful effects of air pollution.


http://www.clientear
th.org/201305012170/
news/press-releases/
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uk-government-is-bre
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Ref: Huge Koch/Oxbow pollution generating sulphur plant planned for Southampton.


http://www.dailyecho
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n_over_sulphur_plant
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The Coal/Oil Billionaire Koch Brothers are using their wealth to Break Wind power and undermine sustainable energy projects. The Koch Brothers have secured planning permission to build a huge pollution generating Sulphur plant 200m from the City's Cruise Ship berths, Hmmm... passengers waving goodbye to their families/friends with the smell of rotten eggs wafting across the poop decks.. what a total and unmitigated disaster.. Southampton would be far better off fighting the likes of the Koch Brothers and their anti sustainable energy stance than the pitiful cowering down we have seen thus far.. Not forgetting if we don't have a massive increase in pollution free Wind/Solar power generation in Southampton we will be hit hard by multimillion-pound EU fines THE KOCH BROTHERS ARE STILL TRYING TO BREAK WIND. Posted: 12/09/2013 9:01 am. AS CONGRESS DITHERS FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME OVER EXTENDING A KEY SUBSIDY FOR WIND ENERGY, THE INDUSTRY ONCE AGAIN IS UP IN THE AIR. Called the production tax credit (PTC), the subsidy helps level the playing field between wind and fossil fuels and has proven to be critical for financing new projects, helping to make wind one of the fastest growing electricity sources in the country. Given the planet needs to transition as quickly as possible away from coal and natural gas to carbon-free energy to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, who would be against renewing wind's tax credit? The Koch brothers, that's who. Charles G. and David H. Koch -- the billionaire owners of the coal, oil and gas Koch Industries conglomerate -- have enlisted their extensive network of think tanks, advocacy groups and friends on Capitol Hill to spearhead a campaign to pull the plug on the PTC. NEVER MIND THE FACT THAT THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY HAS AVERAGED FOUR TIMES WHAT THE WIND TAX CREDIT IS WORTH IN FEDERAL TAX BREAKS AND SUBSIDIES ANNUALLY FOR THE LAST 95 YEARS. The Koch network is fighting the wind industry on a number of fronts. Last month, Koch-funded Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) sent a letter signed by 52 House members to the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, urging him to let the PTC expire. Meanwhile, a coalition of some 100 national and local groups organized by the Koch-founded Americans for Prosperity sent a letter to each member of Congress asking them to do the same. And earlier this month, the Koch-funded Institute for Energy Research launched an anti-PTC ad campaign and released a report claiming that only a handful of states actually benefit from the subsidy. MALCOLM GLADWELL DIDN'T INCLUDE THIS BATTLE IN HIS NEW BOOK DAVID AND GOLIATH BECAUSE, GIVEN THE ODDS, IT'S MORE LIKE BAMBI VERSUS GODZILLA. The Kochs' Man in Congress The fact that Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo is the Kochs' point man to scuttle the PTC in the House is a bit ironic given his state is a wind energy leader. Kansas has the second highest wind potential in the country, it has already attracted more than US 5 billion dollars in wind industry investment, and last year wind generated 11.4 percent of its electricity. With stats like that, the industry has broad bipartisan support. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts -- all Republicans -- are big fans. But there's a catch. Although it appears evenhanded, Pompeo's bill would severely hamper wind and solar but preserve a number of oil, gas and coal subsidies, including the percentage depletion allowance, the ability to expense the costs of exploration, and the accelerated depreciation of certain kinds of "geologic property." These and other tax breaks he left out of his bill would be worth about US 12.5 billion dollars to the oil and gas industry from 2011 through 2015, according to a March 2012 Congressional Research Service report. Why is Pompeo so down on wind? Perhaps it's because Koch Industries is headquartered in Wichita, smack-dab in the middle of his district -- and the fact that the company is by far and away his biggest campaign contributor. Since 2010, Koch Industries has given him US 200,000 dollars more than four times what his second highest contributor kicked in. Besides Koch Industries, three other oil companies are among Pompeo's top five contributors -- McCoy Petroleum, Mull Drilling and Richie Exploration -- and they're also based in Wichita. So who signed the AFP letter? About half of the signatories are local tea party affiliates and anti-wind NIMBY groups of indeterminate size and funding. The other half are, for the most part, relatively obscure national groups, but there are a few that have attracted attention over the years for their contrarian views on climate science and renewable energy. Like AFP, those groups are awash in petrodollars. The American Energy Alliance (and its parent, the Institute for Energy Research), Competitive Enterprise Institute, Freedom Works, Frontiers of Freedom and Heritage Action (and its parent, the Heritage Foundation) collectively have received millions of dollars from Koch family foundations, ExxonMobil and the American Petroleum Institute, the oil and gas industry's premier trade association. Given that it takes years to plan, finance and construct a wind farm, Congress is again undermining the industry's potential by slow-walking the PTC extension this year. And that potential is tremendous. Wind currently generates about 4 percent of U.S. electricity, but by 2030 it could produce more than 20 percent, the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory also is bullish on wind and renewables writ large. LAST YEAR, IT PUBLISHED A REPORT THAT CONCLUDED TODAY'S COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES COULD EASILY GENERATE 80 PERCENT OF U.S. ELECTRICITY BY 2050, WITH NEARLY HALF COMING FROM WIND. IF THE KOCH BROTHERS AND THEIR ALLIES HAVE THEIR WAY, HOWEVER, IT LIKELY WILL TAKE A LOT LONGER TO GET THERE -- AND IT WILL COST A HELL OF A LOT MORE. http://www.huffingto npost.com/elliott-ne gin/the-koch-brother s-are-sti_b_4396033. html Ref: EU fines for Southampton.. failing in its legal duty to protect people from the harmful effects of air pollution. http://www.clientear th.org/201305012170/ news/press-releases/ supreme-court-rules- uk-government-is-bre aking-air-pollution- laws-2170 Ref: Huge Koch/Oxbow pollution generating sulphur plant planned for Southampton. http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/yoursay/lette rs/10499013.Confusio n_over_sulphur_plant / ,, Dan Soton

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