Amid jostling for Biden energy roles, New Mexicans stake claim on Interior

The state’s Rep. Deb Haaland and Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have become increasingly visible in pitching themselves as potential heads of the Interior Department, sources following the jockeying said.

Haaland, the vice chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, didn’t deny her interest in the role as she touted her potential inclusion in a potential candidates’ list as a historic first.

“I’m honored that people believe in my leadership in protecting our public lands and combating climate change,” said the first-term House member who previously served as the state’s Democratic Party chair. “It is also meaningful that our country has finally reached the point where having the first Native American Cabinet Secretary is a serious consideration. I am open to those opportunities where I can best serve New Mexico, Indian Country and our country at large.”

Udall’s office declined to comment, and pointed to his March 2019 announcement that he would not seek reelection to the Senate but that he was not done with public life.

“Now, I’m most certainly not retiring,” Udall said in that video. “I intend to find new ways to serve New Mexico and our country after I finish this term. There will be more chapters in my public service to do what needs to be done.”

A source familiar with Udall’s thinking told POLITICO he would consider the position if asked.

Udall comes from a storied political family. His father, Stewart Udall, led Interior for eight years under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations where he oversaw the dramatic expansion of millions of acres of public lands and assisted in passage of bedrock environmental statues, such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Haaland’s backers are pushing for her to make history as the first Native American to serve in a presidential cabinet.

New Mexicans for Interior – POLITICO

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A trio of New Mexican lawmakers is vying for the top Interior job in a potential Biden administration, sources tell POLITICO, though the campaign says it is focused on winning the election first.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals spent nine hours debating the fine points of the Trump EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule, a regulation that replaced the Clean Power Plan.

A Wyoming federal judge rejected an Obama administration rule intended to curb methane emissions, accomplishing in a day what the Trump administration failed to do in almost four years.

IT’S FINALLY FRIDAY: I’m your fill-in host Eric Wolff, and nicely done, you’ve made it to the end of the week. Good job, everyone! Congrats to Rob Hall from Entergy for being first to know that Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra both wore No. 8 when they caught for the Yankees and the retired number honors both of them. Also, apparently Khary Cauthen from Cheniere did submit the right answer for the first VP debaters, which was Tuesday’s trivia question, ME’s overactive junk mail folder nabbed it and I didn’t see it until Thursday. Since today is Bagel Friday in the Wolff household, your trivia question is: What’s the difference between lox and nova? Send your answer and your energy

2021 Acura MDX new interior design teased in latest video

The 2021 Acura MDX will debut in prototype form next week October 14, but that’s not stopping Acura from releasing a teaser video of the next-gen MDX’s classy, new interior. Acura’s flagship SUV is a solid contender in the three-row, seven-seat luxury segment, but the outgoing third-gen MDX’s lackluster interior is unworthy of praise.

All of that changes in the fourth-gen 2021 Acura MDX. Destined to arrive in North America by early or mid-2021, Acura claims its newest MDX is the most premium (i.e. the most luxurious) and highest-performing seven-seat SUV in the carmaker’s history. According to Acura, the incoming MDX prototype is worthy of becoming a flagship model with a fine blend of innovative design, better premium materials, and a bevy of class-leading tech features.

Based on Acura’s latest teaser video, the new MDX’s cabin is a sight to behold. The vehicle has a new Acura Precision Cockpit featuring a fully digital instrument display. Meanwhile, the central tunnel is home to a new drive mode feature, while the dashboard is flanked by a new HD infotainment system. The wider and lower instrument panel is accentuated by hand-wrapped leather, French stitching, and open-pore wood accents.

It’s hard to miss those new perforated Acura sport seats which, according to Acura, features a more sculpted form and quilted stitching in all three rows. The seats are also wider than before, while the front massaging seats will melt the stress away as you drive. Driving music is courtesy of an ELS Studio 3D ‘Signature Edition’ audio system with 25 speakers. Also new in the MDX is LED interior ambient lighting.

It all looks mightily good from our perspective. With its new exterior design and a brand spanking new interior, the 2021 Acura MDX is upping the ante against its main competitors like the

Heavy rains likely over South interior Karnataka, Malnad regions

New Delhi [India], October 9 (ANI): Fairly widespread rains with isolated places to very heavy rains likely over the south interior and Malnad regions and scattered to widespread light rains likely over the north interior region, said Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) on Friday.

Scattered to moderate rains over Coastal region, KSNDMC stated.

“South Interior Karnataka (SIK): Fairly widespread to widespread light to moderate rains with isolated places heavy to very heavy rains likely over Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Tumakuru, Chitradurga, Kolar, Mysuru, Mandya and Ramanagara districts. Scattered to widespread light to moderate rains likely over the remaining districts of the region,” said KSNDMC.

“North Interior Karnataka (NIK): Scattered to widespread light to moderate rains likely over Yadgir, Bidar, Kalburgi, Vijayapura, Haveri, Raichur and Koppala districts. Isolated to scattered light to moderate rains likely over the remaining districts of the region,” KSNDMC added.

KSNDMC further stated that fairly widespread to widespread light to moderate rains with isolated places heavy to very heavy rains likely over Chikkamagaluru and Hassan districts and light to moderate rains likely over Shivamogga and Kodagu districts.

“Scattered to widespread light to moderate rains with isolated places heavy rains likely over Dakshina Kannada district and light to moderate rains likely over Uttara Kannada and Udupi districts. Thunderstorm with lightning at isolated places over the State,” KSNDMC stated. (ANI)

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7 key interior trends to update your home in 2020

It doesn’t take much to lift your home interiors from the over-familiar to the warm and elegant, and Next’s Autumn/Winter range of home furnishings caters to comfort as much as to style

With autumn showing its colours, kids back at school and evenings drawing in, our focus naturally turns to the great indoors –  and after the year we’ve had, with lockdowns and working from home, it’s no wonder we’re casting a designer’s eye over our interiors, with a range of elegant cosy new furnishings and fixtures for the new season as we prepare to spend more time where our comfort zone is.

Next is welcoming the new season by launching Modern Country, giving tradition a contemporary twist, while Cocoon emphasises cosiness with statement teal blues and golds and warm neutral tones. With just a few well-placed selections from Modern Country and Cocoon – from colour schemes to accessories to chairs, sofas, beds and lights – you can embark on an effortless AW style-up in the place that matters most.

1: Country living

With a focus on heritage tones and traditional styles, the new season’s classic country look suits a townhouse as much as a farmhouse. Which is why Next’s Modern Country range hits so many buttons. You can imagine Heathcliffe himself taking to the The Sherlock II Armchair (£250) after a long day on the moors, while the Charlbury Large Sofa (£1,299) exudes the kind of traditional, all-enveloping deep-seated ultra-comfort that’s hard to extract yourself from. But have fun trying.

Modern Country: neutral tones meet luxurious textures

2: Retro fusion

In the kitchen, rustic meets clean minimalist elegance with the Adley Dining Table (£650) and Bench (£299) – think high-end rural gastro-pub – while the Dillon range of ceiling lights, the Globe, Droplet and Oval Pendant (£50), mix