A Coal Billionaire is Building the World’s Biggest Clean Energy Plant – Five Times the Size of Paris

An anonymous reader shared this report from CNN:

Five times the size of Paris. Visible from space. The world’s biggest energy plant. Enough electricity to power Switzerland. The scale of the project transforming swathes of barren salt desert on the edge of western India into one of the most important sources of clean energy anywhere on the planet is so overwhelming that the man in charge can’t keep up. “I don’t even do the math any more,” Sagar Adani told CNN in an interview last week.

Adani is executive director of Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL). He’s also the nephew of Gautam Adani, Asia’s second richest man, whose $100 billion fortune stems from the Adani Group, India’s biggest coal importer and a leading miner of the dirty fuel. Founded in 1988, the conglomerate has businesses in fields ranging from ports and thermal power plants to media and cements. Its clean energy unit AGEL is building the sprawling solar and wind power plant in the western Indian state of Gujarat at a cost of about $20 billion.

It will be the world’s biggest renewable park when it is finished in about five years, and should generate enough clean electricity to power 16 million Indian homes… [T]he park will cover more than 200 square miles and be the planet’s largest power plant regardless of the energy source, AGEL said.

CNN adds that the company “plans to invest $100 billion into energy transition over the next decade, with 70% of the investments ear-marked for clean energy.”

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Bezos, Other Amazon Execs Used Signal – a Problem for FTC Investigators

Pursuing an unfair business practices case against Amazon, America’s Federal Trade Commission has now “accused” Amazon of using Signal, reports the Seattle Times:

The newspaper notes that the app “can be set to automatically delete messages, to hide information related to the FTC’s ongoing antitrust investigation into the company.”

In a court filing this week, the FTC moved to “compel” Amazon to share more information about its policies and instructions related to using the Signal app… The FTC accused Amazon executives of manually turning on the feature to delete messages in Signal even after the company learned that the FTC was investigating and had told Amazon to keep documents, emails and other messages.

Many of Amazon’s senior leaders used Signal, according to the FTC, including former CEO and current chair Jeff Bezos, CEO Andy Jassy, and general counsel David Zapolsky, as well as Jeff Wilke, former head of Amazon’s worldwide consumer business, and Dave Clark, former worldwide operations chief. “Amazon is a company that tightly controls what its employees put into writing,” FTC attorneys said in a court filing Thursday. “But Amazon’s senior leadership also used another channel for internal communications and avoided the need to talk carefully by destroying the records of their messages….”

In the court filing Thursday, the FTC asked Amazon to provide two troves of documents related to its use of Signal: Amazon’s document preservation notices and its instructions about the use of “ephemeral messaging applications, including Signal.” The FTC said Amazon waited for more than a year after it learned of the investigation to instruct its employees to preserve Signal messages. “It is highly likely that relevant information has been destroyed as a result of Amazon’s actions and inactions,” the FTC wrote in court records.

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Russia Vetoes U.N. Resolution On Nuclear Weapons In Space

This week Russia vetoed a UN resolution that proposed banning nuclear weapons in space, CNN reports.

But it all happened “amid U.S. intelligence-backed concerns that Moscow is trying to develop a nuclear device capable of destroying satellites.”

In February, President Joe Biden confirmed the US has intelligence that Russia is developing a nuclear anti-satellite capability. Three sources familiar with the intelligence subsequently told CNN the weapon could destroy satellites by creating a massive energy wave when detonated…

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Wednesday’s vote “marks a real missed opportunity to rebuild much-needed trust in existing arms control obligations.” A US and Japan-drafted resolution had received cross-regional support from more than 60 member states. It intended to strengthen and uphold the global non-proliferation regime, including in outer space, and reaffirm the shared goal of maintaining outer space for peaceful purposes. It also called on UN member states not to develop nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction designed to be placed in Earth’s orbit….

Experts say this kind of weapon could have the potential to wipe out mega constellations of small satellites, like SpaceX’s Starlink, which has been successfully used by Ukraine to counter Russian troops. This would almost certainly be “a last-ditch weapon” for Russia, the US official and other sources said — because it would do the same damage to whatever Russian satellites were also in the area.

The article notes that in March Russian President Vladimir Putin “told officials that space projects, including the setup of a nuclear power unit in space, should be a priority and receive proper financing.”

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Ring Customers Get $5.6 Million In Refunds In Privacy Settlement

The FTC is issuing more than $5.6 million in refunds to Ring customers as part of a privacy settlement. The Associated Press reports: In a 2023 complaint, the FTC accused the doorbell camera and home security provider of allowing its employees and contractors to access customers’ private videos. Ring allegedly used such footage to train algorithms without consent, among other purposes. Ring was also charged with failing to implement key security protections, which enabled hackers to take control of customers’ accounts, cameras and videos. This led to “egregious violations of users’ privacy,” the FTC noted.

The resulting settlement required Ring to delete content that was found to be unlawfully obtained, establish stronger security protections and pay a hefty fine. The FTC says that it’s now using much of that money to refund eligible Ring customers. According to a Tuesday notice, the FTC is sending 117,044 PayPal payments to impacted consumers who had certain types of Ring devices — including indoor cameras — during the timeframes that the regulators allege unauthorized access took place. Eligible customers will need to redeem these payments within 30 days, according to the FTC — which added that consumers can contact this case’s refund administrator, Rust Consulting, or visit the FTC’s FAQ page on refunds for more information about the process.

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