CES 2021 - Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 7+ 2-in-1 PC and the deployment of its 85 ″ Surface Hub 2S

Microsoft is unveiling the Surface Pro 7+, a 2-in-1 laptop PC for business and education, which benefits from some improvements over version 7. The Surface Hub 2S digital board will ship in February. Rumors are rife that a Surface Pro 8 will be released soon. To be patient and to satisfy professionals, Microsoft unveils its Surface Pro 7+, a revised version of the Surface Pro 7 promised as more efficient.    Among the major evolutions of this new model, we note first of all the passage of the Intel Core processors from the 10th to the 11th generation. Storage will still be capped at 1TB, but a maximum of 32GB of RAM can now be installed, down from just 16GB previously. The SSD will also be removable and a Full HD webcam integrated into the Surface.  4G is now supported with a SIM card slot and eSIM support. Plus, battery life gets a big boost, from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm - on paper anyway - with a fast charge to 80% in an hour. The Surface 7 Pro +

U.S. relies on Mexico and Canada to help export coal

Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said Friday that Canada and Mexico could help export American coal to Asia to circumvent shipping blockages by west coast states concerned about the impact of fuel on climate change.

U.S. relies on Mexico and Canada to help export coal

Dan Brouillette said he expects the two American neighbors to offer coal export opportunities in negotiations that could be facilitated by the new North American trade agreement, the United States- Mexico-Canada, or USMCA, that President Donald Trump signed last month.

"This is why the USMCA was so important," said the secretary at an Atlantic Council event in Washington. "We hope to work more closely with Mexico and Canada to find export facilities to transport coal from Wyoming" and from other states in the United States to Asia and other world markets.

Wyoming is one of the major coal-producing states in the United States, but exports have been hampered.

The states of California, Washington and Oregon have blocked permits for coal ports due to concerns about the impact of coal on climate change. Some US lawmakers have complained about a lack of environmental standards in the USMCA.

"Nevertheless, that will not prevent the administration from working with our colleagues from Canada and Mexico to seek out these types of opportunities," said Dan Brouillette.

Following his meeting with Jason Kenney, the Conservative Premier of the province of Alberta in western Canada, he said, "We had an in-depth conversation on the same subject. I think there is a lot of interest in doing this from Canadians. "

Jason Kenney spokeswoman Christine Myatt said that "Canada's ports and railways are constitutionally under federal authority, as is bilateral cross-border trade."

US government continues to subsidize coal-fired power plants

The Canadian province of the west coast of British Columbia already exports American coal. If there was an agreement between Washington and Ottawa to increase shipments, the coal would likely be sent from Alberta to a port in British Columbia.

Mexico’s Energy Secretary Rocio Nahle’s office has yet to comment.

The Trump administration has tried to help coal mining companies suffering from the glut of cheap natural gas. Coal-fired electricity generation in the United States last year fell to the lowest level since 1975.

The Department of Energy will fund up to € 58.5 million for research and development to make its coal-fired power plants more efficient.