Op-Ed: Coal Trains

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Brian L. Gunn for the Auburn (Wash.) Reporter:When I ran for state representative in 2012, I walked downtown Auburn neighborhoods with a petition calling on state leaders to deny permitting of coal export terminals.The folks who signed the petition agreed that increased coal train traffic through our city was bad for our health, bad for our economy, and bad for our quality of life.In the years since, one coal terminal proposal after another has been rejected, due in large part to the determined opposition of regular folks like the ones who signed my petition.But coal trains can still be seen on an almost daily basis in the Auburn train yard. The U.S. still gets about a third of its power (down from around half a decade ago) from coal-fired power plants, and we’re still shipping millions of tons of coal to Asia.So where does all that coal come from?Much of it (41 percent, according to a report from the Interior Department) comes from public lands, land owned by taxpayers like you and me. The coal companies pay fees and royalties, but are we getting a fair price? Taxpayers for Common Sense says no, and the National Resource Defense Council estimates we may have been cheated by over $30 billion over the last 30 years.Bring in the social cost of burning fossil fuels anywhere in the world, the damage to human health, rising food costs from unproductive fields, and property damage from extreme weather events, and the evidence is clear: the American people are getting a raw deal for allowing coal companies to extract our natural resources.That’s why I’ll be testifying at a hearing in Seattle in support of the Obama administration’s moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands. Detractors of this plan claim the coal industry makes vital contributions to our economy, but, as we have seen, that argument just doesn’t add up.Job growth in the renewable energy sector is on the way up. The U.S. solar industry added some 35,000 jobs in 2015 alone. And increasingly, power generated through solar and wind costs no more than artificially “cheap” fossil fuels – as subsidized by you and me. We won’t be placing any financial burden on the household incomes of American ratepayers by accelerating the transition to cleaner ways to power our lives and homes.Full item: Supporting the moratorium on coal leases Op-Ed: Coal Trainslast_img read more

Search continues for missing Antique cop

first_imgSAN JOSE, Antique – The search and rescue (SAR) operation for a missing police officer who went missing between the waters of Sibolo and Sibato islands, two of the small islands comprising Caluya, Antique, continues. Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief Broderick Train said in an interview Monday that the SAR team found the cap of 33-year-old Police Corporal Mark Anthony Alejandro floating near Barangay Semirara, Caluya on May 10 – about two to three kilometers away from the area where their M/B Habana vessel capsized. Rescuers continue their search for Police Corporal Mark Anthony Alejandro who went missing when a vessel carrying him and other security personnel capsized in the waters of Caluya, Antique on May 8. His police cap was found floating near Barangay Semirara, Caluya on May 10. DEN DRAPIZA According to Police Corporal Jirus Paloma of the Caluya police station, the rough seas were too much for the vessel.For his part, Caluya mayor Regil Kent Lim earlier said that Antique lone district representative Loren Legarda sent a chopper and a speedboat to assist in the SAR operation. “It was truly an unpredictable accident that we are all worried of the situation of Police Corporal Alejandro, considering that he is a potential policeman and an asset to the organization and to the local government unit,” the mayor added.(With a report from PNA/PN) “The SAR operation is being conducted on a wider scale today to include the area where the cap of the police, was found,” said Train. Alejandro was reported missing while five others – three police officers and two Philippine Coast Guard members – were rescued after their motorboat capsized around 8:30 a.m. last Friday, police said.last_img read more

Mottershead rises to captain role in 1st season with Orange

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 19, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Alyscha Mottershead is not going to say she is the most qualified player for the captain’s job as a sophomore. But when Megan Bellingham was lost for the season with an injury, SU head coach Phil Wheddon was faced with filling that role for the second time this season. And he has found a viable candidate in Mottershead. A viable but unlikely candidate. Aside from being a sophomore, Mottershead just joined the Orange this year as a transfer from Iowa. She began donning the captain’s band for the Orange during an Oct. 8 matchup with West Virginia. She has established herself as a leader during her short time at SU, but she won’t be the first to boast about her new role on the team. ‘I feel like a lot of players could fulfill that role wearing the band or not,’ Mottershead said. ‘I don’t think it’s just a one-person job. I think that the fact that I was recognized by the team in that role means a lot to me.’ The Orange was left with a void when Bellingham’s chronic knee problems caught up with her for the second time in two years. Bellingham played her last game Oct. 3 against DePaul.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text But Wheddon had a very capable candidate at his fingertips. Mottershead, a former member of Canada’s U-17 national team, was captain for her squad during the bronze medal game in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier while she was still in high school. So when Bellingham went down, Mottershead was ready for the challenge. ‘I think just being asked to be captain and the fact that Megan couldn’t play that game is definitely an honor,’ Mottershead said. ‘It means that they respect me, but I respect everyone on the team and anyone that could have been given that role.’ Mottershead transferred from Iowa after last season, but she was a force during her freshman campaign with the Hawkeyes, recording 11 points on three goals and five assists. The sophomore’s modesty is a quality that has made her an excellent replacement. Her teammates said Mottershead will be the first to admit that the rest of the Orange is just as worthy as her. And Mottershead’s qualifications have made her an excellent choice for team captain. With just less than two years under her belt at the collegiate level, her ceiling is high. ‘It just says that she has a lot of time to grow as a captain,’ junior midfielder Amanda Morris said. ‘It’s really good to see that she’s stepped up, and she can become the captain of the Syracuse squad.’ Mottershead was familiar with teammates Kayla Afonso and Tina Romagnuolo before transferring to SU. Mottershead had the chance to play with Afonso and Romagnuolo in a national training center in Toronto, Ontario. Bryan Rosenveld, the coach of the U-17 Canadian team, instilled many leadership qualities into the trio during their time with him. That was the first step in making her the kind of player who would be ready to be a captain as a first-year player at SU. ‘It was like a college atmosphere without the schooling,’ Mottershead said. ‘It’s definitely really intense, and we had fitness routines and practices, but he puts you into the mindset of a national player and being able to work under that kind of pressure.’ But this type of youth and leadership has had a positive effect on the Orange so far this season. With no seniors likely to be in SU’s starting lineup for the remainder of the season, the last two games provide Mottershead the opportunity to grow and gain experience with her teammates. It excites players about what the future may hold, including sophomore defender Skylar Sabbag. ‘It’s amazing because we’re so young, and sometimes I think about when we’re seniors, imagine how solid we’re going to be,’ Sabbag said. ‘We’re going to have so much depth and seniority, and it’s just going to be crazy how unstoppable we could be.’ adtredin@syr.edulast_img read more