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

Aaron Fair tears ACL, injuries mount for WHS wrestling program

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Aaron Fair, a Wellington High School senior, who has been ranked at 195 pounds in the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association for much of the season, has a significant tear in his ACL and is out for the season.This came on the heals of his second place finish in the Clearwater tournament on Saturday.Aaron FairWellington head coach Mitch McComb said Fair was wrestling D.J. Kessler of Independence in the 195 pound championship finals and was tied 5-5 in the third period. He was in the down position and got his foot caught underneath. His knee twisted and the ACL tore.  This was the same knee that Fair injured as a freshman.The injury is a huge blow to the WHS wrestling program which hasn’t had much luck this season. Fair had a 17-4 record and was one of the grapplers expected to make the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina.And if that wasn’t enough, Jace Lowe at heavyweight also suffered a deep shin bruise and may be out for a significant amount of time.While the injuries continue to mount, the wrestling program continues to wait for Andrew Pelkey’s reemergence who is still recovering from an ACL tear suffered in football. McComb said he won’t return until probably the Class 4A Regional in Pratt.“I have never seen anything like it in my nine years as a coach with the program,” McComb said.As far as the Clearwater tournament was concerned McComb said it was an unimpressive performance by the Dukes.Graysen DeJarnett, returned from injury, and wrestled at 145 pounds. He went 0-2.Zach Bodkins returned at 160 and finished 0-2.Skyler Brand was the only other wrestler to place in Clearwater. He finished second at 225 pounds.  Smoky Valley won the 14-team tournament.Wellington will travel to Andale Thursday for a key Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV double dual.The following are the Clearwater tournament results and season records as gathered by Steve Sturgis.145 lbs. – Graysen DeJarnett / 0-2 (10-8)152 lbs. – Skyler Struble / 0-2 (7-11)160 lbs. – Zach Bodkins / 0-2 (6-6)170 lbs. – Vincent Ast / 1-2 (14-11)182 lbs. – Joey Hayden / 2-2 (14-11)195 lbs. – Aaron Fair / 2-1 (Finished 2nd) (17-4)220 lbs. – Skylar Brand / 2-1 (Finished 2nd) (17-5)285 lbs. – Jace Lowe / 0-2 (3-5)Here’s the season totals for the JV to date:Daniel Schmidt 3-3Andrew Wolf  5-2Blake Bales  2-12Kaden Heacock  6-4Admad Mohammed 7-3Chandler Hain  5-5Aaron Schoemann  14-5Brad McBath 7-5Ian Groom 8-1Gabe Smith 11-1  (Now has a broken leg)Matt McComb 4-5Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

A Barça without a physical background

first_imgThe Barca crash in the second half reminded that of the last 20 minutes in the Super Cup against Atlético and calls into question the status of the players and the work plan of the technicians.The physical fall of Barça in the Bernabéu was capital. Only from that crash can you understand the last half hour of the champion, who fell to weight and did not have a single response to the outburst of passion and heart of Madrid. With a view to what is left of the season, It was worrying to see key players like Semedo, Jordi Alba, Vidal, Busquets or Messi, missing in the second part and surpassed on a physical level for the intensity of Madrid. Semedo played a second spooky part, Alba suffered with Valverde, Vidal began to be a machine to lose balls, Busquets could not multiply as in the first half and to Messi lacked a lot of spark. So much that, in the most significant play of the game, Marcelo won the decisive duel in a symbolic image.The scenario of the second part, which reminded of the last 20 minutes in Arabia against Atlético de Madrid in the semifinal of the Super Cup, feeds the legend installed long ago in the Barça locker room. A team that does not train much and that is not to hold games with a lot of rhythm. That it is prepared more in terms of self-management than of direction from the bench. And that has its consequences. It was to put Madrid’s heart into it, put it one more point of intensity, and drop Barça. The pace of the team is also pasty. Veterans over 30, Piqué Alba, Busquets or Messi, determine the rhythm of a team that sometimes leaves horrific images when De Jong arrives at the opposite area seconds before the rest and has to stand up and start again at the pace that veterans ask for. There are many doubts that Barça can physically reach the decisive part of the season. At the moment, he is already below in LaLiga and the toughest Champions League matches await him. It is a tremendously lacking equipment and that it numbs the one who wants to put it on, like De Jong or Braithwaite himself, that after leaving revolutionized and staying hand in hand with Courtois in his first minute in the field, he did nothing more.Shorter than football in other seasons, fitness is the other major concern of Barça with a view to the last leg of the League. Injured Suárez and Dembélé, just out of an injury Jordi Alba, physically lazy Busquets and Messi, the worst news for Setién is that he has only 14 players of the first team and he must know how to handle them so as not to run out of options in any competition ahead of time. But in the club there is concern that if homework was not done in their day, putting workloads now makes no sense. Barça will have to face the end of the season with the physical base that has been worked during the course. And it doesn’t seem like trusting.last_img read more