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

Wisconsin basketball returns to Milwaukee to take on Panthers

first_imgAfter a low-scoring win over Marquette in Milwaukee last Saturday, the No. 5 Wisconsin basketball team will travel back to Milwaukee to take on another in-state rival, UW-Milwaukee, on Wednesday night.The Badgers (8-1) struggled offensively in their 49-38 win over the Golden Eagles, shooting only 32.7 percent for the game and 26.7 percent from three-point range. However, UW held Marquette to just 28.9 percent shooting over the course of the game while turning the Golden Eagles’ 10 turnovers into 16 points.But despite the grind-it-out win over an in-state rival, UW head coach Bo Ryan wasn’t pleased with the Badgers’ 11 turnovers Saturday.“Even though 10 or 11 turnovers, people would kill to have that number, but to me, I don’t like it,” Ryan said. “I like five, six, seven [turnovers]. Those are opportunities where we don’t get a shot at the basket. It was self-inflicted.”Senior forward Frank Kaminsky led the Badgers with 15 points while senior guard chipped Josh Gasser in 12 points on four three-pointers. Saturday’s game was the second straight game where UW failed to have more than two players score in double figures.Preseason all-Big Ten selection Sam Dekker, who is dealing with a lingering ankle injury that he suffered before the team’s first exhibition game, played just 22 minutes and went 1-for-5 from the field and scored only two points. Prior to the Marquette game, Dekker was bothered again by the ankle injury and went just 2-for-5 against Duke last Wednesday while scoring five points.However, it appears Dekker is getting back to full strength as he did not miss either Monday’s or Tuesday’s practice. He is expected to play Wednesday against Milwaukee.UW-Milwaukee (4-5) has already lost three games to power conference opponents Auburn, Oklahoma State and DePaul. Their most recent game came Monday against DePaul when they lost 61-83.The Panthers are led by senior guard Steve McWhorter who leads the team in points per game (16.2), assists per game (3.4) and is second on the team in rebounds, hauling in 5.8 per game. No other player for Milwaukee averages double figure points.Milwaukee is not only a familiar foe for the Badgers — the two teams will meet for the 32nd time Wednesday with UW winning the last 21 meetings — but one that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season after winning the Horizon League Tournament as a five seed. The Panthers are coached by Rob Jeter, who has a long history with Ryan.Jeter played under Ryan — who also was a head coach at UW-Milwaukee — at UW-Platteville from 1987-1991, winning a national championship in 1991. Jeter was then an assistant coach with Ryan at Platteville, UW-Milwaukee and Wisconsin from 1994-2005.Ryan said he was impressed by the Panther’s unlikely run to the NCAA Tournament last season. He considered it one of the best coaching jobs Jeter has ever done.“The way [Milwaukee] pulled off and came around last year and won that conference tournament and got into the NCAA Tournament showed me a lot,” Ryan said. “I knew [Jeter] had some things in him. But last year’s run was probably his best ever, considering what he was working with.”Wisconsin and Milwaukee will tip-off at 8 p.m. Wednesday night. The game will be televised on ESPN2.last_img read more

Uganda leaps 8 places in World Rugby rankings

first_imgRugby Cranes celebrate a try during the Namibia game in Kampala. Photo via @WorldRugbyUganda is the biggest climber in the latest World Rugby rankings, leaping eight places after scooping 1.91 points for that spectacular win in Zimbabwe.On Saturday the Rugby Cranes pulled off a shock win over Zimbabwe on their own turf, the their first loss at home in three years, and the first time they were losing to Uganda.That the Sables threw away an early lead to the visitors makes the accomplishment sweeter. The rampaging Cranes managed five tries past the Sables, matching the hosts pound-for-pound until they run away with the win.Tomorrow, Thursday, Rugby Cranes travel to Nairobi for an all-out-war duel on Saturday against their noisy neighbours at RFUEA grounds.Share on: WhatsApplast_img

Steely Serena in ‘different space’, ready for record Slam win – coach

first_img“Having a baby is a big thing. So for a top-level athlete to come back and be 100 percent fit after having a baby any time, I think there was not enough time.“So I think now she’s ready physically. I think emotionally too because it’s a big change in anyone’s life to have a baby and you need to get used to a new life, and it took a bit of time.“But I feel now she’s back to being Serena on both the physical and emotional side. So I think her level is good. I think she needed a big fight, and it happened (against Halep) and I think it’s a great thing,” he added.Williams, seeded just 16, beat world number one Halep 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, repelling a gutsy fightback from the Romanian after blitzing her in the first set.She next plays seventh seed Karolina Pliskova for a place in the semi-finals, where she could meet either Osaka or sixth seed Elina Svitolina.Asked if the 37-year-old could go on and win her eighth title in Melbourne to match Court’s long-standing record, Mouratoglou replied: “Of course I believe she will win.“First of all, I always think she can win, and she will win. I think I should be in that state of mind. Because she’s Serena.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO; Serena WilliamsMelbourne, Australia | AFP | Serena Williams is emotionally and physically ready to win another Grand Slam, unlike during her famous meltdown in the final of the US Open last year, according to coach Patrick Mouratoglou.The 37-year-old American stormed past top seed Simona Halep to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open on Monday, with the Romanian saying it felt like being “hit by a train”.Long-time coach Mouratoglou said Williams was in a different space to the one she occupied at Flushing Meadows, when she controversially lost the decider to Naomi Osaka during her comeback from having a baby.In that match, Williams lost the plot, receiving a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling the umpire a “liar” and a “thief”.Mouratoglou admitted “I don’t think she was ready” to win a final back then.“There is a big difference between reaching a final and winning it,” he added.But four months on from that chapter of her life that Williams now refuses to talk about, he said she was “back to being Serena”.“I think she’s fitter than she was last year, because even though she made really a lot of efforts to come back in shape last year, I don’t think she had enough time,” he said.last_img read more

Lizzie wins in record style in USA

first_img9 Mar 2016 Lizzie wins in record style in USA England’s Lizzie Prior has won her first tournament on the US women’s college circuit with a 15-under par score for 54 holes. Prior, from Burhill in Surrey, took the honours in the Battle at Boulder Creek II where she had rounds of 64, 69 and 68. Her first round of eight-under par was a record at her college, the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The 18-year-old won the England Golf girls’ order of merit for 2015 and was in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals – helping to win the title for the eighth consecutive time. During the season – her last in junior golf – Prior won the girls’ title at the Fairhaven Trophy and was runner-up three times, in the English girls’ championship and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, as well as tying for second place in the English women’s amateur. She won the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale, helped by a course record of eight-under 67 on the New course. She also set a six-under record at Lindfield in Sussex, where she played college golf before taking up her scholarship in the USA. Prior is a member of the England Golf women’s squad (image © Leaderboard Photography)last_img read more

Boxing: IBF orders purse bid for Degale vs Uzcategui

first_imgAdvertisementDegale (24-2-1, 14KOs) is coming off of a razor close decision win over Caleb Truax in a rematch this past April. Some felt as though DeGale looked sluggish at times but he was able to eke out a victory and regain his IBF super middleweight title.Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) is coming off of a very impressive performance in which he stopped Andre Dirrell in the eighth round. That fight was a rematch after their first fight ended in controversial fashion with Uzcategui being disqualified.DeGale is a talented guy but is inconsistent and a guy that some consider being a “frontrunner”.  Uzcategui, on the other hand, could be considered an underrated fighter with big power and confidence to match. No doubt this fight could be intriguing.However, it must be noted that DeGale is currently in talks to possibly face WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. That could be a reason why negotiations between himself and Uzcategui haven’t went very far.Advertisementlast_img read more