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

Farmingville Shooting Kills Mastic Beach Man

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police homicide detectives are investigating a shooting in Farmingville the killed a Mastic Beach man early Saturday morning, police said.The shooting occurred outside Empire Bar and Lounge on Warren Avenue at 3:16 a.m., police said. When police arrived to investigate the 911 call, they discovered that the victim, 25-year-old Randell Hollman, had already been taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for a gunshot wound.After Hollman was transported to the hospital, a large crowd was still outside the bar, police said, and some people were seen fighting.Hollman was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call homicide detectives at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Orion Group Holdings Bags Corpus Christi Contract

first_imgImage source: Orion Group HoldingsOrion Group Holdings’ Marine Segment has won a $18 million contract from the Port of Corpus Christi for the design, construction and dredging of a new cement unloading dock, set to be located on the Corpus Christi ship channel.  Commenting the latest contract, Port of Corpus Christi CEO, Sean Strawbridge, said: “The P3 paradigm (Public Private Partnerships) is a proven model for success as we continue to invest our capital, alongside our customers, in large industrial projects for the region.”“By using a design-build procurement process, Port Corpus Christi selected Orion to deliver our customer, GCCM Holdings (Gulf Coast Construction Materials), a world class cement handling terminal on Port property with a throughput in excess of 300,000 tons per year. “This P3 project is further example of the Port of Corpus Christi’s continued focus on cargo diversification while providing South Texas with much needed construction materials as we continue our epic industrial job-creating growth.”The project is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018 with a duration of approximately one year.last_img read more

Man United close in on Champions League with win at Palace

first_imgMarouane Fellaini took advantage of a goalkeeping howler as Manchester United overcame a wobble to win 2-1 at Crystal Palace and close in on Champions League qualification.The Belgian midfielder guided into an empty net 12 minutes from time after Julian Speroni failed to deal with Ashley Young’s cross. Jason Puncheon had come off the bench to level with a deflected free kick for the Eagles following Juan Mata’s first-half opener from the spot.The Red Devils had missed their previous two penalties and had not scored in three matches until the Spaniard coolly converted from 12 yards after Scott Dann was adjudged to have handled Young’s centre.The result means United end a run of three straight defeats and are now seven points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool. They will qualify for next season’s Champions League if the Merseysiders lose at champions Chelsea on Sunday.Van Gaal had been deprived of Angel Di Maria (training injury) and Robin van Persie (virus) in the lead up to the game and they suffered more woe when Luke Shaw was carried off on a stretcher following a first-half head injury.Wayne Rooney also picked up a knock and did not return for a barnstorming second period which saw David De Gea produce two astonishing saves to keep out Glenn Murray as Palace pressed. The impressive Puncheon also had a big penalty shout turned down when Mata appeared to clip him in the area but the Eagles could not snare the second equaliser their performance probably deserved and they were left to lament Speroni’s moment of madness.–last_img read more