On the Blogs: Trump’s Fake News on Coal

first_imgOn the Blogs: Trump’s Fake News on Coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wamsted on Energy:John Adams, our second president, generally gets credit for this wonderful aphorism, but regardless of who was the first to say it, the observation itself is what matters: You simply cannot wish away facts. This came to mind earlier this week when I looked at the Energy Information Administration’s monthly electric power overview (which can be found here); it’s a publication that only the geekiest of energy wonks would ever read, particularly on a regular basis. However, dry as it may be, it does one thing exceedingly well: It presents facts, just as they are—not as people may want them to be.One of the many such facts that caught my eye this month concerns electricity generation from coal, that shiny black rock that seems to be the moving force behind all the Trump administration’s energy and environmental policies. ‘The war on coal is over,’ his minions mouth repeatedly. ‘We are going to bring the jobs back,’ the president assures miners at every opportunity.Problem is, facts are stubborn things. In the EIA review, which covers the first nine months of 2017, coal-fired electricity generation fell compared to the comparable year-earlier period. To be fair, it didn’t drop by much, sliding 1.5 percent to 919,805 thousand megawatt-hours from 934,267 thousand mwh a year ago. However, if the war is over and the jobs are coming back, then there should have been no slide at all; indeed, there should have been an increase.The slide in coal-fired generation also pushed coal production for the sector, which accounts for the vast majority of U.S. coal consumption, down during the first nine months. Overall, just over 504 million tons of coal were used to generate electricity, down from 509 million in 2016—which was the lowest production year for the industry since 1979. Hardly the turnaround the Trump administration repeatedly trumpets.What the administration definitely doesn’t trumpet in its incessant tweets and coal-dominated decision-making, is that during this same nine-month period, generation from non-emitting wind and solar jumped 13.6 percent, climbing to 284,584 mwh from 250,482 mwh in 2016. Combined with hydro, renewables generated just over 525,000 mwh of electricity annually for the first nine months of the year, within hailing distance of the nation’s nuclear sector, which has generated just under 600,000 mwh so far this year.And while the administration clearly is not a fan of renewables, more growth in this sector is just around the corner. The American Wind Energy Association says 84,000 MW of wind capacity are installed across the United States, with another 25,000 MW under construction. Similarly, the Solar Energy Industries Association reports that 47,000 MW of solar capacity has been installed in the U.S., with another 21,000 MW of utility-scale solar generation currently in the construction pipeline.As much as Trump and his backers like to blame renewables and the environmental community for the downfall of coal, the stubborn little fact is that the war, such as it was, against coal was waged, and won, by natural gas. From an expensive afterthought used largely just as a peaking resource during periods of high demand in the early 2000s, natural gas has taken ever-larger chunks of the electric generation market since then. From less than 20 percent of the total in 2001 (when coal’s share was roughly 50 percent), natural gas’ share of the market has climbed steadily, reaching 34 percent in 2016 and topping coal as the largest single source of electricity in the United States.More: The Facts Tell The Story: Coal Comeback Is Nothing But A Trump Delusionlast_img read more

Millennials are key to credit union growth

first_imgMillennials, that tenacious generation born during the late 80’s and through the 2000’s, are the driving force behind a significant upsurge in credit union growth.According to a study conducted by the TransUnion, the percentage number of millennials using credit unions has experienced a meteoric rise, growing from 20% just back in 2013 up to to a whopping 25% in the first quarter of 2016.Why is this happening? After considering the millennial mindset, the gravitation to credit unions seems obvious. Yet the rate of movement is higher than anyone could have projected.One of the most defined characteristics of the millennial generation is an increase in a general sense of duty or civic-mindedness.For distrustful customers, growing up during the banking crises of the early 2000s, the community-driven, community-controlled core of the credit union business model is a breath of fresh air in the search for a big banking alternative to auto loans, mortgages and credit cards. A non-profit credit union offers clear transparency – the members are the ones who benefit, and the members are the ones who retain control. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Keogh has no Ireland regrets

first_img “It’s one to look forward to. The two sets of fans are up there with some of the best in the world, so I am sure it will be a really special night.” It will be particularly special for Keogh if he is asked to partner John O’Shea at the heart of Martin O’Neill’s defence, and far from fearing the mission, he insists he would relish the chance to test himself against strikers he knows well. Keogh said: “It would be something I would really enjoy and really relish. I would relish the challenge of playing – that’s why you are in football, to play big games, and they don’t come much bigger than this. If I am called upon, then I will be ready, and not just me, but the whole group. “They [Scotland] have obviously got good players. [Steven] Fletcher is in good form and scoring goals, but obviously knowing Chris Martin and Jonny Russell from Derby, I know what threat they possess. “But it’s built up to be an exciting game and it should be a great atmosphere.” That atmosphere is something Ward has experienced once before, and he is looking forward to revisiting a stadium which holds a special place in the hearts of many of his compatriots. He said: “I have played there once, in a pre-season friendly. I think there were about 30,000 people there. It’s a very special place and I think any Irish person going there will tell you how special it is to them, so it’s a game we are all really looking forward to.” Richard Keogh is ready to answer his country’s call on Friday night with no regrets over his decision to declare for the Republic of Ireland. The Republic will meet Scotland in Glasgow at the end of a week which has seen a debate over players opting to represent countries other than that of their birth grow increasingly tetchy, with Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy both preparing to return to their native country in the green of Ireland. But 28-year-old Derby defender Keogh, who was born in the Essex town of Harlow, had no decision to make when his time came. He said: “For me, it was a no-brainer. My dad was born in Carlow and moved over to England when he was a bit older, but my nan and grandad lived there all their lives. “I played for the Under-19s and to me, the natural progression was to play for the Under-21s and hopefully the seniors. That was my aim, so for me it was a very proud moment when I got the call to play for Ireland – and it was the best decision I ever made.” Keogh could well line up against the Scots at Celtic Park with Stoke’s Marc Wilson having been ruled out through injury, and the atmosphere is certain to be intense with McGeady and McCarthy seemingly certain to be given a hostile reception. However, full-back Stephen Ward is convinced neither man will be affected if that proves to be the case. Ward said: “I don’t think they have really taken much notice of it. There are a lot of things said coming up to the games in the press, heat-of-the-moment stuff. “They are just training – obviously James is looking to get himself right and Aiden has just trained away. We tend to just concentrate on ourselves and get ready for the game in our own way. “I’m sure they have been booed before. Aiden has played in Old Firm games, James has played in derby games, so it will be nothing new to any player. “But it will be a special occasion, a special atmosphere and I am sure they will savour it as much as anyone else. Press Associationlast_img read more

Uganda 1 Mali 1: Miya the hero with first goal since 1978

first_imgNasur  11′Omondi  58′Eyo  54′ LIVE – AFCON****PREVIEWUganda Cranes start their final AFCON 2017 game against Mali today with a team minus three key players who started the heart-breaking match against Egypt.Striker Geoffrey Massa has been dropped while goalkeeper Denis Onyango and defender Denis Timothy Awany will not be part of one final push for a goal and win due to injuries.Cranes will hope to wind up their return to the high table of African football with a goal, and win, when they take on Mali today.“We came here to play three Cup finals — the first we lost on a penalty to Ghana and the second we lost in the last minute on the counterattack. We will see how we play the last match but the ambition remains that we want to go home with pride and with a win.” said Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic as he looked forward to third and final ‘final’.Uganda, already eliminated after the Egypt defeat, will hope to bow out of their first Cup of Nations in 39 years by registering a first goal and a first win since their last appearance in 1978.Uganda’s last goal was scored by legend Phillip Omondi as Uganda marched over Nigeria 2-1 in March 1978 Uganda 2–1 Nigeria Egypt top groupUganda had already been eliminated and Mali needed to win and hope Egypt lost to Ghana to have a chance of sneaking through as runners-up.But record seven-time champions Egypt won 1-0 in Port-Gentil to top the final standings with seven points and Ghana also progressed with six.Mali ended third with two points and Uganda, returning to the tournament after a 39-year absence, came last with a solitary point.Miya gave the Ugandan Cranes a 70th-minute lead in northern Gabon and Bissouma equalised three minutes later.A torrential pre-match downpour created puddles of water in some areas of the pitch.In such demanding conditions, teams often prefer a direct, long-ball approach, but the Malian Eagles and the Ugandan Cranes opted for a passing game.It delivered comical results at times as players from both teams overran a ball that got stuck in the heavy pitch.Miya in action. PHOTO AFPGenuine scoring chances were scarce with Mali captain Yacouba Sylla coming as close as anyone to breaking the opening-half deadlock.Impressive winger Bissouma pushed the ball into the area just outside the box and Sylla unleased a shot that was just too high.After having a 69th-minute goal correctly disallowed with two players clearly offside, Uganda went ahead almost immediately after.Belgium-based teenager Miya latched on to the ball outside the box and gave goalkeeper Oumar Sissoko no chance with a stinging shot.Mali levelled when Bissouma slammed a medium-range free-kick in front of goal past a poorly organised defensive wall and wide of goalkeeper Robert Odongkara.The first competitive match between the countries took place in a 20,000-seat stadium built for the tournament outside the town of Oyem.Readying a venue surrounded by a huge rain forest was a close call with workers applying the finishing touches just hours before the first matches last week.Like the other three Cup of Nations venues in Gabon, the Oyem pitch has come under fire from coaches.Tournament officials showed little sympathy, however, with one telling Ivory Coast handler Michel Dussuyer “you have played on worse elsewhere”. Tweets about @UgandaCranesCranes starting XI: Robert Odongkara; (GK) Denis Iguma, Murshid Jjuuko, Hassan Waswa Mawanda, Godfrey Walusimbi;  Khalid Aucho, Geoffrey Kizito, Moses Oloya, Luwagga Kizito, Joseph Ochaya and Farouk Miya CAF committee member and former Senegal striker Khalilou Fadiga was equally unmoved by complaints.“Let the players not expect the pitches in Africa to be like those in Europe,” he said. Egypt defeat painful, lessons learntUganda coach Milutin Sredojevic admitted the way in which his side were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations with a last-gasp defeat to Egypt on Saturday was a crushing blow.“We have come after 39 years and paid for the lesson in a hard way. If you lose in a convincing way you accept it, but in this way it is very hard to accept.“We tried our best but unfortunately it was not enough,” said “Micho” after Abdallah El Said’s 89th-minute strike, from a Mohamed Salah assist, gave Egypt a 1-0 win in the Group D encounter in Port-Gentil.“This level of competition demands total focus of concentration on details that decide games.“We couldn’t keep that concentration up to the last moment — when we were supposed to close the game out we allowed a counterattack and the experience and quality of Salah made the difference“Now we need to pick up the pieces and look forward in order to see who will play the last game — it is hard to say who will play in the last game, we have certain injuries like (goalkeeper Denis) Onyango. Mali’s midfielder Yves Bissouma (L) challenges Uganda’s defender Godfrey Walusimbi during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Uganda and Mali in Oyem on January 25, 2017. AFP PHOTOFT: Mali 1 (Bissouma 73) Uganda 1 (Miya 70) ; Egypt 1 (Salah 11) Ghana 0QUARTERS: Senegal vs Cameroon;  Burkina Faso vs Tunisia ; Morocco vs Egypt;  DR Congo vs GhanaAfrica Cup of Nations Group D Egypt         3 2 1 0 2 0 7 – qualifiedGhana       3 2 0 1 2 1 6 – qualifiedMali           3 0 2 1 1 2 2Uganda    3 0 1 2 1 3 1Farouk Miya scored a historic goal, but it was not enough to give Uganda their first win of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final.Miya grabbed Uganda’s first goal of AFCON 2017 in the second half versus Mali, the first goal at this level by Cranes since Phillip Omondi scored against Nigeria in March 14, 1978.Mali responded soon after on a rain-drenched Oyem pitch, Yves Bissouma equalizing soon after.Belgium-based Miya last year also scored the lone goal against Comoros that put Uganda into their first Nations Cup finals – since Omondi’s 1978 team. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Salah sends Egypt into Cup of Nations last 16

first_imgHaving created the opener with his vicious right-wing cross, Salah then stung the palms of Ley Matampi with a powerful 25-yard free-kick.Egypt would be rescued by the woodwork once more though when a deep cross was nodded back across goal by Bokadi Bope and Jonathan Bolingi’s looping header bounced back off the bar.With his side riding their luck, Salah rose to the occasion and settled Egyptian nerves two minutes before half-time with a typically brilliant finish.Played into space down the right by Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, Salah skipped inside Tisserand and ripped a crisp low drive inside Matampi’s near post to cue a volcanic eruption from the masses of delirious Egyptian supporters.Mohamed El Shenawy produced an excellent sprawling second-half save to claw out a Jacques Maghoma header, but despite an improvement on a horror first outing, DR Congo now know they must beat Zimbabwe in their final game in order to possibly advance as one of the four best third-place finishers.“The feelings are mixed when you play such a match. Unfortunately we lost so the feeling is one of hurt, particularly for my players. They gave a lot and fought hard but didn’t get the result,” said DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge, whose side fell 2-0 to Uganda in their opening match.“We’ve got one match left against Zimbabwe and we can hope for third place. We’re going to fight until the end.”Share on: WhatsApp Egypt’s forward Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Egypt and DR Congo at the Cairo International StadiumCairo, Egypt | AFP |  Mohamed Salah scored his first goal of the Africa Cup of Nations as hosts Egypt secured a place in the last 16 on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo.Ahmed Elmohamady prodded Egypt ahead on 25 minutes after a wicked Salah cross and the Liverpool star slammed in a second shortly before half-time to spark frenzied celebrations at a packed Cairo International Stadium.Record seven-time champions Egypt rode their luck at times as DR Congo twice struck the crossbar in the first half but the Group A leaders held firm to join Nigeria as the first teams through to the knockout phase.Egypt overcame the distraction of Amr Warda being banished from the squad earlier in the day over mounting sexual harassment allegations. The claims surfaced earlier this week on social media platforms. Multiple women posted screenshots and testimonies of Warda’s alleged lewd comments.“I think the team is strong and the squad is strong but we are not happy to lose a member of our family,” said coach Javier Aguirre. “The team focused more on our match and played the 90 minutes in a serious manner. I don’t think the Egyptian team will be affected by the absence of anyone.”Mexican Aguirre fielded the same side that defeated Zimbabwe 1-0, with centre-back Ahmed Hegazy sporting a mask after breaking his nose in the opening game of the tournament.Salah was guilty of missing a hatful of chances in the curtain-raiser and this season’s Premier League joint top scorer again threatened inside five minutes here when an interception broke his way only for the Egyptian to skew wide under pressure.After four days of small crowds, another capacity 75,000 crowd turned out to cheer on the hosts in the capital, but they were nearly silenced when Marcel Tisserand slammed against the bar at a corner.– Salah takes over –DR Congo came to Egypt as one of the most unpredictable qualifiers having finished third in 2015 only to make a timid quarter-final exit two years ago, and they fell behind for the second straight game as Elmohamady forced home after the ball fell kindly to him following an aerial challenge with Christian Luyindama.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Granite Pointe Tournament of Roses

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the winners with Team of the Week accolades. Granite Pointe Ladies Golf Club recently held its annual Tournament of Roses event at the Rosemont Course.The tournament was once again a great success as players from throughout the zone attended.The Low Gross winners was the team of Diony McArthur and Loretta Bulfone while two Granite Pointe players Tammy Avis and Sherry McIvor took home the Low Net title.last_img

Free Podcasts on Building Topics

first_imgWhen Corbett Lunsford got out of the music business and took up building diagnostics and consulting, he learned that old hands in the industry weren’t always interested in sharing their trade secrets. They were, in fact, “a little bit cranky” when Lunsford came calling.So the Chicago-based Lunsford vowed that when he became more established, he’d share what he knew with anyone who was interested — for free.The result is a series called The Building Performance Podcast. To date, Lunsford has produced 58 podcasts ranging from 15 minutes to 45 minutes in length. You can listen to them online or download them as MP3 files.The podcasts are a sideline for Lunsford, the managing director and trainer of the Green Dream Group, a company which he started with his wife, Grace Lunsford, in 2008. About 60% of his time goes to Green Dream, which performs building diagnostics, and about 40% to the Building Performance Workshop, which trains others.Lunsford produces all of the podcasts himself, recording them “guerrilla style” with his iPhone. He says there are about 2,000 downloads per episode.The podcasts also have become a learning tool as Lunsford tracks down and interview experts on topics he’d like to learn more about it. In that sense, he says, the podcasts are a little selfish.Lunsford, a HERS and Passive House Institute U.S. rater, is also author of a book, Home Performance Diagnostics: The Guide to Advanced Testing.last_img read more

Racraquin rolls SBC to 4th victory

first_imgTiu, Quimpo to take on all comers Ma. Nieza Viray added 14 points, Trisha Paras had 13 points, while Satriani Espritu and Maria Jiezela Viray both got 10 hits to aid the Lady Red Spikers’ cause.Mapua, meanwhile, continued its search for a breakthrough win after absorbing its fourth straight loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDianne Latayan carried the Lady Cardinals with 10 points.Later in the day, undermanned San Sebastian still proved to be too good for St. Benilde as it came away with a 23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 triumph. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCesca Racraquin powered San Beda to a 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15 victory over Mapua in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The open spiker unleashed 19 points, 17 coming off kills, on top of 17 digs and 13 receptions to steer San Beda to a share of the top spot with idle Arellano at 4-0.ADVERTISEMENT Nikka Marielle Dalisay topscored for the Lady Stags with 19 points, 15 coming from spikes and three off blocks, while Joyce Sta. Rita had 12 points.Daurene Santos added 11 for San Sebastian, which rose to 2-2. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqlast_img read more