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Editorial: Propping Up U.S. Coal

December 31, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: oioiyzvto.

first_imgEditorial: Propping Up U.S. Coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享New York Times:The fate of this boondoggle rests with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an independent regulator that is not bound to do what the administration wants. Its five commissioners — three Republicans and two Democrats — ought to think carefully before casting their votes. Mr. Perry’s proposal could add around $11 billion a year to the cost of electricity, depending on how the rule is interpreted, according to four separate research reports. Yet it would do little to improve the electrical grid. That’s because less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of power failures between 2012 and 2016 were caused by fuel supply emergencies, according to the Rhodium Group, a research firm.Regrettably, facts do not seem to matter to Mr. Perry, who famously called for the elimination of the Energy Department without understanding what it does. He has used a number of disingenuous arguments to justify his cockamamie proposal, including suggesting that it would have helped the grid deal with emergencies like the 2014 polar vortex, when frigid winds slammed the Northeast. In fact, the grid worked reasonably well then thanks to wind turbines and demand response, the system where grid operators ask big electricity users to temporarily use less juice. By contrast, some coal-fired power plants were unable to generate electricity because their coal piles froze and their equipment malfunctioned in subfreezing temperatures.This proposal has been so poorly thought out that it has made odd bedfellows of groups that are often on opposing sides of big policy debates. The oil and gas industry, for instance, has teamed up with renewable energy and environmental groups to fight it. Eight former FERC commissioners from both parties have sent a letter opposing the plan, arguing that it “would be a significant step backward from the commission’s long and bipartisan evolution to transparent, open, competitive wholesale markets.”If the Trump administration were truly concerned about reliability and resilience, it would have taken time to study the issue and identify the grid’s weakest links. It would have found that many power failures are caused when hurricanes and other severe weather knock out transmission lines and other equipment. During Hurricane Harvey in Texas, where Mr. Perry was once governor, coal-fired power plants had to switch to natural gas because their fuel became too wet to be moved.There is no question the government needs to think about and prepare for more blackouts. Most scientists expect an increase in severe weather events because of climate change, which Mr. Trump has described as a “hoax.” But it is doing the country no favors by using electrical reliability as a ruse to prop up its favored fossil fuel and stick ratepayers with the bill.More: The Trump Administration’s Coal Bailoutlast_img read more

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Kane, Henderson and Noble flooded with calls from players over safety fears

May 31, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: oysnvzlet.

first_img6HARRY KANE, Jordan Henderson and Mark Noble have been inundated by calls from worried players over whether it is safe for football to return.The 20 Premier League sides have reiterated their ambition to restart training this month with a planned resumption date on June 12.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates6 Worried players have been seeking the advice of Harry Kane6 Jordan Henderson is also a figurehead for players seeking adviceCredit: Getty – ContributorBut after Manchester City ace Sergio Aguero revealed he and many players are “scared” by amidst the coronavirus crisis, it emerged the English trio are top flight stars’ primary port of call.PFA bosses have also received a spate of calls and messages from worried players.Tottenham’s Kane, Liverpool’s Henderson and West Ham’s Noble, though, have emerged as figureheads for stars to contact with their concerns.The news comes as three Cologne players tested positive for coronavirus after returning to training, with the German league due to restart in the next fortnight.While clubs recognise the concerns of players are genuine and want to ensure an agreed solution, the scale of the issue puts a huge question mark over whether the game can return.Some players believe the planned return is purely for financial reasons and want complete assurances about their safety before they agree to resume.It is also believed a number of coaches have similar misgivings about returning, although they feel unable to make a public stand.But players have more ability to do so and the mood within the game is that they will not be bullied into coming back until every box is ticked.The latest star to admit to his concerns was Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who said: “It is absurd to talk about dates. You have to go back when the risk is zero.”Bobby Barnes, deputy chairman of the PFA, said: “We are in regular dialogue with players from all leagues and are representing all of their views and concerns during our regular meetings and communications with both PL and EFL.“Let there be no doubt that the health and welfare of players and the wider community has to be the overriding consideration above all else.6 West Ham’s Mark Noble has been in close contact with other playersCredit: Getty – Contributor6 This is how previous seasons would have finished at the top if the season was cut short by nine gamesmost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’6 This is how previous seasons would have finished at the bottom if the season was cut short by nine games“Players quite rightly require assurances that guarantee the safety of themselves and their families.”Prem bosses insisted: “The League’s priority is the health and safety of players, coaches, managers, club staff, supporters and the wider community.“The League and clubs are considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with Government guidance, under expert medical advice and after consultation with players and managers.”Simon Jordan says it’s ‘an absolute inevitability’ a player will catch coronavirus should the Premier League reconvene and calls for the season to be voidedlast_img read more

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