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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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FIBA Gives NBBF Nov 30 Ultimatum to End ‘War’

September 17, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: tdruvkbqd.

first_imgELECTION FALLOUTMay replace both Kida and Umar boards with a ‘Task Force’Duro IkhazuagbeThe internal crisis rocking Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) after two separate elections ushered in two different boards for the sport, basketball world governing body-FIBA, thursday issued Nigeria an ultimatum to resolve the matter before November 30 or face sanctions. In a letter signed by FIBA Secretary General, Patrick Baumann, and addressed to the two boards led by Ahmadu Musa Kida and Tijani Umar respectively wednesday, it warned that in the event that an amicable solution is not reached before the date, NBBF is to be suspended while a Task Force is appointed to run the sport.“In the event that a solution complying with the FIBA General Statutes is not found, the NBBF will be subject to the possibility of sanctions, including without limitation, a suspension of its membership with FIBA.“ In the event that a solution is not found, regardless of any sanctions, FIBA will appoint a task force that will take any appropriate measure(s) in the interests of basketball in Nigeria,” stressed the statement from FIBA also copied to the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC).Although FIBA insisted that it was going to be communicating with the Kida led board of NBBF, it clarified that it should not be taken to mean that FIBA has stamped that faction as the legitimate NBBF.FIBA will communicate, as of now and until 30 November 2017 solely with the persons named as board members on 13 June 2017 namely Mr Ahmadu Musa Kida as NBBF President and Mr Babatunde Ogunade as Vice President using for official correspondence.“It shall not be understood as a recognition by FIBA of the management elected on 13 June 2017,” FIBA further noted.It expressed its displeasure with the conduct of two separate elections on June 12 and June 13 for the same board of the NBBF.“FIBA is not entirely satisfied that either election was carried out in accordance with the FIBA General Statues. Consequently, pursuant to Article 9.10 of the FIBA General Statutes, FIBA cannot recognize either election.”FIBA therefore instructed the NBBF to resolve this current dispute internally, whether through new elections of (preferably) through an amicable solution under the auspices of the National Olympic Committee, before 30 November 2017.FIBA made it known also that it will continue to study the allegations of state intervention and non-democratic elections at the NBBF.Apart from the NOC, FIBA Africa President, Hamane Niang; and FIBA Executive Director Africa, Alphonse Bile were also copied on the Nigerian situation and line of action taken so far.When THISDAY contacted a member of the Kida led board, Col Sam Ahmedu (rtd) for his reaction, he admitted that the FIBA letter has been received at the NBBF secretariat and that his board was studying the situation and would take a decision soon.“It is true FIBA has made contact with us and we are studying the letter from the world body. We are going to make our position known soon,” stressed the ex-international basketball star who is head of FIBA Africa Zone Three.Soon after last Friday’s inauguration of all the 31 sports federations that were elected on June 13, the Kida led board issued a disclaimer on one Emmanuel Enejoh who had earlier sent out invitation letters to clubs to release their players for the African Women Basketball Championship scheduled for Bamako, Mali.In the disclaimer signed by NBBF Secretary General Chimezie Asiegbu, it warned the clubs and other stakeholders that there was no such position as Administrative Secretary in the federation and as such, all correspondents from the Tijani Umar led board should be discountenanced.Asiegbu then released a list of 29 players invited to the two camps here in Nigeria and Orlando, Florida in USA.The team is to be coached by Vincent James Samuel, appointed as the new Head Coach of the women senior national team in place of Scott Nnaji who is with Umar faction.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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