Editorial: Wisconsin Coal Plant Is Closing for Good Reason

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wisconsin State Journal:Coal is not coming back. Sorry, Wyoming, West Virginia and other states that mine the fading fuel.Wisconsin, which imports most of its energy, is shutting down another coal plant, with plans to rely on more natural gas and renewable energy instead.Congratulations to We Energies on its smart decision this week to close its Pleasant Prairie plant in Kenosha County. The plant burns about 13,000 tons of coal a day, most of it shipped here from Wyoming. The plant’s buildings and equipment will be removed, according to We Energies, which has pledged to help about 150 employees find jobs elsewhere in the company.The free-market economy favors natural gas, and the cost of renewable energy is falling, especially for solar.Moreover, an increasing number of customers want their power companies to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, which emit the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet.The State Journal this week reported “wind technician” is the fastest-growing occupation in the United States. Wind generation employs about 102,000 workers, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. An even bigger employer is solar energy, which accounts for about 374,000 jobs.That’s far more than the 86,000 positions attributed to coal generation, or the estimated 74,000 coal miners.The Trump administration is aggressively trying to defy market trends. Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, for example, has been pushing for subsidies for coal plants that stockpile supplies as a supposed security measure. Yet despite Perry’s best efforts, three coal-fired plants in Texas recently announced they are shutting down.This is good — not just for the planet and future generations of Americans, but also for utility bills.We Energies told the Racine Journal Times this week that its goal in shuttering its Pleasant Prairie coal plant is to reduce the cost of supplying power as well as cutting carbon-dioxide emissions. We Energies also has plans to develop a large solar energy project in the state by 2020.The future is clean energy — no matter how much the president wants to return to the past.More: Editorial: Coal plants will continue to shut down Editorial: Wisconsin Coal Plant Is Closing for Good Reasonlast_img read more

FAI releases payment timeline

first_img Delaney, Kattner and secretary general Jerome Valcke’s signatures also appear on the agreement document relating to the loan, again posted by the FAI on its official website. Earlier, Kenny had said he believed the FAI chief’s position remained “tenable” and expressed his confidence that outstanding questions about the payment would be responded to. Sports Minister Pascal Donohoe, also at the talks in Dublin Castle, said he spoke with Delaney and also pressed him to bring “clarity and certainty” to the matter. “It is in everybody’s interest that these matters be cleared up,” he said. The minister added: “It is primarily a relationship and transaction that took place between the FAI and FIFA and I expect that clarity will be brought to this issue.” He added: “It is a significant amount of money, it is obviously something that the country does have a lot of interest in.” Donohoe refused to say whether he was reassured or not after his conversation with Delaney. Asked if the FAI boss retained his confidence, he replied: “I support John Delaney in his work, I know the importance of grassroots soccer throughout our country.” Donohoe added: “I support John Delaney and the work the FAI does. Alongside that, it is important that matters that are of interest to the public are answered and dealt with in a comprehensive manner and I expect that to happen.” The Sports Minister said he was “absolutely not aware” of any such payment and would be very surprised if any of his predecessors knew about it. The Football Association of Ireland has released the timeline of events which led to it receiving a five million euro payment from FIFA. The fall-out spilled over into a high-level summit of Ireland’s cross-border peace-building North South Ministerial Council in Dublin, where leaders called on the Irish football executive to shed light on the transaction. Kenny described the payment as “quite extraordinary” and called on Delaney to answer questions about the circumstances surrounding it. He said: “This is quite extraordinary. But I would say that any questions that need to be answered here in the interests of transparency and accountability… John Delaney should answer and will answer all of those questions, I’m quite sure.” And last night, the FAI obliged, posting a 14-point list of events, including Blatter apologising to Ireland for making a joke about them – a point which was immediately followed by confirmation of the loan. The FAI said that after Blatter made public its suggestion it should be a 33rd representative at the World Cup, he “personally apologised” at a second meeting between the FAI and FIFA on January 12, 2010. It then added: “After negotiation, FIFA offered the FAI a 5m euro interest-free loan by way of compensation as well as a 400,000 US dollar Goal Project grant that was used for FAI Regional Football Centres.” The FAI added that the money was paid into its account on January 20, 2010 and was accounted for and was later reduced to 4m euros. Finally, the FAI stated that in 2013 the loan was written off, attaching a letter signed by FIFA’s deputy secretary general, Markus Kattner, confirming as much. Press Association Responding to calls for further details from Ireland’s Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the FAI posted a comprehensive blow-by-blow account on its website last night. FAI chief John Delaney brought the issue to public attention when he said his organisation was given the sum after confronting Sepp Blatter about Ireland’s World Cup 2009 play-off defeat, brought about by Thierry Henry’s handball goal. last_img read more

Surfers rejoice as weird weather brings humongous waves

first_imgMALIBU – When the sun rises at Topanga State Beach today, Darren Hao will be on the break for some of the best surf of the decade. “I’m crackin’ it, 5 a.m., 5:15,” said Hao, 37, of Malibu, waxing his board Tuesday as the sun prepared to drop over the horizon. “I’ll pile out when it’s dark to be the first on it. “There’ll be 20 guys in the water when the sun comes up – whatever. There’s gonna be waves.” Hot days. Humongous surf. And a huge incoming storm bearing snow for surrounding mountains. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThree weeks before Christmas, Southern California is undergoing a schizo weather week. It began with rain Friday, turning to hot Santa Anas on Sunday and near record heat Tuesday and is expected to chill a full 30 degrees when a cold Pacific storm rolls in late Thursday. And in the calm before the storm, surfers await some of the finest surf of the season – at heights of up to 15 feet. “Cowabunga, dude,” said Bill Patzert, an old-time surfer and climatologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Ca ada Flintridge. “You need a monster storm for monster surf.” A red flag warning was posted throughout the region Monday as northeast winds made Lake Balboa choppy and drove the mercury up to 85 degrees in Chatsworth and Northridge. Humidity hovered at 10percent. Wind advisories were also issued for mountain areas, with high-surf and small-craft advisories offshore. But Angeles might be replacing sunblock with umbrellas soon as the frigid storm that hammered the Pacific Northwest stalks Southern California late Thursday. “It’s definitely weird weather,” said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist for the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “It’s a roller coaster, starting with offshore winds and then leading to wetter weather. “This might be one of the biggest storms for rainfall for the season.” While the NWS had not prepared a forecast, Patzert said the storm could drop between 2 inches and 5 inches of rain between Thursday and Sunday. Snow is expected as low as 5,500 feet. But while skiers might brace for powder, surfers across the region girded for some of the largest swells of the decade. Lifeguards prepared for some of the nastiest riptides in memory. “We’re fully staffed. We’ve got our personal watercraft ready to be deployed, sitting out on the berms. We’ve got all the Baywatches in operation,” said Los Angeles County fire Capt. Terry Harvey, who advised swimmers to check with lifeguards before wading into the water. The surf was forecast to peak this morning at between 7 and 10 feet at west-facing beaches such as Zuma, with breakers as high as 15 feet. Areas north of Point Conception could see breakers up to 28 feet. More important, the waves could be long and shallow – ideal for good surfing. Some say they haven’t seen such good surf since January 1998. “It’s an amazing swell,” said Nathan Cool, founder of Wetsand.com, a surf-forecasting site based in Thousand Oaks. But at 15 feet, he said it may be “out of my comfort zone.” Not for surfers at Topanga. Like other hot surf spots, surfers knew of the rising swell expected to peak at between 1 and 3 a.m. today, then subside Thursday. By dawn, the towering waves could be lined wall to wall with surfers. “Everybody’s all excited about it,” said George Mays of West Hollywood, his board dripping as he walked from the surf. “The only thing that is damping my enthusiasm is the crowds. “(Instead of) an ordinary surf day (it) will turn into a logjam.” “I’ll be there at dawn,” added Buzz Alexander of Venice Beach, stepping into his Alfa Romero Spyder. “It’ll be scrumptious. “The conditions are beautiful. It’s clear and glassy. You couldn’t ask for more – it’s almost Christmas.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more