By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaTifton, Ga. – Georgia could create a sustainable alternative fuel industry that could help wean the state and the country off of foreign oil by keeping agriculture strong, commercializing research and creating a retail distribution network, Governor Sonny Perdue said here Aug. 1.”(Georgians) can grow it here, convert it here and use it and export it when we have plenty for ourselves,” Perdue said during the opening session of the Georgia Bio-energy Conference at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center.The three-day conference brought together national and international speakers to talk about the current and future state of global energy and biofuel supplies, government energy policies and Georgia crops that can be converted to fuel.Conference vendors displayed trucks and tractors fueled by ethanol and biodiesel made from Georgia-grown commodities like peanuts, soybeans, peaches, wheat and pine trees.Georgia can grow homegrown energy and add value to farmers’ crops, Perdue told close to 500 participants. “I hope this conference can continue the ideas of how we can harvest that,” he said.By promoting alternative fuels, the United States can ensure fuel stability and reduce its dependancy on foreign sources of oil, Perdue said.”If we can grow our own fuel, why would we turn to dictators and countries that pledge support for terrorist regimes,” he said.Georgia is moving forward, he said. The state’s research universities must continue alternative fuel research. But they need “to scale it up” from the lab and move it to practical commercialization.Once this happens, he said, the state can create a retail distribution system to meet consumer demands.More than $1 million in state and private funds have fueled the Biorefining and Carbon Cycling Program in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, he said. He also touted Georgia Tech research that converts pine to ethanol.Last year, a handful of refineries in Georgia produced about 3 million gallons of ethanol and biodiesel, he said. But they exported most of that out of the state.The Georgia Environmental Facilities Agency is working on the state’s first comprehensive state energy plan, to be completed by December, Perdue said. It will create a roadmap to affordable, reliable, environmentally responsible energy sources for Georgia.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Toles conceded that the injury was affecting him at the plate, creeping into the mechanics of his swing. Roberts didn’t have Toles in the starting lineup for the final four games of the regular season and didn’t use Toles at all in the final two. Toles sat out Tuesday’s batting practice in Los Angeles, but he’s been on the field the last two days in D.C. “I am healthy,” Toles said confidently.That’s good news for the Dodgers and good news for the Toles family, who will be in the house for Game 1. Toles grew up in the Atlanta area, a two-hour flight from D.C. He said his father, mother, sister and others will make the trek.Just how many tickets will he be setting aside?“It’s going to be a lot of money out of my pocket,” he said.History in the makingRoberts and Dusty Baker are the first African-Americans to manage a playoff series from opposite dugouts. They’re also the only two African-American managers currently in the major-league ranks. “It gives us some pride in being African-American to show people that, you know, not only can we do the job, but we can do the job better than most,” said Baker, who is making his eighth trip to the postseason. “Especially this year.”Roberts’ father, Waymon, is black; his mother, Eiko, is Japanese. He is the first minority manager in the history of the Dodgers franchise, which joined the National League in 1890.“I think that when we look back it’s going to be more special,” Roberts said, “but I definitely know it’s certainly noted, and not to go unappreciated.”Added Baker, “hopefully it motivates other organizations to get some African-American managers; also to motivate other players that are playing now and former players that have managerial aspirations.”Two jobs became vacant this week when the Arizona Diamondbacks fired Chip Hale and the Colorado Rockies didn’t renew the expiring contract of Walt Weiss.AlsoCorey Seager is the Dodgers’ nominee for the Hank Aaron award, which recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each league since it was established in 1999. Fans can cast ballots on MLB.com and on Twitter using the hashtag #VoteCorey. Matt Kemp (2011) is the only Dodger to win the award. … Livan Hernandez was scratched from his ceremonial first pitch duties in Game 1 because of travel complications caused by Hurricane Matthew. The storm is expected to mostly miss the D.C. area, though the forecast calls for rain Saturday afternoon. Toles, 24, regularly started against right-handed pitchers down the stretch for the Dodgers, so the starting assignment wasn’t terribly surprising.“I’m pretty used to it,” Toles said.Even though he spent all of April in Single-A before earning his first major-league promotion in July, Toles’ teammates are used to it now, too. As a Dodger, he batted .314 with a .365 on-base percentage in 48 games.“Is he starting? That’s awesome,” said pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who will start Game 1 for the Dodgers. “Tolesy; he’s great. Obviously very talented. You watch him throw and you watch him take batting practice, all that stuff. But for him to put the bat on the ball as consistently as he has, hard contact for this first month and a half that he’s been up, I mean, to be honest, I didn’t even know we had a guy named Andrew Toles in the minor leagues.”Toles throws right-handed and bats left-handed. So when he injured a tendon in his left wrist during a September series at Yankee Stadium, it never affected his standout skills in the outfield. But Toles’ batting stats sank as he hit 8 for 34 (.235) with no home runs from that series onward. WASHINGTON >> There was no brace on Andrew Toles’ left wrist Thursday as the Dodgers took batting practice at Nationals Park, not long after Dave Roberts said the rookie would start in left field in Game 1 of the National League Division Series Friday.“Where he hits in the order, I haven’t decided yet,” Roberts said.Max Scherzer will start for the Nationals, a tough matchup for any rookie. The right-hander went 20-7 with a league-leading 284 strikeouts in the regular season, making him perhaps the front-runner for the N.L. Cy Young award.The kid gloves, the wrist brace, they’re all off now.