U.S. Power Companies Say They Will Continue Shift to Renewables Regardless of What Trump Wants

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:Some of the biggest U.S. power companies said they are pushing ahead with investments in renewable and gas-fired electricity and are including climate change as a part of their corporate strategy, regardless of the Trump administration’s plans to roll back Obama-era environmental rules.Some sizable power companies, such as American Electric Power Co., NRG Energy Inc. and Southern Co., said Tuesday the move will have only a marginal effect on their planning. Cheap fuel, improving technology and consumer demand are creating a market for cleaner energy that is largely unaffected by what is happening in Washington.The Trump administration argues that the Obama rules weren’t allowed under the Clean Air Act—an issue that will likely be argued in court for years. A generational shift in the energy industry was happening long before that tug of war in federal government. Power plants cut their carbon dioxide by 25% between 2005 and 2016, a trend that is likely to continue, according to the Edison Electric Institute, an industry group.Cheap natural gas from the shale-drilling boom and more-efficient power plants have run coal-burning rivals out of business. Advancements in wind and solar power, with help from subsidies, have cut emissions, too. And confronted with the risks of climate change and how governments might deal with it, power companies now expect the cost of carbon emissions to rise and plan on ways to reduce them.“This will not change our planning process,” a spokesman at Southern Co. said of the EPA’s move on Tuesday.More: ($) Power Companies to Stick With Plans Despite EPA’s Emissions Repeal: Cheap fuel, technology and consumer preferences are driving demand for cleaner energy U.S. Power Companies Say They Will Continue Shift to Renewables Regardless of What Trump Wantslast_img read more

Year in Sports : Not again: Iroquois Nationals reflect on turmoil, prepare for new opportunity

first_imgIf all goes according to plan, the Iroquois Nationals will be playing in the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in the Czech Republic on May 21.They have already announced their 31-man roster for the games. They have been slotted in Pool B with the United States, the Czech Republic and Ireland. Their first game is set for that first day against the Irish.But Cody Jamieson won’t believe any of it until he steps off the plane in Prague for the tournament.‘Anything can happen,’ said the former Syracuse standout and current attack for the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League. ‘And I wouldn’t be surprised if the day before we’re supposed to leave, something came up and we started going through this all again.’‘Again’ refers to just one summer ago, when a passport controversy kept the Iroquois from traveling to England for the Federation of International Lacrosse World Lacrosse Championship. That tournament was completed without the Nationals’ participation, even though its members are the inventors of the sport.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Czech Republic has already announced that they will accept the Iroquois’ Haudenosaunee passports as long as team members fill out requested documents and use the visa for their entry only, according to the Iroquois Nationals’ website. But the U.S. and Canadian immigration offices still need to approve of this process to ensure the team can return home from the games.‘I hope it doesn’t happen,’ Jamieson said. ‘But you never know.’Stuck in limboThe whole issue started with a lack of communication.Ron Balls, the men’s competition committee chair for the Federation of International Lacrosse, said in an email to The Daily Orange that the Iroquois Nationals first tried to contact the British Consulate just 12 days prior to traveling to the tournament a year ago.‘For an event of this nature and for a traveling party of this size,’ Balls added, ‘this is far too late to initiate visa approval.’The British Consulate soon recognized issues with the Iroquois’ visas. The United Kingdom would not allow the team to travel to England for the tournament if the United States and Canada would not let them back into their home countries.The consulate realized these problems one week before the tournament was to begin on July 15, a Thursday. The Iroquois team flew to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on the Sunday before the first game to try to work things out with the British Consulate.The players arrived in New York City expecting a couple days of practice before they left for England. Instead, what ensued was a lot of waiting.‘It was a whole lot of nothing,’ Jamieson said. ‘We sat on the bus and sat at the airport every day for a couple hours. We sat in hotel rooms. There wasn’t really much to do.’After three more days in New York City, the Nationals did catch a break. The U.S. Department of State granted one-time waivers, allowing the team’s American members to return to the United States after the tournament.But as the Iroquois were compiled of members from the Six Nations, some of which are located in Canada, only some of its players would have been allowed to go.Germany replaced the Nationals in the Blue Division — the tournament’s top grouping — and played in their place the next day to open the tournament. The Iroquois still had the opportunity to play in one of the lower divisions, the Plum Division, but that chance soon slipped away, too.‘That’s when it kind of set in with a lot of guys,’ Jamieson said. ‘We could go and prove a point, or we could just back off. We were still going to go if that was the case. And finally, the next day, it just got to the point where we missed out on the Plum Division and there was no chance of playing.’Something lostThe FIL had to make a lot of logistical changes to the World Lacrosse Championship last year with the late cancellation of the Iroquois Nationals’ plans.Schedules had to be changed. Team arrangements had to be altered. But Balls, the men’s competition committee chair, noted another aspect missing along with the Iroquois.‘The Iroquois Nationals, as founders of the game and with the history, always attract the most media attention and generate ticket sales,’ Balls said. ‘This was lost.’None of the other national teams have a link to ‘The Story of Lacrosse’ on their website. The Iroquois do, showing how the game came into existence and thanking the creator for allowing them to enjoy the sport.For them, lacrosse is played to heal the sick. It is also played to bring together a community.And for Jeremy Thompson, an SU midfielder and member of the Iroquois team from last year, that is exactly what lacrosse does on the world level.‘That’s the same idea when we go outside and go to a tournament or something like that,’ he said. ‘The world games, it’s the idea of bringing together and sharing, exchanging gifts, meeting new people.’Thompson started playing with the Nationals in 2003 as a member of their Under-19 team. He remembers a trip to Maryland where kids swarmed him with questions about the ponytail that grows from his otherwise nearly shaved head, his stick skills and the background of the sport.Jamieson played in the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship with the Iroquois team. He echoed Thompson’s statements, adding that as important as lacrosse is to the Nationals, their presence at the game means just as much to the other teams.‘We enjoy going to the Worlds and showing the world what the creator gave us that we shared with them,’ Jamieson said. ‘We are the originators of the game, so it’s important to go and share our knowledge.‘I think (the Worlds) are really important to the Iroquois Nationals, but I think it’s equally as important to other places who are excited we’re going to be there.’Prague and beyondThere has been a lot of change concerning lacrosse and the Iroquois Nationals since last summer.The FIL implemented a series of fines for teams that don’t show up for events or pull out on short notice. If a team withdraws 60 to 31 days before, the fine is $5,000. Thirty days before and the fine increases to $10,000. A team that doesn’t arrive has to pay $20,000.The World Indoor Lacrosse Championship starts in 18 days. The Czechs announced they will accept the Haudenosaunee passports a month ago, pending the completion of paperwork and the United States and Canada approving the process.Last year, Jamieson was one of the players that stayed positive, telling his teammates they would be on the plane to England the next day each time they left the airport. This year, he is a little more hesitant.‘I know that now that it happened, our organizers are definitely working a lot more toward making sure it doesn’t happen again,’ he said. ‘But at the same time, in the back of your head, it is kind of stuck there now.’For Thompson, those memories from last summer are stored away. He said he can only look forward now, as there is nothing that can be done about last year’s issues.He recognizes the Czech’s decision as the possible first step toward actually reaching the world championships. It’s a first step that allowed one word to keep echoing from Thompson’s mouth: hope.‘Hopefully, this is a step in the door,’ he said. ‘Hopefully, it just keeps building from there. Hopefully, they recognize us as who we are. We can only go from there and hope for the best.’zjbrown@syr.edu Comments Published on May 2, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sakash: St. John’s and others returning to power good for college basketball

first_imgThere are several teams back in the mix this season that the college game has sorely missed over the last few years. It’s not quite a true renaissance, especially because UCLA and Kentucky, two of the premier programs in the country, aren’t yet the world-bashers of old (though both have a lot of young talent), but it’s nice to see some familiar faces once again.St. John’s, which hasn’t received a bid to the NCAA Tournament since 2002, had completely lost the attention of New York (which is downright inexcusable considering how bad the Knicks have been for the last decade) until this season.Under former UCLA head coach and TV analyst Steve Lavin, St. John’s has Red Stormed into fourth place in the best conference in the country.The addition of Carmelo Anthony to the New York basketball scene might overshadow the job Lavin and his team have done, but Red Storm games have still become appointment television.The group has added five huge wins onto its tournament resume (Duke, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Connecticut and Georgetown) improving its record to 9-5 in the Big East.Dwight Hardy has turned into one of the premier scorers in the conference, if not the country, with recent performances of 28 points against Marquette, 33 points against Connecticut and 32 against UCLA. Kemba Walker finally has some competition for Big East player of the year.As far as the Red Storm’s postseason chances go, it’s really anyone’s guess. But it has far removed itself from the precarious bubble.Madison Square Garden, almost unarguably basketball’s finest showplace, finally hosts the exciting and meaningful basketball it has gone without for the last 10 years.The Arizona Wildcats had also fumbled away the limelight several years ago but have recently regained some of the success it saw with its teams of the late ’90s and early 2000s. Remember those Lute Olson-led groups with Mike Bibby, Damon Stoudemire, Gilbert Arenas, Richard Jefferson, Jason Terry and many others?After Olson’s departure, however, it seemed as though the air was squeezed out of the program.New head coach Sean Miller has breathed life back into the once successful basketball school. Only after a few months on the job, Miller had produced a top-15 recruiting class, which included current Wildcat star forward Derrick Williams (19.7 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game) and Lamont Jordan, who is second on the team in scoring.Granted, the Pac-10 is a down conference this year, and Arizona has had the opportunity to rack up the W’s against some bad basketball teams. But don’t ascribe the word lucky to a team with a 23-4 record, regardless of the competition.The Wildcats are a quality basketball team with a very bright future, one that might shine sooner rather than later. The Florida Gators have also discovered, and thrived through, a youth movement of their own. The Gators will reach 20 wins for the 13th-straight year this season (an accomplishment only matched by Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse), so their success can’t aptly be described as overdue.But since winning back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007, the Gators haven’t drummed up much thunder in the business end of the NCAA Tournament. This year, there’s a good chance that trend might change.Head coach Billy Donovan has found a really nice mix of players that is beginning to resemble that of his championship rosters. Vernon Macklin and Chandler Parsons, who remind some Florida fans of Al Horford and Joakim Noah of recent Gator-vintage, have stabilized the frontcourt, which had recently been a problem for them.When Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton hit the threes they love to take, the team becomes multifaceted in its scoring attack and very difficult to defend. The Gators might run into problems in the tournament if they don’t shoot well from the perimeter (really like most college basketball teams) as they don’t yet have that guy who can get his team a big basket when it desperately needs one, but don’t be surprised if the Gators are playing on Sunday in the second weekend of the tournament.The truth is the big dance is always better when the power programs vie for top seeds. Cinderellas like Gonzaga, George Mason and Butler are nice stories, but the general public wants to see the big names in the important games when it all comes down to it. Just take a look at the ratings.There’s no telling what’s in store once the curtain comes up on this year’s NCAA tournament. A group of unknown ball players could easily spring up and shock the world, even if only for a weekend or two. However, the highest quality of basketball still emanates from the top programs in the country, and several of them, who may have recently lost their way, are back once again to add to their school’s storied traditions.last_img read more