U.S. Moratorium on New Coal Leases Draws Critics and Advocates

first_imgU.S. Moratorium on New Coal Leases Draws Critics and Advocates FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Dennis Webb for the Grand Junction (Colo.) Daily Sentinel:Pro-coal advocates are working to turn out in force Thursday when the Bureau of Land Management holds a meeting in Grand Junction to gather input on possible reforms to the federal coal program.The meeting is one of six being held around the country, and supporters from Colorado and beyond are expected to show up to speak on the industry’s behalf as it struggles locally and nationally with mine layoffs and shutdowns, bankruptcies and other setbacks.Advocates for reforming the federal coal program or even ending coal mining altogether also will be attending, although one of them, Jeremy Nichols of WildEarth Guardians, said probably not in the same numbers as the industry supporters. He’s sympathetic with their desire to rally on the industry’s behalf.“The coal industry should be proud of what it’s done for this state. Nobody’s saying that we should not acknowledge the great stuff that they’ve brought over the years, but it’s time to move on,” from coal mining, he said.Nichols plans to reiterate his group’s call to leave coal in the ground due to its air-pollution and climate-change impacts, but also for the federal government to step up efforts to help coal miners and communities shift away from coal economically.“We can get behind good policies that acknowledge the need to give communities in Delta County and Craig tools to transition,” he said.The future of Peabody Energy’s Twentymile Mine between Craig and Steamboat Springs is currently up in the air following Peabody’s decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization and the failure of Bowie Resource Partners to be able to complete a deal to buy the mine.Meanwhile, in the North Fork Valley, Oxbow Mining has permanently closed its Elk Creek Mine, Bowie has idled its Bowie No. 2 Mine, and Arch Coal, which also is in bankruptcy reorganization, recently laid off 80 miners. Combined, the valley has seen the loss of many hundreds of mining jobs in recent years.Coal companies have faced slowdowns in national and international markets, in part due to increased competition from natural gas as a power-plant fuel source and also due to increased regulations aimed at reducing air pollutants and carbon emissions.Nichols said it’s also important for the Interior Department to get on board when it comes to helping coal communities transition to more diverse economies.“If they don’t, it’s just going to lead to I think more disaster for communities in the West,” Nichols said.Full article: Coal advocates look to unite at meetinglast_img read more

Game of Thrones: The Movie?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Not really.But let’s play a game of What If!What if HBO’s smash hit TV series Game of Thrones somehow became a movie, about a ragtag bunch of workers at a renaissance fair-styled amusement park?What if the team behind the completely and utterly fantastically hilarious Bad Lip Reading series took on this hypothetical challenge with a priceless reworking of scenes from the show?What if it was a video on YouTube?What if I wrote about it here in the form of a bunch of What If? questions?What if you read these What If? questions, and then watched the video?What if you laughed?What if you shared this post on Facebook and Twitter and at the PTA meeting and to a panhandler you encounter on your way to lunch.What if I stopped with thelast_img read more

NWFL Condemns Police Attack on Taraba Queens *Urges state to pay players…

first_imgThe Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) has condemned the recent police attack on players of Taraba Queens at the Taraba State Government House allegedly on the orders of the government.Players of FC Taraba and Taraba Queens were last Thursday assaulted by the Nigeria Police during a peaceful protest demanding their almost one and half year unpaid salaries in Jalingo, the state capital.The football players had gathered at the State House to protest their unpaid salaries and in the process stopped visitors and staff from entering the premises.The players accused the Taraba State government of deliberately refusing to pay their salaries and bonuses despite the recent bailout funds it received from the Federal Government.Police personnel attached to the Taraba State Government House and other security officials swooped on the players armed with horsewhips, rifles and tear gas and in the process three players were injured while several others were detained.  Speaking on the development, NWFL Chairperson, Aisha Falode said, “we don’t want to believe that the government will direct the police to beat up footballers, who came to demand for their salaries and bonuses. “These are breadwinners of their families and you can imagine what they have gone through all the period they have not been paid for their labour. “I want to appeal to Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku to look into this case and bring everybody involved in the ill-treatment of the players to book. “We believe that Governor Ishaku, who is a loving father, did not send anybody to beat up these girls, who are Nigeria’s mothers of the future. It is the handiwork of some overzealous officials, who must be made to realise and respect the sanctity of womanhood,” concludes the NWPL chief.Taraba Queens FC is a Nigerian Women Professional League (NWPL) team based in Jalingo and owned by the Taraba State government. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more