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

Panelists discuss effects of LA riots on race relations

first_imgThe program was part of the Visions and Voices program, the university’s arts and humanities initiative.The panel featured three professionals who studied the 1992 L.A. riots. Erin Aubry Kaplan, an award-winning journalist and a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly, focused on the effect of the riots on the city’s black community.Kaplan emphasized that discourse around of black justice has been slowly disappearing since the time of the riots to now.“We talk about Latinos, immigrants, gays, but we don’t talk nearly enough about black people as a whole,” Kaplan said. “African-Americans are becoming less and less visible.”The panel discussed topics ranging from racial profiling and the Los Angeles Police Department to the geography of wealth versus poverty in Southern California. Panelists also discussed relations between black, Korean and Latino communities as well as the rebuilding efforts in post-riot South Los Angeles.Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, noted that it is often difficult to hold honest conversations about racial conflict today.“We have the facade of racial progress, but in reality it’s a different story,” Hunt said. “We can’t talk about it because we’ve supposedly moved past it. It’s difficult now.”Another panelist, Dae Hoon Kim, a filmmaker and founder of the Korean American Film Festival New York who directed a new documentary concerning the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, emphasized the need for objectivity and for society to be more open-minded about racial issues.“In reality, all of us, to a large degree, are ignorant,” Kim said. “Unless we start coming together and stop being political, we won’t have a full picture on the topic.”Some students, many of whom have no memory of the riots, said the discussion provided a stimulating learning experience in terms of the history of Los Angeles.“Before coming to this event, I didn’t know much about the [1992 riots],” said Katherine Lee, a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering. “I learned how race played a huge role through this event, how the riots actually happened and what people hope for today.”Other students believed the event helped them receive a more concrete understanding of race relations. Louige Oliver, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience, found the discussion to be rewarding.“I thought it was really interesting in that it gave me a lot of perspectives about race, both current and past,” Oliver said.Some students were worried about the current state of race relations in Los Angeles. Connie Ge, a junior majoring in history, emphasized that Los Angeles neighborhoods today are still suffering from the same conditions they were under in 1992.“I learned that the same problems that caused the riots are still not being addressed,” Ge said. “There is still a lot of poverty, discrimination, police brutality and not enough business initiatives that make people feel that they have a stake in their neighborhoods.”Kaplan’s father, Larry Aubry, a prominent scholar, who specializes in civil rights, also served on the panel.Though the riots occurred more than 20 years ago, Aubry remained adamant that it still has significance to the current state of race relations as it did in the past.“Race does matter. It’s a perpetual thing,” Aubry said. “Whatever exists then still exists now.” Panelists reflected Monday on the 1992 riots in Los Angeles and discussed their effect on the current state of race relations at Doheny Memorial Library.Speaking out · Journalist Erin Aubry Kaplan, who studied the 1992 Los Angeles riots, discusses the current state of race relations in L.A. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Student-Athletes Receive Diplomas At Fall Commencement Ceremony

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – A total of 21 Drake University student-athletes representing five teams received their diplomas during Drake University’s 139th commencement ceremonies this weekend at the Knapp Center.Those receiving their degrees – the ultimate goal of all Drake student-athletes – include Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, an MVC Elite 18 Award Winner and seven student-athletes who earned academic all-conference honors this past season. Nineteen have also been a part of teams that have won a conference championship at Drake, nine have earned all-conference honors and one, football’s John Hugunin, has garnered All-America honors on the playing field.Saturday’s commencement ceremonies add to the achievements of what has been a banner era for Drake student-athletes in the classroom.  The Bulldogs are coming off one of their strongest academic years in athletic department history. In 2014-15, all 18 of Drake’s teams maintained a 3.0 or higher grade point average. Also, 76.5 percent of Drake student-athletes recorded a 3.0 or higher GPA. A total of 46 Bulldogs finished the season with perfect 4.0 GPAs as half of Drake’s teams recorded their highest team GPAs in program history. As a result, Drake was honored by the Missouri Valley Conference with its second straight All-Academic Award, given annually to the program with the highest cumulative GPA.The Bulldogs’ fall  graduates include seven student-athletes graduating either cum laude or magna cum laude.Below are the student-athletes receiving their bachelor’s degrees this weekend.Women’s BasketballCara Lutes – Elementary Education – Magna Cum LaudeFootballJack Beck – Marketing – Cum LaudeJohn Bloss – Marketing, ManagementCam Bohnert – MarketingDevon Dodds – Entrepreneurial Management, MarketingBrad Duwe – Health SciencesMichael Hudson – ManagementJohn Hugunin – Secondary EducationAaron Johnson – Law, Politics & Society – Cum LaudeJohn McMahon – MarketingEzekiel Okeleye – Public Relations, AdvertisingBob Quilico, Jr. – Accounting/FinanceAndy Rice – Marketing, Management – Magna Cum LaudeColton Rodgers – Information Systems, MarketingGary Scott, Jr. – ManagementLee Snell – MarketingMichael Vankat – Accounting, Finance – Cum LaudeMen’s SoccerAlec Bartlett – Biology – Cum LaudeKyle Whigham –Health SciencesSoftballHayley Nybo – Secondary Education/English – Cum LaudeWomen’s TennisNell Boyd – AdvertisingPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more