first_imgCoal plant retirements undercut Trump bailout plans FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:President Trump has publicly made quite a few comments about bringing coal jobs back, but his verbiage isn’t making much of a dent in the declining coal industry. In fact, a very large number of American coal power plants will be closing in 2018. “The real story I believe is in coal retirements. [T]he fundamentals of the economics of coal have gotten worse, with costs going up, while the competition for coal — that is, gas, wind and solar — has all gotten cheaper,” said Bruce Hamilton, a director at Navigant.Natural gas costs less than coal, solar power is at its most affordable, wind power can be more affordable than new coal, and energy storage is emerging to support renewables.“Coal jobs aren’t coming back, due to market forces, not due to regulation. Natural gas is cheaper and more plentiful,” explained James Van Nostrand, director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at West Virginia University College of Law.To make matters worse, the President seems to be very uninformed about the coal industry. “Trump claims West Virginia is exporting “clean coal” to China. But this is wrong for two reasons. One, in 2015 and 2016, West Virginia exported virtually no coal to China. Two, there is no such thing as “clean coal.”More: Coal power plants retiring quickly during Trump administrationlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Police on Long Island are beefing up patrols around temples, synagogues, churches and other houses of worship after a reputed white supremacist allegedly murdered three people at two Jewish centers in Kansas over the weekend.Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, of Missouri, was arrested on a preliminary first-degree murder charge for fatally shooting a 69-year-old man and his 14-year-old grandson outside a Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan. and then gunning down a woman at Village Shalom, a nearby Jewish retirement home, The Associated Press reported.The shootings occurred on the eve of Passover—one of the Jewish high holidays—which starts at sundown Monday.“Our officers are on heightened awareness and there will be increased patrols with both marked and unmarked units during the holidays,” Suffolk police said in a statement.Nassau’s added patrols come on top of previously announced special patrols that were slated for Passover, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.“In light of the circumstances,” Acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said in a statement referring to the shootings, the department “increased the already established intensified patrols at religious places of worship for the Passover and Easter holidays.”He added: “There is no known threat to any religious institution in Nassau County at this time.”Officials urged members of the public to remain vigilant and call 911 to report any suspicious activity, such as an unattended package, bag or box left at or outside of a church, temple, train station, house of worship, synagogue, mall or high-traffic area.The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a nonprofit that monitors hate groups, published an in-depth profile of the Kansas shooting suspect, a former Klu Klux Klan leader who served prison time for plotting to assassinate the SPLC’s founder.Karen Aroesty, the St. Louis regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, a group that advocates against anti-Semitism, called the shootings “deeply troubling.”last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Ron ShevlinLearned a new term the other day: Data lake.I’ve heard of databases, data warehouses, data stores, but never a data lake. The guy I heard the term from even had a picture of a square body of water to help us visualize the concept. Cool.Although I have no better idea of what a data lake is after hearing the term than I did before hearing it, it may very well have been one of the more comprehensible concepts coming out of an IBM presentation on Transforming Banking With Analytics.Of course, it could be me. Just because I…Have an MBA in Finance and StatisticsWas a teaching assistant for a graduate-level statistics course,Developed a regression model to predict health care demand for my Master’s thesis,Created marketing and financial models back when BI was called DSS (decision support systems), continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgWhen I say, “Tale of Three Cities” I am not rewinding my life back to my Schenley High School “daze” by sharing with you the contents of the final book report of my sophomore year “Tale of Two Cities.”  Most of you should recall the novel based on the French revolution, Tale of Two Cities.  Basically unlike America in general and sports in particular because the “have-nots” basically won over the “haves.”  Ya know those who got it and those who don’t.  Heads were rolling and the heads were not the ones earning minimum wage or less.  The “po-folks” took it to the streets and got really, really busy, you dig.  That being said there is a sort of mini-revolution going on in the National Football League. Lots of “small” market teams are spending dough. During the resurgence of the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club beginning with the team’s appearance in Super Bowl XL against the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks.  There were many emotional components that came into play in order for the team to be competitive and ultimately lay claim to the Lombardi Trophy.  First and foremost, Pittsburgh was playing the game less than 3 hours from Heinz Field whereas most of the Seattle faithful had to travel close to 3,000 miles just to sports their teams colors and lead them on. The folks from Seahawks land came and saw and lost. Secondly, in a very highly publicized promise, ‘big” Ben Roethlisberger who the year before had played a less than stellar game in the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots simply known as the “cheaters” Bowl when evidence later revealed that the Patriots headmaster Willam “bill the cheatster” Bellichick had videotaped the Steelers offensive and defensive signals thereby giving the team from Foxborough a sorta, kinda competitive advantage.  After that fiasco of a game Roethlisberger promised dejected Steelers running back and future Hall-of-Famer Jerome Bettis that he would bring him back to the championship game the following year and he kept his promise.   The first city was the cold bitterly cold city of Detroit.  At the risk of sounding repetitive; The “po-folks” of Deee….troit took it to the streets of the motor city trying to get some “gravy”  and got really, really busy. Hey the government even got in on the act they even gave the majority of the disenfranchised, (not be confused with former NFL franchise owners) homeless folks temporary “cribs” for a week.  I actually missed the victory parade in Pittsburgh for the Steelers because I was on a flight layover in Denver on my way to Honolulu to cover the Pro-Bowl.  Oh by the way, I took a very tidy gift with me from Hawaii courtesy of the motor city.  When I arrived in America’s 50th state I was informed after I continued to experience a consistent and resistant cough that held on for dear life, (my life) that brother “pneumonia” had hitchhiked to Hawaii with me as a result of almost a week of running around the frigid city of covering the pre-game activities of Super Bowl XL.  Now back to Super Bowl XL.  Retired Steeler Hines Ward caught 5 passes for 123 yards and scored a touchdown. “Hine-sy” also set up Pittsburgh’s initial touchdown when he caught a 37-yard third-down pass, which gave Pittsburgh a 7-3 lead with less than two minutes to play in the first half. After that Ward made caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Antwaan Randle-El that clipped the Seahawks wings for good.  Hey boys’ and girls’ Ben Roethlisberger’s QB rating was the lowest in the history of the Super Bowl (less than 28.00) for a winning QB.   Did Mike Holmgren borrow some footage for Bill Bellichick? And compound that with the fact Willie “warp speed” Parker pulled off a 75 yard scamper from scrimmage for a TD that made things a little more relaxed for the boys from the steel city. Rapunzel had let down her golden hair to the win starved Steelers and the new Pittsburgh Steelers revolution was about to begin.  Super Bowl XLIII was as exciting as Super Bowl’s are expected to be.  Unlike the writing of Gil Scott-Heron; the continuing revolution of the Steelers was televised from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa as the saga continued.  Super Bowl XLIII featured the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers against the NFC champion Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers (15-4) defeated the Cardinals (12-7) by a score of 27-23, earning their sixth Super Bowl win, a new NFL record. It broke three-way tie among the Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys each team had five Super Bowl wins. The game was played on February 1, 2009, at Raymond James Stadium. Except for the 100 yards plus pick run back for a TD by ex-Steelers linebacker James Harrison. For most of the game the offense of the Black and Gold seemed to be sleepwalking with the exception of the final drive for the winning touchdown with a miraculous “ballet” type catch by ex-Steelers wideout Santonio Holmes. Also our media bus featured two non English speaking drivers who got lost going to the stadium and coming back. I swear folks; I am not making this stuff up. AUBREY BRUCElast_img read more