FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:U.S. coal-fired power plants shut down at the second-fastest pace on record in 2019, despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to prop up the industry, according to data from the federal government and Thomson Reuters.Power companies retired or converted roughly 15,100 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired electricity generation, enough to power about 15 million homes, according to the data, which included preliminary statistics from the Energy Information Administration and Reuters reporting. That was second only to the record 19,300 MW shut in 2015 during President Barack Obama’s administration.The replacement of coal with power generation from natural gas and renewables has cut total U.S. carbon emissions in four of the past five years. Gas emits about half the carbon dioxide, a leading contributor to global warming, as coal.The coal industry has been in steep decline for a decade due to competition from cheap and abundant gas and subsidized solar and wind energy, along with rising public concern over coal’s contribution to climate change.Trump has downplayed climate change threats and sought to revive the coal industry to fulfill pledges to voters in coal mining states like West Virginia and Wyoming, mainly by rolling back Obama-era environmental protections. Still, since entering office in 2017, an estimated 39,000 MW of coal-fired power plant capacity has shut.If that trend continues, more coal plants will have shut during the first four years (2017-2020) of the Trump administration – an estimated 46,600 MW – than during Obama’s second term (2013-2016) – around 43,100 MW.[Scott DiSavino]More: U.S. coal-fired power plants closing fast despite Trump’s pledge of support for industry Reuters: U.S. coal plant closures topped 15GW in 2019
Batesville, IN—There will be a volunteer workday for Brum Woods Saturday, September 7th from 8am-noon. We will be hauling and spreading road grinding on trail #2. Any help is appreciated, and a few jobs would be to drive a small utility vehicle and unload the grindings on the trail to be spread. Please meet at the maintenance building in Liberty Park near the baseball field.
The USC women’s golf team is holding its own at a talent-heavy Pac-10 championships at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.The Women of Troy sit just one stroke back after the first day of play after getting strong performances from their entire roster.USC is matched up against five of the top 20 teams in the nation this week, including No. 1 Arizona State and No. 2 UCLA. Another, Oregon, is playing in its own hometown. But make no mistake: the Women of Troy intend to win.Curtain call · Senior Belen Mozo, playing in her final Pac-10 event, shot a opening-round 72, good enough to tie her for ninth overall. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information “I think we’re ready to bring another championship home,” said two-time All-American junior Lizette Salas.Leading the team into the postseason is sophomore Jennifer Song, the No. 2 golfer in the country.Song, who shot a first round of two-under-par 70, leads the nation in scoring average at 70.63 strokes per round and already has two victories as an individual this year.If she maintains that average, she will break the school season scoring record that she already holds by .92 strokes. Song will leave USC at the end of the season to turn pro and wants to end her final season as an amateur with an NCAA championship, something she has not yet achieved.Salas, a junior, was on the NCAA championship-winning team in 2008. That team won its last four events, including all three postseason tournaments.Salas shot a team-best 3 under par on Monday.“We expect to play better than we did at [the ASU/PING Invitational], because we left a lot of shots out there,” Salas said “I think we took the wrong approach to certain shots, and we need to be more alert to the type of shot we have to make.”Salas finished tied for sixth place at ASU and won an individual title at the Turtle Bay classic in Hawaii in November.Three-time All-American senior Belen Mozo is looking to become the first four-time All-American in USC history. Finally healthy after battling injuries throughout the fall, Mozo shot even par during the first round.Rounding out USC’s first day was senior Caroline Kim (4-over-par 76) and freshman Cyna Rodriguez (1-over-par 73).Kim’s final season with the team has been highlighted by a 30th-place finish at the Mason Rudolph Championship in September. Rodriguez’s best tournament was the Bruin Wave, where she finished 15th. Both have fought for a roster spot all season with senior Stefanie Endstrasser and sophomore Inah Park and look to make the most of this postseason opportunity.The Women of Troy said they are well aware of the expectations that come with their program. The team has finished in the top-seven at the NCAA championships nine times in the last 12 years, including victories in 2003 and 2008.USC is confident they can continue the tradition of success in Eugene and beyond.“We all know the course really well,” Salas said. “We’re all really excited about this.”
Go back to the e-newsletterFour Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced plans for the development of Caye Chapel, a private island in Belize featuring oceanfront estates, private residences and overwater bungalows. Scheduled to open in 2021, the project is in partnership with Thor Urbana, Inmobilia Desarrollos and GFA Grupo Inmobiliario, three leading real-estate development groups based in Mexico.Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel, Belize will transform the private island of Caye Chapel into a luxury destination for residence owners and leisure travellers, with approximately 50 Private Estate lots, 35 Private Residences, and 100 guest rooms and suites. Caye Chapel is located in the Belize archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage designated Belize Barrier Reef System, the largest reef system in the northern hemisphere. The island will feature an 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman in consultation with Lorena Ochoa, a Fabien Cousteau nature and conservation institute, a marina and private airstrip.“We are excited to be a part of the reimagination of Caye Chapel into an exclusive luxury experience, and to do so in a way that protects and reinforces the natural wonders of the island,” says J. Allen Smith, president and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.More informationThe 113-hectare island is outlined by 9.7 kilometres of white sand beaches and turquoise waters, and is located 26 kilometres from Belize City, either 30 minutes by boat or 10 minutes by flight. The island’s marina and airstrip can accommodate private boats and planes for easy access by owners and guests arriving from further afield. A destination in its own right, the island also acts as a convenient base to explore the nearby cultural and natural sites of mainland Belize and surrounding cayes.For those looking to make their stays on the island more permanent, the development will include approximately 35 Four Seasons Private Residences and 50 Four Seasons Private Estates that owners can help design and build to their own preferences. Each lot will have private beach and golf course access, and owners can choose between a site on the east to enjoy sunrise or on the west for views of the sunset. The resort will feature 100 guest rooms and suites designed by Studio Caban, including a collection of overwater bungalows.Myriad amenities include health and wellness facilities, two beach clubs, multiple dining and bar options with sea views, retail outlets, a young residents club, a marina, tennis courts and the 18-hole White Shark Golf Course designed and reinvented by Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa.Guests and homeowners will be able to enjoy the natural aquatic environment around the island through boat expeditions, snorkelling, paddle boarding, diving and the on-site Fabien Cousteau Nature and Conservation Institute and Adventure Centre. The institute will be home to research and education initiatives that guests and residents can participate in, including a 3D coral reef printing program.Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel, Belize will be a welcome addition to the growing Four Seasons resort collection in Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico, including sister properties in Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Anguilla, Nevis and Punta Mita, Mexico.Go back to the e-newsletter