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On the Blogs: Unviable Export Projects in Northwest U.S.


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Daniel Jack Chasan for Crosscut.com:Major fossil fuel export projects are still on the table. Gateway Pacific and Millennium are still under review, the Tesoro Savage plans for an oil shipping facility at the Port of Vancouver, has gotten a lease extension. Two methanol plants are planned along the Columbia River. Two oil pipelines and a coal port expansion are still being considered in British Columbia.But do any of them still make economic sense? Some critics have long doubted it. As the Vancouver Columbian reported, some analysts still see good sense, for instance, in the Tesoro Corp. and Savage Company’s plans for a terminal in Vancouver but even they are more cautious about full development of an oil terminal there.An environmental impact statement for the Millennium project came out April 29, noting that Millennium “states further development of western U.S. coalfields and the growth of Asian market demand for U.S. coal is expected to continue.” No doubt that was truly the expectation in 2010 when the project received its first permit. But now? The past tense seems more appropriate.“Coal’s a dead man walking,” says Clark Williams-Derry of the Sightline Institute, which opposes the coal projects. He talks about “zombie proposals.”“There’s no way you can get U.S. coal off the coast at anything approaching a profit,” he says.Environmentalists have predicted coal’s demise before, only to see it rise again when the cost of other fossil fuels gets high enough to make it economically attractive again. But this time may be different. “The recent bankruptcies of the nation’s leading coal producers are the latest benchmark in the steady decline of the coal industry,” Tom Sanzillo and David Schlissel of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis wrote recently in a New York Times op-ed.“The U.S. economy has experienced a slow, modest recovery at the same time the coal industry has collapsed,” explains Tom Sanzillo. “This decoupling is historically unprecedented.”Full item: How economics turned NW coal ports into the walking dead On the Blogs: Unviable Export Projects in Northwest U.S.last_img read more


No. 1 GSA baseball team edges No. 2 Houlton 9-8 for Class C regional title


first_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest Posts Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. BANGOR — The No. 1-ranked George Stevens Academy baseball team jumped out to a 5-0 lead over No. 2 Houlton in the Class C Northern Maine championship on Tuesday at Mansfield Stadium. But the previously undefeated Houlton Shires rallied in the second half of the game to close the gap, and the GSA Eagles trailed 8-7 heading into the bottom of the final inning.“It was just a game of punches,” said GSA’s starting pitcher, Beckett Slayton. “Luckily, we were able to throw the last punch.”Slayton, a junior, clinched the regional title for the Eagles with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh for the 9-8 win over the 18-1 Shires. GSA (18-1) will play Southern Maine champion Sacopee Valley (16-3) at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at St. Joseph’s College in Standish.The regional title is GSA’s first since 2009, and the team has not won a state championship since 2004.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“I’m just glad we survived,” GSA coach Dan Kane said. “I knew it would be a good game. A team doesn’t get to 18-0 by accident.”Houlton also averaged regular season wins by nine runs. But, in the first three innings of the regional championship, it didn’t look like it would be much of a game.The Eagles started strong, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. Taylor Schildroth led off with a walk, which Slayton followed with a groundball. The infield attempted the force out at second, but Schildroth beat the throw. Dakota Chipman then singled, scoring Schildroth to put GSA on the board.With no outs, Jacob Keenan loaded the bases by getting hit by a pitch. Will Entwisle then grounded to the shortstop, who attempted to get the force out at home. But the low throw bounced past the catcher, allowing Slayton to score GSA’s second run.With the bases loaded, Chipman scored on a wild pitch for the Eagles’ third and final run of the inning.GSA scored again in the bottom of the second. Schildroth executed a bunt-single, then stole second early in Slayton’s at-bat. More aggressive base running by Schildroth allowed him to score on Slayton’s groundout, pulling the Eagles up 4-0.Keenan opened the bottom of the third with a single. Entwisle followed with a ground ball to the shortstop, who forced out Keenan at second. Entwisle then stole second and advanced to third on a Stefan Simmons groundout before scoring on a wild pitch.“We had so much excitement in the beginning,” Kane said. “That team battled back. A lot of teams would have folded, and they certainly didn’t.”With GSA up 5-0, Houlton finally got on the board in the top of the fourth. Ryan Dee led off the inning with a walk, and a Nick Botting line drive to the outfield put Houlton runners on second and third. A single by Cameron Graham scored both runners for the Shires’ first runs of the night. They caught another break when a throwing error on a ground ball by Connor Grant scored Graham to cut GSA’s lead to 5-3.“Both teams were getting breaks all day,” Slayton said. “All year, we haven’t given up many runs, so you’d think we’d be able to hold that lead.”The Eagles seemed to recover, nearly matching Houlton’s runs with two more of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Tyler Snow was hit by a pitch, then stole second before taking third on a wild pitch to Slayton. Slayton then singled, scoring Snow, and a Keenan single later scored Slayton.Up 7-3, GSA wouldn’t score again for the next two innings. Meanwhile, the Shires added three runs in the top of the fifth — with one starting with a hit by pitch and two resulting from GSA throwing errors. Another GSA throwing error in the top of the sixth gave Houlton the 8-7 lead. The Eagles totaled five errors in the game.Kane said that GSA’s lack of defensive execution is uncharacteristic for his team.“That’s the disappointing part of it,” Kane said. “This team that I have, defensively, can play about as good as most of the teams I’ve ever had.”The top half of the inning ended in what appeared to be a shift in momentum back in the Eagles’ favor. With the bases loaded and Schildroth now pitching, a fly ball flew into foul territory in right field. Slayton, the first baseman, made a running catch over his shoulder and threw home to Chipman, who tagged the sliding runner for the third out. But a double play and a groundout out would prevent GSA from scoring in the bottom of the sixth.“Luckily, we picked ourselves up on offense in a big way,” Slayton said. “We only didn’t score in two innings. It showed we stayed steady.”With Chipman on the mound in the top of the seventh, the Shires threatened to increase their lead. But Chipman would strike out three batters — the final coming with the bases loaded — before Houlton could score any more runs. GSA entered the bottom of the seventh still down by one.“We got it started with the lead off guy,” Kane said. “We put the pressure back on them. We were able to get a couple good bunts down and get it going.”A soft ground ball by Simmons forced an errant throw by the Houlton infield, putting Simmons on first. Tyler McKenney’s bunt hit put runners on first and second. Marshal Lebel hit a ground ball, and Houlton forced McKenney out at second. Lebel then stole second. Another GSA bunt by Snow scored Simmons to tie the game 8-8 and move the winning run, Lebel, to third. Slayton brought him home on an infield hit to the shortstop to end the game, which lasted almost three hours.“As coach always says, sometimes, you need the baseball gods shining on you,” Slayton said. “They were today.” EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016center_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Biolast_img read more


Cowboys’ team plane was grounded in Philadelphia, and Twitter had jokes


first_imgBut that’s just where the trouble for Jerry’s boys started. Dallas’ team plane was deemed “not viable to fly” following the game, so the team was stranded in Philly for hours waiting to get home after the loss. Brutal.MORE: Jason Garrett explains pulling Amari CooperTwitter, ever timely, ever present, decided to rub some salt in Dallas’ wounds by letting the jokes fly in the wake of their big loss and subsequent travel issues.The Cowboys fall to 0-2 vs. jets in 2019. https://t.co/Vhr0l2piXk— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) December 23, 2019Nah that’s the Cowboys waiting around for an update on their plane. https://t.co/Gw0Ge1Cf14— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) December 23, 2019The functional plane wasn’t sidelined, it just wasn’t in the Cowboys’ rotation https://t.co/cxtvtF6e1v— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) December 23, 2019I think I’ve figured out this whole Cowboy charter plane chaos…the flight crew got word from the FAA that under no circumstances to allow any player of the offensive side of the ball on that plane…if they do..they’ll never ‘touch down’…— Greggo (@TCUWhiteTrash) December 23, 2019Dak Prescott: Loser.Skip Bayless: Loser.Orlando Scandrick: Loser.Jerry Jones: Loser.Whoever jammed up the Cowboys plane so they had to sit and stew in the belly of the Linc for 2 hours: Winner.— Sundiata Fox Pittman (@BewareTheFoxII) December 23, 2019That’s ok. Jerry Jones has delayed Jason Garrett’s departure for 5 years now🤷🏻‍♂️ One little plane malfunction should be cake— Matt Vallee (@mvall13) December 23, 2019Even their plane couldn’t touchdown— Joseph Mastriano (@JMastrianoJR) December 23, 2019Did they let Garret on?Now to check how many times this joke has already been made…— Gunther Porchman (@GuntherPorchman) December 23, 2019Are we sure there just isn’t a goal line painted in front of the buses?— Nittany Tar Heel (@NittanyTarHeel) December 23, 2019This is actually fitting because Dallas literally couldn’t break the plane today, just sayin— Morgan Moriarty (@Morgan_Moriarty) December 23, 2019 Uh … how ’bout them Cowboys?It was a rough Sunday night for Dallas. First, the Cowboys lost to the Eagles 17-9 in a game that could have clinched the (hapless) NFC East. Instead, the Cowboys’ hopes at a second consecutive division crown hangs in the balance with Week 17 games the deciding factor. Should the Eagles beat the Giants, the division is wrapped up for Philly. (Good luck with rooting for an upset).last_img read more