A Fresh Call in Montana for an End to Coal Subsidies

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tom Howard for the Billings Gazette:The Obama Administration, widely criticized by western lawmakers for placing a temporary moratorium on new federal coal leases, has at least one ally in the controversy: former Montana Department of Revenue director Dan Bucks.The Obama Administration announced the halt on new coal leases last January, citing concerns about whether taxpayers are getting a fair return for federal coal.Roughly 40 percent of the coal produced in the United States comes from federal lands, most of it in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.Bucks said critics are overstating the moratorium’s threat to the coal industry. In general, coal producers that are mining federal coal have about a 20-year supply at the current rate of mining, he said.Bucks ran the Montana Department of Revenue during the administration of former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a pro-coal Democrat, from 2005 to 2013.Concluding that the federal coal leasing program is broken, Bucks said its problems date to the 1970s, when federal government policy ensured that coal would be the fuel of choice for electrical generation.An energy policy that relied heavily on coal-fired electrical power created the coal boom in the Powder River Basin. In the ensuing decades, the federal coal lease program provided “hidden subsidies” for the coal industry, Bucks said.In 2013 an Interior Department inspector general report found that taxpayers weren’t being adequately compensated in the federal coal leasing program. In 2014 the Government Accountability Office also identified problems with the federal coal leasing program, Bucks said“It’s hard for the public to understand, but the Interior Department didn’t have a choice but to respond,” Bucks said. “The way they are responding is appropriate. In a technical public administration sense, they are doing the right things because you cannot ignore those reports.”Bucks also took issue with predictions that the state would suffer dire economic consequences with the closure of power plants at Colstrip. The moratorium on federal coal leasing won’t put a halt to mining, he said.Bucks also said that Montana’s coal industry accounts for a little more than 1 percent of state’s revenues, much less than what what coal advocates have claimed.Bucks also disagreed with the notion that the closure of Colstrip would result in a mass exodus from Montana. The worst case would be slower economic growth for the state, he said.He suggested that Montana should map out a better energy future by placing a priority on assisting coal-dependent communities in case the coal industry dwindles. The state should also aggressively pursue renewable energy sources, he said.Full article: Former Montana Revenue Department director says coal leasing program needs changes A Fresh Call in Montana for an End to Coal Subsidieslast_img read more

Arsenal launch new home shirt for 2020-21 season

first_imgLONDON: English Premier League side Arsenal on Thursday launched their new home shirt for the 2020-21 season, which retains the traditional red and white colors with a new triangular marble pattern. Mikel Arteta’s men will wear their new kit for the first time against Watford in the final round of the current Premier League season on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency. Arsenal will play the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 1. It will be the Gunners’ only chance to secure the ticket to Europa League, as they are confirmed to finish outside the league’s top six after their loss to Aston Villa. Meanwhile, Spanish club Villarreal on Thursday announced Unai Emery as manager for the next three seasons. Emery was sacked as Arsenal’s coach in November 2019 after 18 months at the helm. In his last role as manager, Emery took charge at Arsenal, with whom he was a UEFA Europa League runner-up in the 2018/19 campaign. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Exclusive chat with Kenny Basumatary, Actor & Director with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

Athletic and Real will debut in the Saudi Super Cup

first_imgSuper Cup matchesThe bases of the Super Cup establish that the runner-up of the Copa del Rey must be measured in the semifinals with the League champion. This time, it seems that it will be fulfilled. In fact, it just wouldn’t be like that if there is final ‘sorpasso’ of Real Sociedad or Athletic. In the first edition of the four format, it did not happen. Barcelona had both characteristics, which caused the celebration of a pure draw that matched Real Madrid with Valencia and the Blaugrana team with Atlético de Madrid. If nothing changes, next May 24, date of the 38th day of LaLiga Santander, the pairings will also be known. The Spanish Super Cup, which will be held again next season in Final Four format and in Saudi Arabia, is taking shape. In fact, the four teams that will play it are practically known. For the moment, the presence of Athletic Club de Bilbao and Real Sociedad is assured as Cup finalists. Both will be released, since the last edition was composed of Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Valencia and Atlético de Madrid.In addition to the two Basque teams, The participation of Real Madrid and Barcelona as champion and runner-up is not far from closed (order to be defined) from LaLiga Santander. To avoid this, the persecutors should cut a significant distance from here to the end of the domestic national championship. Seville (46 points) it is the best placed, although it must cut the nine of advantage that Barcelona has in the remaining 12 days.Even so, there could still be several circumstances that would change the course of the Super Cup. The first is that Madrid or Barcelona lost their place because they were overtaken by another team. In that case, such a club would be the one that would travel to Saudi Arabia. It could also be that Real society, sixth of the table, made a perfect final straight and finished as leader or second of LaLiga Santander. In that case, the place of the winter tournament would go to third place in the First Division. The same would happen in the case that it was Athletic who fought to win the League.The possibilities are remote, but mathematically there is still the option that Athletic and Real Sociedad finish as first and second of the championship domestic national. In that strange assumption, they would go to the Supercopa of Arabia next to the third and fourth classified of LaLiga. Be that as it may, more than two months before the end of the season, it seems complicated that the two Basques are not accompanied by Real Madrid and Barcelona in the new format promoted by Luis Rubiales.JESUS ​​ALVAREZ ORIHUELA & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Real Madrid emerged victorious from the first Spanish Super Cup.JESUS ​​ALVAREZ ORIHUELA (DIARIO AS) Immunity in the Copa del ReyThe fact of playing the Spanish Super Cup gives the four participants an advantage in the Cup. And is that they will be exempt until the sixteenth of the final or, what is the same, two rounds will be saved, in which the First Division teams measure themselves to clubs of Third and Second B. Anyway, it is a poisoned gift. This season, the four of Arabia were surprised by the trap of the single party, unlike their rivals, already accustomed. Moreover, neither Valencia, nor Atlético, nor Real Madrid nor Barcelona reached the semifinals of the KO tournament.JESUS ​​ALVAREZ ORIHUELA & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Rubiales, the great driver of the new Super Cup format.JESUS ​​ALVAREZ ORIHUELA (DIARIO AS)center_img The elections to the Federation and the Super CupThe new Super Cup format has been questioned by many, not so much for the Final Four, but for the fact that it is disputed in Saudi Arabia. Luis Rubiales, as president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, signed a large contract worth 40 million euros per year (Not all the money goes to the clubs, nor does the four charge the same) and three guaranteed editions. With the RFEF elections on the horizon, it is unknown what Iker Casillas would do with this competition in case he was victorious.Anyway, the contract is signed and it seems complicated that it can be broken by the change of mandate. However, if Rubiales finally defeats his rival and others who may appear (Antonio Torres has already pronounced his intention) the continuity of the format and the headquarters is fully guaranteed. Be that as it may, Real Sociedad and Athletic already have the certainty of being able to fight the first title in Spain next season.A first edition with the greatsValencia, Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid, as great powers of national football, were the participants of the first edition of the Spanish Super Cup in the Final Four format. While the competition bases make it the strongest to participate in the Saudi Arabian tournament, the great Cup made by Real Sociedad and Athletic gives them a place. Now, they will have a great opportunity, not only at the sports level, but also when it comes to showing their values ​​and philosophy internationally. Also for economic income.last_img read more

More N.Y. Yum franchises closed down

first_imgShares of Yum Brands slid 84 cents, or 1.4 percent, to close at $57.10 on the New York Stock Exchange. “We will not compromise on our food and restaurant quality,” Yum Brands executive Emil Brolick said in a written statement. ADF President Don Harty apologized to customers for the problems. “We are embarrassed by the situation and stress that certain restaurants did not meet the very high standards that we set for ourselves,” he said in a statement. The decade-old company owns more than 350 fast-food restaurants in several states and is among the nation’s largest operators of Pizza Huts. NEW YORK – A major owner of Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell franchises saw a majority of its New York City restaurants shut down Thursday as the fallout continued from a video showing rats overrunning one of its Manhattan eateries. The city’s health department revealed that three more restaurants owned by the ADF Cos., of Fairfield, N.J., were closed by inspectors this week because of unsanitary conditions. Two, both in Queens, were found to be infested with mice. The new closures prompted swift action by fast-food giant Yum Brands Inc., parent of the KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut chains. Late Wednesday it announced the pre-emptive closing of 10 additional New York restaurants operated by ADF. It said they would remain shuttered until city inspectors gave them a clean bill of health. As of Thursday afternoon, eight of its 22 New York restaurants had passed an inspection and were allowed to remain open. ADF spokeswoman Marissa Smith said it was unclear how soon the others might reopen. City inspectors put the company in their cross hairs last week, when a TV cameraman peering through the windows of a KFC/Taco Bell in Greenwich Village at 2:30 a.m. recorded a nauseating number of rats skittering across the floor and climbing on tables and countertops. The video, which circulated on the Internet, also brought shame on the city for giving a passing grade to the eatery during an inspection just a day earlier. A follow-up inspection resulted in the restaurant’s immediate closure. Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said this week that the city’s failure to immediately shut the restaurant was unacceptable, and he removed the inspector who conducted the initial review from field duty. He also promised that other inspectors could expect a thorough analysis of their work. Several restaurant owners complained they had been given excessively punitive inspections in the scandal’s wake. “After what happened in Manhattan, now they are cracking down on every restaurant,” said Ted Vlamis, whose Vegas Diner in Brooklyn failed an inspection and was ordered closed by the Department of Health on Wednesday. In 25 years of operation, Vlamis said, the restaurant had never been judged so harshly. This week’s inspection, he said, resulted in seven times as many violation points as the diner received in its last evaluation a year ago – all for minor infractions. “Two weeks ago, we would have been fine,” Vlamis said. Health department spokeswoman Sara Markt denied that any special crackdown was ongoing. Currently, about 1 in 5 city restaurants fail their annual inspection. About 500 of the 60,000 restaurants score poorly enough for the city to order them closed at least temporarily. Some of the city’s most famous restaurants have flunked a recent inspection, from the iconic Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, to the Hello Deli on 53rd Street, famous for the appearances of proprietor Rupert Jee on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman.” Over the past two fiscal years, inspectors have fined restaurants $38 million for code violations.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more