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Op-Ed: How Is Trump Failing to Put America First? Let Us Count the Ways

first_imgOp-Ed: How Is Trump Failing to Put America First? Let Us Count the Ways FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享San Diego Union Tribune:Now that President Donald Trump has enfeebled the Environmental Protection Agency, reversed climate regulations opposed by fossil fuel interests and announced U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, it is right to examine whether his agenda on climate change really puts “America first,” which he so often proclaims is his overriding goal. In four critical areas, it does not.Our public health: The Trump agenda apparently disregards that the burning of fossil fuels spews volumes of gases and particulates into the air that are toxic to human health. Numerous studies show that the most severe effects include acute and chronic bronchitis, asthma attacks, lead and heavy metals poisoning, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks and premature death, with those most vulnerable to these ills being the elderly and our children.Moreover, pollution from the burning of fossil fuels costs billions of dollars in health care costs that are “hidden” in that they are not reflected in the market price for these fuels. These “hidden” costs include lost work days, increased emergency room visits and hospitalizations, increased insurance premiums and the overall growth in our national health care costs. In a 2009 report requested by Congress, the National Academy of Sciences estimated that in 2005 alone these costs were more than $120 billion.Our economy: Although President Trump proclaims he will bring back jobs by cutting environmental regulations, the evidence shows that new clean-energy technologies and the industries formed around them create far more jobs than are lost in the transition from burning fossil fuels.According to a 2015 report by the Environmental Defense Fund, based upon Department of Energy data, clean energy jobs already outnumbered those in fossil fuel by more than 2.5 to 1 and were growing at a rate 12 times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy. In a 2017 report, the Department of Energy predicts that energy-efficient employment will grow at the rate of 9 percent in the next 12 months, faster than any other energy sector.Our national security: Trump’s agenda also ignores a stark warning from the Department of Defense contained in a 2015 report requested by Congress, “National Security Implications of Climate-Related Risks and a Changing Climate.”The report goes straight to the heart of the matter: “DoD recognizes the reality of climate change and the significant risk it poses to U.S. interests globally. The National Security Strategy, issued in February 2015, is clear that climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources such as food and water. These impacts are already occurring, and the scope, scale, and intensity of these impacts are projected to increase over time.”Our global leadership: President Trump has announced that the U.S., the world’s largest polluter after China, will withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate accord, an international agreement, signed by the United States with 196 other countries, which commits the world community to a concerted effort in combating climate change. Our withdrawal would leave the U.S. isolated as one of a tiny handful of nations in the world that is not a member the pact.China, however, has signed the agreement and sees climate action as a way to fill the leadership vacuum left by the U.S., announcing plans to invest more than $360 billion in renewable energy by the end of this decade. Moreover, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, China is accelerating its foreign investments in renewable technologies and related equipment, a growing international market in which China may soon become the dominant player.Our announced withdrawal from the Paris agreement amounts to abdication of leadership in the global effort to combat climate change, at our cost and to China’s benefit.Let it therefore be said that President Trump’s agenda on climate change not only fails to put “America first” by ignoring the hard facts, it also puts in jeopardy our critical interests as a nation both at home and in the global arena.How Trump is failing to put America firstlast_img read more

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Elite League’s mid-season climaxes at Buxton today …triple-header starts at 16:00hrs

first_imgBy Ras WadadaTHE first round of matches in the truncated ‘season two’ of the GFF-Stag Elite League will climax at the Buxton Community ground today with all six teams in action.The opening act brings together the competition’s leader and winningest team, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the only other unbeaten team, Fruta Conquerors in a top of the table clash filled with expectations.The two-point lead by the Army, on a maximum 12 points, must be a psychological boost going into what must be their toughest challenge.kwame la-FleurAdded to that is their superior goal scoring per game, 18 goals from 4 matches as compared to the second placed Conquerors who have netted exactly half that amount from the same amount of games.The Tucville-based unit, however, have conceded just a solitary goal while the GDF have allowed 3 and this afternoon the Conquerors’ back four, led by captain Delano Williams, will be severely tested against the League’s top goal scorers in Sherwyn Caesar (6) and Delroy Fraser (3).Conquerors’ attack will be spearheaded by Jermin Junor, Eon Alleyne and ‘super-sub’ Kwame La Fleur who have accounted for seven of the team’s nine goals.The youthful Conquerors squad, with over a week’s rest, must win to top the table after the completion of the first half of the competition while the Army, with three days to recover, only needs a draw to maintain pole position at the top.The second game set for 18:00hrs is anticipated to be highly competitive as well, with Victoria Kings matching skills against longtime rival, Monedderlust FC who gave an impressive performance last Friday while losing 3-1 to the Army.Earlier on the same night,the Kings battled to their second stalemate when they were held to a 1-1 tie by Top XX. Victory this evening is important to both sides as they seek to make the top four, but the Kings on five points can advance with another draw while Monedderlust on 3 points must win to stay in contention.The final match should be entertaining as the improving Top XX aim to join the rest of the teams by registering their first win of the season. The bottom side missed the opportunity to secure their first win at Number Five Village last Friday and no doubt will be inspired to end the first stanza of the League on a winning note.The Buxtonians, on 3 points, know that a win tonight will assure them of a spot in the final four and that is their mission as they host their first game of the season which has so far served up 42 goals from the 12 games played.After tonight’s matches the teams will take a lengthy break until next February,when the League will resume with the top four play-offs before the start of the second half of the GFF-Stag Elite League.Teams will also be busy signing new players in the month of January when the transfer window will be opened so that teams can be strengthened for the second half of the League.last_img read more

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Hall’s last-ditch strike lands Bakewell Topp XX Mash Cup and $600,000

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanA virtuoso last-ditch strike by Keon Hall blew open a likely stalemate to propel his side, Bakewell Topp XX, to their second successive championship win over Coomacka to silence a partisan crowd as they won $600,000 and the Jermine and Family Linden MASH Cup football championship at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.When these two teams clashed at the same venue in the recent Upper Demerara Football Association’s year-end Christmas championship, Topp XX prevailed on penalties 3-1 after a 1-1 stalemate in regulation and overtime play.Meeting in their second straight final, Topp XX were first out to fire a shot towards the Coomacka goal in the fourth minute of play, but Coomacka then made their way down the right to see a cross by striker, Shaquille Frank, which was cleared by the Topp XX goalkeeper, Gregory Hinds, three minutes later.Frank, who was acquired through the transfer window from Haynes and Lewis Winners Connection would torment the Topp XX defense constantly and one such would see his shot go wide and another crashing on to the cross bar as Coomacka pressured their opponents.However, an ugly incident occurred in the 25th minute when Coomacka’s Michael Schekia was sent off after he reacted to his foul call committed against Topp XX’s Tony ‘Spirit’ Adams, by using foul language which was picked up by the referee, Sherwin Johnson.Instantly, referee Johnson sent him packing and this created a furore that sparked a halt to the game for 15 minutes.Just before play resumed, the vocal Coomacka crowd, incensed by the decision, hurled missiles which cause the Topp XX substitute bench to exchange positions from their western end to the eastern end with Coomacka .In the 30th minute, there was an anxious moment from a Topp XX corner kick as the ball moved from the right side and ran free as no player was there in the goal mouth.A free kick in the 42nd minute taken by Coomacka’s new acquisition, Marmalaque Davidson, was effectively punched away by an advancing Hinds in Topp XX goal. The first half eventually ended on a scoreless note.Topp XX began the second half again targeting their opponents goal where Kellon ‘Clean-Sheet’ Major was the custodian, but the move inside right was a poor one three minutes into play.Once again, the gangling Shaquille Frank released a shot but it was away to the right side of the Topp XX goal.In the 52nd minute of play, Topp XX’s lanky forward, Tony ‘Spirit’ Adams darting down the left flank, was fouled in the box. Surprisingly, the experienced Topp XX player, Travis Waterton, took the spot kick from 10 yards out and sent it wide of its mark, much to the astonishment of those watching.But Coomacka once again came forward as Frank harassed the Topp XX defenders and it was the good anticipation by their goalkeeper, Gregory Hinds, in the 56th minute that nullified that attempt.Ten minutes later, the momentum changed as Topp XX challenged everything thrown at them; they were able to force Coomacka’s Kellon ‘Clean-Sheet’ Major to bring off a good save.But in the process, Major seemed to have been injured and this brought about another stoppage, this time for nine minutes, and it appeared that Major would be substituted. But the courageous man between the uprights for Coomacka remained to the end of the game.In the 71st minute, Topp XX were unable to put themselves into the lead after a very good chance went abegging again as the ball ran free from a nice cross in the goal-mouth area.There were two more chances for Coomacka from close range in the 78th minute. And a Shawn ‘Dash’ Daniels shot connected to the hands of Major in goal and deflected on to the cross bar in the 87th minute as Topp XX were on the offensive.Then came the decisive strike. From the midfield in the centre, the ball was sent by Ryan Noel across to the oncoming Keon Hall on the right wing and with a couple of dribbles, despite the ball bouncing high, he blasted a volley that zoomed past a beaten Major to score and spark celebration among Topp XX’s loyal in the 90+4th minute.This was the sealer for the game as the final whistle was blown with Topp XX winning 1-0.Earlier in the day, Botafago again had the better of Haynes and Lewis’ Winners Connection as they ran over their opponents. Antoine Gill got a brace in the 66th and 71st minutes of play while the others came from Jamal Haynes in the 17th, his brother Shane in the 29th and Jashawn Moore in the 69th minutes.Botafago had also beaten the Winners Connection for third place in the recent Upper Demerara Football Association’s year-end Christmas championship 5-2.Businessman Jermine Allicock assisted in the presentation of the various prizes at stake as well as representatives from one of the sponsors, Edward B Beharry after the final was played.last_img read more