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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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Richford residents still waiting on new post office

first_imgThe owner said she was informed in January the diner’s contract with the postal service would not be renewed, and so shortly after that the town was left without any form of post office at all. “We wanted to transfer the contract to us and unfortunately was unable to be done that way, so they decided to remove it from us, and now it stands on the corner and now it still sits there from February of this year and people are still waiting,” said Karla Woodmansee, who bought the diner last summer. RICHFORD (WBNG) — This holiday season, one town’s residents sure are thankful Santa doesn’t deliver his packages by mail. Residents said the original Richford post office closed back in the fall of 2013. A spokesperson for the postal service said it had been a topic of discussion, but did not say when it would open and why it hasn’t opened yet. Sometime after that, a smaller operation was attached to the Red Rooster Diner in town, where residents could still send and receive packages. Woodmansee said contractors working on building a new post office told her it was supposed to be open in July, but even though construction has been completed, it still isn’t open.last_img read more

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Dutch transport scheme posts 12.7% profit [updated]

first_imgVervoer, the large sector scheme for the Netherlands’ private road transport system, posted a 12.7% gain in 2016.The €23bn transport scheme said this preliminary return figure included increases of 8% on fixed income, 11.2% on equity, 8.7% on real estate and 1.8% on infrastructure.In the fourth quarter, Vervoer’s investments yielded 3.4% over the course of the fourth quarter, with its equity holdings – roughly a third of the portfolio – generating 7.5%.The gains helped the pension scheme raise its funding ratio to 101.4%. However, the quarterly equity return was offset by a 0.2% loss on Vervoer’s fixed income allocation, and losses of 1.5% and 1.3% on property and infrastructure, respectively.Vervoer’s performance outpaced that of other large Dutch schemes. PFZW posted a 12% return in 2016, while PME, PMT, Philips, and KLM’s cabin staff scheme all saw gains of between 10% and 11%.Meanwhile, the €3.3bn pension fund of applied technical research institute TNO reported an annual profit of 9.7%.With gains of 12.9%, private equity was the best returning asset class of the TNO scheme last year. It said that fixed income and mortgages combined generated 9.4%, while equity and real estate yielded 8.8% and 6.9%, respectively, over the year.Following the decline of swap rates, TNO gained 1% from its interest rate hedge. However, the pension fund lost 0.3% on its currency hedge of the US dollar, sterling, and the yen.Funding of the Pensioenfonds TNO rose slightly during the year to 110.5%.last_img read more

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Mrs. Marilyn A. (Miller) Morgan

first_imgMrs. Marilyn A. (Miller) Morgan, age 77, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on July 9, 1939, in Ripley County, Indiana, the daughter of the late, Arnold Wilbur and Gladys Mary (Lindsay) Miller. She was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana since the age of five where she attended the Vevay High School. Marilyn was united in marriage on June 30, 1955, in Vevay, Indiana to Pastor Robert E. “Bob” Morgan and to this union arrived two daughters, Angela and Linda and two sons, Gary and Joshua to bless their home. Marilyn and Bob shared nearly 54 years of marriage together until he passed away on February 22, 2009. Marilyn was a former Associate Pastor for the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church in Greensburg, Indiana. She was a member of the Vevay Assembly Church in Vevay, Indiana. Marilyn was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marilyn passed away at 7:15 am, Saturday, August 13, 2016, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Marilyn will be dearly missed by her daughters: Angela (Morgan) Browning and her husband: Donnie of Vevay, IN and Linda (Morgan) Faust and her husband: Larry of Lafayette, IN; her son: Gary Morgan of Vevay, IN; her 10-grandchildren: Jared, Ashley, Drusilla, Randi, Danielle, Samantha, Robert, Korey, Alan, J.J. and Cody; her 10-great-grandchildren: Madison, Emma, Conner, London, Cecelia, Ethan, Elliott, Sophie, Chloe and Jackson; her brother: Rev. Kenny Miller and his wife: Carolyn of Vevay, IN; her sister: Carolyn Griffin and her husband: Dean of Pleasant, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: Arnold Wilbur and Gladys Mary (Lindsay) Miller; her husband of nearly 54 years: Pastor Robert E. “Bob” Morgan, died February 22, 2009 and her son: Joshua David Morgan, died February 17, 1995.Graveside Service: Family and friends to meet at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home to go in procession to Moffett Cemetery at 10:00 am, Thursday, August 18, 2016Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideon’s International Memorial Bible Program or Vevay Assembly. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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Watford boss Quique Flores eyes Crystal Palace midfielder as striker’s future remains uncertain

first_img1 Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has revealed he expects to soon sign a midfielder, but is yet to make a decision on Matej Vydra’s future.The Hornets boss, whose team host Southampton in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday, has been linked with several high-profile players – Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli and free agent Yoann Gourcuff included – but said that for now a more defensive midfielder is his priority.“We have three players, [Ben] Watson, [Etienne] Capoue and [Valon] Behrami, in this position so we are a bit weak,” Sanchez Flores said. “The season is very long and we need to replace injuries and suspensions. Maybe we have news in a few days in that position.“The [end of the] market is close, there will be a lot of players going in the last moment and some going to come in the last moment.“I like [Crystal Palace’s Adlene Guedioura]. I checked him in matches at the end of last season. He was one of the main players in the squad, but I don’t exactly know what is his situation now because this changes every day. He is a good player but I don’t know about the possibility of bringing him back.“Inside the club we didn’t talk about Balotelli. It is more of a possibility in the media than in the club. We didn’t talk about him.“I don’t know if [club owner] Mr Pozzo was offered [Gourcuff]. But I do like players of this kind of quality.”Nottingham Forest have enquired about signing Vydra on loan, but Sanchez Flores is yet to decide whether he is prepared to allow the 23-year-old Czech to leave, raising the possibility of another forward joining the club before then.“We didn’t make an official decision in the case of Vydra,” said Sanchez Flores. “We wait a little bit more to decide, maybe three or four days. It depends on a lot of things, a lot of things can change.“Always the players want to play. Sometimes players who are not playing, their passion is not so big. The league is very long and you need to have the patience to wait for the opportunity. Some players can wait for a long time, some want to leave.“Players are sometimes looking for other options and we respect the ideas of the players. We know the brain sometimes has the idea to change and look for other clubs. I respect that. The final decision is on the club.“If players move, from Watford, more players will come in to use this position. We have to wait as it is only speculation now.“[Vydra] has different qualities and I watch him in training every day, but we take a decision on him soon.” Adlene Guedioura last_img read more