FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Benjamin Storrow for the Casper Star Tribune: Political flaps over coal exports get the headlines. But a deteriorating market poses a greater threat to American mining firms’ dreams of establishing a beachhead in Asia.Exports were widely viewed as a lifeline for the United States’ contracting coal industry as recently as 2014. Some analysts predicted mines in the western U.S. could annually ship up to 200 million tons to Asia, or roughly half of what Wyoming’s mines produced at their peak in 2012.Slowing economic growth, a worldwide glut of coal and high shipping costs have clouded the picture since, leaving Indonesia and Australia better positioned to compete in Asia’s contracting import market.“It doesn’t look as promising as it did in the past,” said Andy Roberts, an international coal analyst at the consulting firm Wood Mackenzie. It was Roberts who made the prediction in 2014 that mines in the western U.S. could ship up to 200 million tons annually.“At one time, PRB (coal) could be sold into Asia for a price 20 times above its cost and still compete with Indonesia,” he said. “In other words, plenty of room to make a profit. Today, to make that same sale you would have to make a sale at 12 times below costs.”Wood Mackenzie no longer assumes a series of coal export terminals proposed in the Pacific Northwest will be built.The shift reflects the sea change in global coal markets. American thermal exports, always a sliver of domestic production, are down 40 percent since their peak in 2012, and the U.S. Energy Information Administration expects them to decline by another 20 percent in 2016.The upheaval in the economic landscape comes as proposed terminals in the Pacific Northwest find themselves facing mounting political hurdles. The U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers last week rejected the Gateway Pacific Terminal in Bellingham, Washington, citing tribal fishing rights. SSA Marine, the project developer, is mulling an appeal.,,,The greatest factor behind the increasingly gloomy outlook for coal exports, though, is China. The world’s second-largest economy has driven global coal demand in recent decades.Chinese annual coal consumption grew at an average rate of 9 percent between between 2003 and 2011, according to the U.S. Energy Information Information Administration. That rate is expected to slow to .3 percent between now and 2040.The slowdown in Chinese coal consumption is due to several factors. Economic growth has slowed and the need for imports along the coast waned. Beijing recently announced plans to halt construction of 200 gigawatts of new coal power, enough to supply Great Britain, in attempts to battle air pollution. And, most important, China’s economy is undergoing structural changes, moving away from energy-intensive heavy industries and toward a consumer-based economy.“There is no basis for the argument that a robust global coal market will exist in the next 10 years, 15 years, 25 years,” said Tom Sanzillo, director of finance at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a think tank that has argued for a shift from coal.Full article: http://trib.com/business/energy/the-prospects-for-coal-exports-are-dimming-but-politics-have/article_f59da9b2-f454-588c-99dc-315c6fcc2609.html ‘The Prospects for Coal Exports Are Dimming, but Politics Have Little to Do with it’
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Chone Figgins played second base on Tuesday. By itself that’s unremarkable. Yet at a stage of spring when some players are just getting into their first game, Figgins has already played five positions for the Dodgers: Second, third, shortstop, center field, left field — with a pinch-hitting appearance thrown in for good measure.Where does he feel most comfortable?“On the field,” Figgins said. “That’s where I feel comfortable. There’s not one position.” Figgins went 0 for 2 against the Seattle Mariners in a 4-1 Dodgers loss at Camelback Ranch. He has just two singles and two walks in 15 Cactus League plate appearances. While his defensive versatility is nice, it’s clear that Figgins’ bat will dictate how good his chances are of making the major-league club. Justin Turner, Brendan Harris and Dee Gordon figure to be Figgins’ primary competition. Of the four, only Gordon is on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.“I think his at-bats early were good,” manager Don Mattingly said of Figgins. “(Monday) and today were a little bit more stagnant. We’re going to keep giving him at-bats.”Dodgers announce cutsThe Dodgers trimmed their camp roster by 10 prior to the game. Pitchers Pedro Baez, Stephen Fife, Yimi Garcia and Jarret Martin and outfielder Nick Buss were optioned to the team’s minor-league camp. Pitchers Sam Demel, Chris Reed and Daniel Moskos, and catchers Griff Erickson and Chris O’Brien were optioned to the minor-league camp.“Some of our decisions are just based on the length of this camp, and us having to try to get down to a working number, and to prioritize the number of innings and at-bats we have left,” Mattingly said. “That’s the biggest reason. It seems early, but for us it’s getting there, toward the 22nd.”Angels thump RangersRaul Ibanez went 2 for 3 with a home run off Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish in a 7-3 victory at Tempe Diablo Stadium.Mike Trout also went 2 for 3, and Howie Kendrick and Colin Cowgill had a pair of RBIs for the Angels (3-2).Right-hander Tyler Skaggs pitched 2 1/3 innings in his debut, allowing three hits, two runs (both earned), walking two and striking out two. Right-hander Joe Smith walked one batter and allowed one run in his Cactus League debut.AlsoThe Angels announced that all 25 of their pre-arbitration-eligible players have signed contracts for 2014. The group of players includes pitchers Garrett Richards, Hector Santiago, Dane De La Rosa and Tyler Skaggs, and outfielders J.B. Shuck and Kole Calhoun. … Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten will be presented with the 2013 Sports Executive of the Year Award today by the L.A. Sports Council at the 9th Annual LA Sports Awards at the Beverly Hilton. The ceremony will be televised on Prime Ticket at a later date. … Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp (ankle) was cleared to run curved lines on the basepaths. … Zack Greinke (calf) still hasn’t been cleared to throw off a mound. … Former Dodgers closer Eric Gagne will be at Camelback Ranch today coaching the French national team in a game against Dodgers minor leaguers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Indeed, the 36-year-old sparkplug who is generously listed at 5-foot-8, has played every position in an 11-year career other than pitcher, catcher and first base. The Dodgers lost some defensive versatility when veterans Skip Schumaker and Nick Punto departed as free agents. Figgins has quickly shown that he can play all the positions they did — plus a couple more.The only question with Figgins is his bat. He produced a .227/.302/.283 slash line (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) in three forgettable seasons with the Seattle Mariners from 2010-2012. He sat out the 2013 season after the Miami Marlins released him on March 20. “That wasn’t on me to take a year off,” he said, “that was the team’s choice.”While his speed is still an asset in the field and on the basepaths, Figgins still looks rusty at the plate. Tuesday, he said he’s still working to involve more of his lower body into his swing.“My plate discipline is good,” he said. “I’m not chasing balls. There’s still some tweaks I’d like to make.”
Casillas’ candidacy wants to wait first to see how events unfold and how the Higher Sports Council reacts. Several experts consulted in the electoral processes in sport, mostly jurists, assure that this hypothetical request for the postponement would have all the options to prosper since it would be the most logical scenario and that, even, it would not have to be only a step to take in soccer, but in all the federations of territorial or national scope. In fact, yesterday the Andalusian Basketball Federation made public the cancellation of their elections until the social panorama improves. A decision that Irene Lozano is one step away from making with the RFEF before the advance of the coronavirus and the state of alarm decreed by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez.It would only be in the event that the CSD did not pronounce itself, when Casillas would ask for an audience to put this issue on the table once again, in the previous meetings with Irene Lozano, his requests for electoral delay were not met. By then, Casillas would already know if the Euro Cup and even the Olympic Games and various World Cups of various specialties, which were so tight on the deadlines, could have already been officially suspended. That and the fact that even the regional elections in Galicia and the Basque Country, for example, are on the wire and at this time it is debated when to hold them, it would make his wish that the duel with Rubiales scheduled for June be delayed a few more months not at all unreasonable. “You have to talk to a lot of people, there are 23,000 people who have to choose the 139 members of the Assembly who will vote for the president, and you have to travel Spain from end to end to speak to all levels with some trips and through some meetings that it will not be possible to do in a long time … “, assures one of Casillas’ partners in this battle that, although it is not yet known that copper is being fought in his name, he will soon announce it. Luis Rubiales was asked last Thursday in Las Rozas by the media about the presidential elections that are to be held in June. Especially in case this coronavirus crisis could change the process deadlines. The President of the Federation, appealing to caution and responsibility, was blunt: “I have nothing planned. I am concerned about the problem of the coronavirus. At the administration level, it remains 100% and the elections are an administrative act. We are going to focus in the coronavirus. Depending on the scenario, we’ll see what happens. ” Nevertheless, That possibility of the elections being affected is gaining weight after the last two days, in which the national problem has increased and the state of alarm has had to be decreed with very strict rules for all the autonomous communities without exception.The environment of Casillas, which is not only reduced as at the beginning of his pre-candidacy to his representative, his promoters and his closest collaborators, but also extends to the territorial presidents, coaches and players who have already given him this month in private their informal vote of confidence, they recognize off the record what They are encouraging him to ask for a postponement of the electoral process when the time is right. That movement could arrive in a matter of days, predictably on March 25, which is when Luis Rubiales had planned to resign as president on a protocol basis to open the electoral process, and especially when the general mood tempers a little and lowers the current state of panic over the pandemic that is punishing Spain and Europe. Taking a step now may seem selfish and unsympathetic. CSD sources have assured Ace that “the only priority for Irene Lozano, Secretary of State for Sport, at this moment is health. How could it be otherwise, the alert state will prevail over all other things, including the elections to the Federation “.