Opponents to New York natural gas pipeline push energy efficiency, renewable options FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Crain’s New York Business:New York is a city of canyons. But for Ashley Fallon, a child of Breezy Point who now lives in Rockaway Beach, her portion of Queens can seem closer to California than Manhattan. The view from her surfboard might include any of three species of whales, two kinds of dolphins and baby seals. Walking on the beach, she sometimes spots the rare snowy owl.Fallon knows the beach was not always this clean or the water this full of life. That is one reason she has joined a coalition of local civic and environmental groups fighting the proposed Williams Transco natural gas pipeline. The groups, including Surfriders Foundation, 350.org and the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, insist the pipeline could inflict lasting environmental damage on the area.The 24-mile expansion of existing pipeline infrastructure would run 17 miles underwater, from New Jersey’s Raritan Bay across lower New York Bay to a Transco pipeline already in place three miles offshore from the Rockaway Peninsula. The projects supporters are no less passionate than Fallon. They say the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, or NESE, will address a looming natural gas shortage in Brooklyn and Queens and on Long Island that could inflict lasting damage on the region’s economy.The battle is playing out amid another gas shortage that has raised alarms across the region’s business community: Con Edison has declared a moratorium on natural-gas hookups in southern Westchester. As of March 15, the utility said, it will not be able to guarantee service for new projects, effectively stifling developments. National Grid, Williams’ partner in the NESE project, is warning of a similar moratorium in Brooklyn and Queens and on Long Island should New York not approve the billion-dollar pipeline by May 15. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, which is weighing public comments, could block the pipeline if it found the project does not comply with the state’s water quality standards.But the project’s critics maintain the energy sector is at a tipping point, with new technology making strides in efficiency, and renewables having more potential. They cite gains from new boilers, building retrofits, eco-friendly building codes and more efficient electric heating and cooling systems.“You have to consider the alternatives now more than ever,” said Tom Sanzillo, a former New York state deputy comptroller who is director of finance for the pro-renewables Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “And the reason you have to do that is because conditions in the industry are changing so fast and there are more and more alternatives and innovations.”More: Business groups say natural-gas delivery has reached a crisis point. Environmentalists agree
WITH the days counting down to the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) International Race of Champions, one competitor is already licking his chops to get his hands on one of the local titles.Motilall Deodass, better known as Kevin, is in prime position to win the 2017 Toyota Starlet cup to be hosted by the GMR&SC this weekend.“Yes, I am the current leader of the Starlet Cup 2017 championship, but there is still a lot more to do to take it. There are two whole days of racing before anyone can be crowned champion.”He added, “At the moment, I want to take every race as it comes to ensure that we make the best of them and get maximum points.”“We know there are some strong competitors in the group like Rameez Mohamed and Allan Da Silva, but we also have to be cognizant of the new-comers in the group,” Deodass continued.He noted that at the moment, the car is working well but there are definitely some areas that need to be tightened up on.“I think a little more seat team can’t possibly hurt for me as a driver and I think in this week leading up to the race meet, I will be trying to get some more seat time.”
Scotland [View the story “‘There’s no such thing as glorious failure!’ – Fans react to Scotland failing to qualify for Euro 2016” on Storify] 1 Northern Ireland have done it. England have done it. Wales and the Republic of Ireland will probably do it.But Scotland have not.Gordon Strachan’s men failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and look like they will be the only one of the home nations not crossing the English Channel to France next summer. Scotland drew 2-2 with Poland at Hampden Park after a late, late Robert Lewandowski goal summed up the misery of what looked like it could be a memorable Scottish night at one point.Republic of Ireland’s late Shane Long goal meant they had guaranteed themselves at least a play-off place, meaning Scotland cannot finish higher than fourth in Group D.The reactions on social media were a mixture of despair (from Scottish fans) and hilarity (from everyone else).See the best tweets below.