Photo: There’s A Clear Crowd Advantage At Clemson-Notre Dame Game

first_imgA general view of the Dallas Cowboys StadiumARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of the field during the game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff is underway. Clemson and Notre Dame are doing battle at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex. The winner will play Alabama or Oklahoma in the national title game.Jerry World is packed to the brim with fans. Both fan bases traveled well, but it looks like one program has a slight advantage.Notre Dame fans, decked out in blue, gold and green, seem to outnumber Clemson orange in the crowd.Media estimates by those in attendance have been in the ’55-45′ or ’60-40′ range.I would say around 55/45 Notre Dame/Clemson fans here. This stadium will be loud either way.— Dylan Sinn (@DylanSinn) December 29, 2018Eyeball estimate of Cotton Bowl crowd is 60/40 Irish fans, according to @max_olson. pic.twitter.com/xSzofDpiBV— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 29, 2018It makes sense that ND might have slightly more fans. There are Fighting Irish fans all over the country, and the program has played Shamrock Series Games in Texas recently.Notre Dame and Clemson have traded punts the first two possessions. We’re still waiting for the first big play in this one.You can tune in on ESPN.last_img read more

CCS technology uptake needs accelerating – NMA

first_imgSwift development and deployment of new technology capable of capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the world’s coal-based power plants is essential for addressing climate change in an economically sustainable way, said a U.S. mining industry spokesman recently at a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. “Our current economic crisis reminds us all the more of the importance of structuring any actions responsibly so we can meet both our environmental and our economic goals,” said National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn.  Quinn told subcommittee members that the nation’s and the world’s increasing use of coal to fuel electricity generation makes it imperative that Congress accelerate the widespread use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. Global greenhouse gas emissions are projected to grow by 57% in the next couple of decades, with most coming from large, rapidly growing developing countries, said Quinn.  “Consequently, even if the U.S. and all advanced industrial countries stopped using coal, most of the world’s CO2 emissions sources would remain untouched,” he said.Quinn has urged Congress to speed up CCS development, ensuring that global emissions are reduced and that coal can continue to provide affordable electricity for U.S. homes and businesses at a time of economic uncertainty and rising unemployment. The NMA feel greater federal support will be critical for timely deployment of CCS technology so that coal-based power plants, which provide half the nation’s electricity, will be able to reduce CO2 emissions without switching to fuels more costly for households and industries. Otherwise, warned Quinn, a sharp drop in coal consumption could have a devastating effect throughout the U.S. coal community, from which it would be very difficult to recover, even with CCS technology available in the future. This ‘valley of death’ scenario can be avoided, he said, if Congress harmonises the deadlines for reducing emissions with the commercial availability of CCS technologies.  Expediting CCS development will be costly, said Quinn, but it will be up to a third less than not making the effort, according to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He said climate change policy is a responsibility of our elected representatives, and pledged NMA’s continued cooperation with Congress and the administration to find solutions that result in the lowest cost to American families and businesses.  For the full statement of Quinn’s testimony, see www.nma.org/pdf/cong_test/030909_quinn.pdf.last_img read more