EPA administrator speaks at ND

first_imgMargaret Hynds | The Observer Just days after Pope Francis’s arrival in the U.S. and address to the nation’s leaders, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy spoke on campus Friday afternoon to both students and the press, discussing climate change and Notre Dame’s recently announced efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and integrate a variety of sustainable energy sources.In the next five years, the University will cease burning coal in its campus power plant, and by 2030 it plans to halve its carbon emissions, University president Fr. John Jenkins said last week.At Friday’s press conference, McCarthy quoted Francis’s words earlier in the week and stressed the importance of the nation getting behind efforts to prevent further climate change.“On Wednesday, during remarks at the White House, the Holy Father Pope Francis said, ‘When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment in history,’” she said. “Indeed the Pope, President Obama and countless other world leaders have made it clear that the time to action climate change is now, and that all of us — whether in the public, private, academic or faith-based communities — have a role to play in addressing this global challenge for the sake of our kids and especially for those most vulnerable. That’s why we must act today.“And I have to say, the pope’s time in Washington was indeed personal for me, not just as a Catholic but as someone who has been in the fight against climate change for many years.“His trip reaffirmed the tide really has turned … that we’re past the old days of debating the science and making incremental progress, and right now we do have solutions available to us so that we can take actions now that are not just good at addressing climate but that are also good for our economy and those most vulnerable,” she said.McCarthy described Notre Dame’s plans for the integration of sustainable energy and reduction of carbon emissions as “an opportunity to demonstrate what the pope’s moral responsibility actually looks like.”“The steps we are taking here today at ND are something that I want to make sure everybody knows and is celebrating, because they are a tremendous example of bringing life to the pope’s challenge; of recognizing that we have a moral responsibility and we do have actions that we can and must take today,” she said. “I want to explain to everybody just how excited I am to be on this campus, under this president’s leadership and actually tackling this issue in a way that’s going to add value to the campus, but perhaps more importantly bring life to the intersect of faith and values that the challenge of climate change demands.“That is really so well aligned with the message of this pope. And I commend the University of ND for setting ambitious goals and efforts in taking action already to reduce their carbon footprint, which they expect to halve by 2030. That is what leadership and that is what stewardship actually looks like,” she said.Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves also spoke, detailing further what the University hopes and plans to do in the coming years in regards to renewable energy.As the University works through its coal cessation plan, he said, it has explored and is currently working on a number of other energy strategies.“At the moment, we’re using a lot of natural gas, we’re looking at creating our first geothermal field set to go in after next June as we complete the research building on the east side of campus,” he said. “We’re going to have a geothermal field under the parking area there, and we’re looking at other geothermal fields in several places on campus.”In addition to geothermal energy, Affleck-Graves said Notre Dame is investigating other avenues to create a more “diversified strategy.”“[We’re] moving more and more towards renewable energy, so we arrive at a situation where most of our energy will come from renewable sources,” he said. “ … We’re looking at a hydroelectric plant on the river. We’re working with the city of South Bend, and that’s in the planning and approval stages. There’s a lot of regulation that goes around that.“We’re also looking at solar, particularly in some of the parking fields that we have, where we have large open areas that we can maybe put solar on top of parking structures, and maybe a little bit of solar on top of roofs.”When asked about the cost of moving from traditional sources of energy to renewable sources, Affleck-Graves said he did not foresee that being a large issue for the University. The cost of investing in things like a geothermal field would be high, he said, but after the field goes in there would no longer be installation costs associated with it.“I wouldn’t say it’s new money, it’s an element of new money but also the redirection of money. … Instead of a new coal fire burner, we’ll invest in another alternative source,” he said.McCarthy said because climate change is a reality now, action needs to be taken immediately to protect the disadvantaged and future generations.“It’s not just about the challenge of keeping our children safe in the future, but it is all about protecting them today, protecting the most vulnerable and making sure we meet the president’s call for us to take action and meet that moral responsibility,” she said.Tags: EPA, Notre Dame, Pope Francis, renewable energylast_img read more

J.T. Realmuto’s 3-run homer helps Phillies beat Yankees 5-4

first_imgLast Updated: 7th August, 2020 10:39 IST J.T. Realmuto’s 3-run Homer Helps Phillies Beat Yankees 5-4 Hector Neris didn’t back down with the game on the line and Aaron Judge at the plate. SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News LIVE TV Written By COMMENTcenter_img First Published: 7th August, 2020 10:39 IST WATCH US LIVE Hector Neris didn’t back down with the game on the line and Aaron Judge at the plate.J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer, Neris struck out Judge in a big spot and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Yankees 5-4 Thursday night.Phillies starter Zach Eflin allowed two unearned runs and four hits, striking out five in four innings in his first start this season. A beleaguered bullpen surrendered two runs the rest of the way on Gary Sanchez’s two-run homer off Nick Pivetta.Deolis Guerra (1-0) tossed a scoreless fifth for the win and Pivetta went two innings. Jose Alvarez got two outs in the eighth around a double by Giancarlo Stanton, and manager Joe Girardi called on his closer to face the red-hot Judge, who came in to hit for Brett Gardner.With Stanton on third, Neris fanned Judge swinging at a splitter. Judge hit seven homers in the previous eight games.“You know how dangerous he is, but Hector was fantastic,” Girardi said.Neris was happy his manager didn’t ask him to intentionally walk Judge in that spot.“No matter if it’s Judge or another hitter, you have a chance,” Neris said. “Joe showed confidence in me and I wanted to attack him.”Neris gave up a consecutive singles to pinch-hitter DJ LeMahieu and Mike Tauchman with two outs in the ninth before retiring Luke Voit on a deep fly to right-center for his second save.“He fits the description perfectly,” Eflin said of Neris. “He’s a fiery guy and he wants the ball.”The Phillies split the four-game, home-and-home series against the team that Girardi managed for 10 seasons, winning three AL East titles and one World Series.Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery (1-1) yielded five runs and six hits in four innings.“I either had a really good inning or a really bad inning,” Montgomery said. “So I have a lot to take away from the good innings and I’m trying to learn from those.”The lefty quickly ran into trouble in the first. After Andrew McCutchen lined out, Rhys Hoskins walked and Bryce Harper ripped a single. Realmuto then launched his third homer in seven games into the empty left-field seats.Loud fans gathered outside the ballpark beyond center field screamed “Sign J.T.” after the All-Star catcher circled the bases. Realmuto can be a free agent after the season.The group annoyed Yankees manager Aaron Boone by blowing an air horn throughout the night. He mentioned it to umpires but they couldn’t prevent the fans who call themselves the “Fandemic Crew” from using it.“The environment we’re in, it’s almost like a golf environment,” Boone said. “I thought there was a timing element to it.”An error on second baseman Scott Kingery led to a pair of unearned runs in the second. Tauchman’s two-run single cut Philadelphia’s lead to 3-2.Phil Gosselin drove a two-run double to left-center to extend the lead to 5-2 in the third.Sanchez got New York within a run with an opposite-field drive to right in the seventh. He was 2 for 29 this season before going deep.“He’s certainly not where he wants to be or where he needs to be but hopefully he’s starting to make those baby steps to get back to being the presence we know he is,” Boone said.Sanchez said he was due.“Knowing how things were going for me, I was definitely due,” he said. “It was my time to put a good swing on the ball.”The Yankees have hit a a homer in 12 straight games to open the season, extending their franchise-record streak.ROSTER MOVESYankees: Optioned INF/OF Miguel Andújar, INF Thairo Estrada and RHP Nick Nelson to the team’s alternate site. Signed RHP Nick Tropeano and put him on active roster. Transferred RHP Tommy Kahnle to 60-day injured list.Phillies: Optioned RHP Enyel De Los Santos and OF Kyle Garlick to team’s alternate site.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman, who tested positive for COVID-19 last month, is scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Saturday. He is expected to face live hitters next week. … Sanchez was in the lineup despite soreness and stiffness after taking a pitch off his elbow Wednesday night.Phillies: RHP Reggie McClain was reinstated from the paternity list and placed on the 10-day injury list, retroactive to Aug. 3, because of right shoulder impingement. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

What channel is Alabama vs. Michigan on today? Time, TV schedule for Citrus Bowl 2020

first_imgNo. 9 Alabama and No. 17 Michigan face off in the Citrus Bowl on Wednesday, one of four college football bowls on the 2020 New Year’s Day schedule.Alabama (10-2, 6-2 SEC) makes its way to the Citrus Bowl after suffering two regular-season losses to LSU and Auburn — the first time that has happened since 2010. The Crimson Tide had College Football Playoff championship aspirations this season, so it’s on Nick Saban to keep his team motivated enough for a postseason win for a fifth straight year. MORE: Alabama vs. Michigan odds, predictions, betting trendsWhat channel is Alabama vs. Michigan on today?TV channel (national): ABCLive stream: WatchESPNAlabama vs. Michigan is televised nationally on ABC, one of four games played on New Year’s Day on Wednesday. Dave Pasch will do play-by-play, Greg McElroy will serve as the analyst and Tom Luginbill will be the sideline reporter.What time does the Alabama vs. Michigan bowl game start?Date: Wednesday, Jan. 1Start time: 1 p.m. ETThe Citrus Bowl matchup between Alabama and Michigan starts at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Alabama and Michigan have have split their four meetings, with the Wolverines winning the first meeting 28-24 in the 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl. Alabama returned the favor when it beat the Wolverines 17-14 in the 1997 Outback Bowl. Michigan got back on top of the series again in 2000, beating the Crimson Tide 35-34 in the Orange Bowl. Alabama once again evened the series in 2012, beating 41-14 to start the season.College Football Playoff, New Year’s 6 gamesSaturday, Dec. 28BowlTeamsCotton Bowl ClassicPenn State 53, Memphis 39Peach Bowl (CFP semifinal)LSU 63, Oklahoma 28Fiesta Bowl (CFP semifinal)Clemson 29, Ohio State 23Monday, Dec. 30BowlTeamsOrange BowlFlorida 36, Virginia 28Wednesday, Jan. 1BowlTeamsTime (ET)TVRose Bowl GameWisconsin vs. Oregon5 p.m.ESPNSugar BowlGeorgia vs. Baylor8:45 p.m.ESPNMonday, Jan. 13BowlTeamsTime (ET)TVCollege Football Playoff championshipLSU vs. Clemson8 p.m.ESPN The Wolverines (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten) made the Citrus Bowl by winning four of their last five games, including a top-10 opponent in Notre Dame. Michigan is looking for its fourth 10-win season under coach Jim Harbaugh, but it has lost three straight bowl games, including two in the New Year’s 6 and two to SEC opponents.Here’s a guide to everything you need to watch the 2020 Citrus Bowl between Alabama and Michigan, including start time, TV channel and a full New Year’s Six bowl schedule.last_img read more