WVU study sees continued decline in West Virginia coal production

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WV Public Broadcasting:A new economic forecast shows the recent uptick in coal production is expected to level out during the next two years and decline precipitously during the next two decades.The annual coal production report, released today by West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, shows the recent uptick in coal production will be short-lived.The last few years have been a bright spot for West Virginia coal. Production has increased nearly 27 percent since the middle of 2016, driven largely by an uptick in coal exports to places like India, Brazil and Ukraine.By contrast, the report forecasts a 3 percent drop in coal production during the next two years, with production leveling out around 85 million tons of coal mined by 2020.“Weakening export activity will likely drive most of the anticipated drop in production through 2020, but the retirement and/or conversion of several gigawatts worth of coal-fired generating capacity that sources coal from West Virginia mines will also account for some of this decline,” the report states.Coal production in both the northern and southern parts of the state will be affected. But northern West Virginia, which largely produces thermal coal for use by U.S. power plants, will be hit harder. From 2020 through 2040, the analysts expect production to continue to drop, hitting 66 million tons by 2040, a 17 percent decline from 2016.More: Coal production report predicts downturn in the industry WVU study sees continued decline in West Virginia coal productionlast_img read more

Angels denied sweep of Royals with another loss to a lefty

first_imgPreviousKansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon can’t reach a ball hit for an RBI double by Los Angeles Angels’ Kevan Smith during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, left, is congratulated by Mike Trout after scoring on a double by Kevan Smith during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout gestures toward his dugout after hitting a double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Kansas City Royals’ Adalberto Mondesi laughs as he stands on first after hitting a single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Kansas City Royals short stop Adalberto Mondesi makes a catch on a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella makes a catch on a ball hit by Kansas City Royals’ Jorge Soler during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Kansas City Royals second baseman Nicky Lopez bobbles a ball hit for a single by Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Kansas City Royals’ Adalberto Mondesi is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a double by Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 10Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM — If the Angels are going to have the kind of extended hot streak to get their season turned around, they are going to need to figure out a way to beat some left-handed pitchers.They came up empty against Danny Duffy in a 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium.The Angels are now 5-12 against left-handed starters this season, compared with 17-12 against right-handers. They are hitting .210, the worst in the majors, and their .648 OPS is 25th in the majors. Against righties, their .276 average is tied for the best in the majors, and their .813 OPS is fourth.Last weekend in Baltimore, the Angels were going for the sweep before they lost to left-hander John Means on Sunday. This weekend they were again going for the sweep, but lost to Duffy. “Today was probably the best I’ve seen him throw personally,” Calhoun said. “I don’t know if its coincidence or we’ve run into some tough lefties, but I think as the season progresses that will head in our favor a little more.”In six innings against Duffy, they managed one run on five hits. In the eighth inning, after Albert Pujols had led off with a single against right-hander Scott Barlow, the Royals brought in lefty Jake Diekman. He struck out Calhoun, Kevan Smith and Tommy La Stella.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Asked if he has any explanation of their struggles against lefties, Manager Brad Ausmus said: “Not that we’ve found yet. But we’ll keep searching. It’s really tough to explain, to be honest with you.”Andrelton Simmons also had no clue.“I don’t know,” he said. “Not really. Maybe the lefties just decide to have their best games against us on those days. No real theory.”It’s particularly strange because Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Simmons are all right-handed hitters, so they ought to be better against lefties.Kole Calhoun, a left-handed hitter, said he figured what happened on Sunday was more about Duffy being good in this particular game. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Angels also started a lefty, Tyler Skaggs, but he did not fare as well.Skaggs was charged with four runs, three earned, in 5-2/3 innings. He started off strong, retiring seven of the first nine hitters, but the second time through the order bit him.The Royals tagged Skaggs for three runs in the third inning, one scoring because right fielder Calhoun let a single get past him, allowing the runners to take an extra base. Calhoun said he was in-between on whether he should dive it or play it on a hop, so he instead tried to deke the runners by acting as if he’d catch it, then the ball hopped past him.“Looking back I wish I wouldn’t have deked and went for that one,” Calhoun said, “but hindsight is 20-20. If I don’t get to that all and it goes past me, then I say ‘Man, I shouldn’t have dove for that.’ I tried to make the smart play and keep the double play in order. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. The ball skipped away and led to a big inning for them.”After that, Skaggs pitched a couple perfect innings before the Royals got to him for one more run in the sixth, the result of a leadoff walk.“I thought I threw the ball the pretty well,” Skaggs said. “I think there was honestly one hard-hit ball, the double. I kind of left it middle. Other than that, I thought I threw the ball really well. I threw a lot of strikes today. The last walk really pissed me off but other than that, I was really close to getting out of it, so it’s frustrating.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

Lonzo Ball felt good about his showing in return to Lakers’ lineup

first_imgCoach Luke Walton said he felt it was the first time in the preseason that he thought the team played with both the pace and the control he’s seeking – and it’s not coincidental that it happened in Ball’s first game back. Having two true point guards with Ball and Rajon Rondo seemed to stabilize a second unit that has played without cohesion in the preseason.“Tonight, it was definitely better than it was a few games ago,” he said. “We still had a couple possessions where that ball was flying up the court with zero dribbles, and that’s who we want to be.”Ball said it took him some time to catch his breath in the first quarter, but others said they didn’t see as many signs that he was laboring. While he hasn’t dunked much in practice, Kyle Kuzma said, he’s seen signs that Ball’s offseason conditioning has helped him a lot.“I don’t know how he does it,” Kuzma said. “He’s always been that way, and I think the weight room helped him gain more athleticism in the offseason. You can kind of see it in how fast he runs up and down the floor.”Wednesday night was also interesting for a twist in the closely watched position battle between Ball and Rondo: They played together. With both on the floor, the Lakers were able to push the throttle in transition (they totaled 38 fast-break points in the game to Golden State’s 17).While neither made a 3-point shot – which is a potential flaw in the lineup – Walton said he liked the look and the flexibility it gives the Lakers in specific quick half-court actions. Ball said he was also comfortable sharing the floor with him.“You got two point guards on the court at once: push me to the two, I can guard twos,” Ball said. “I don’t think that is a problem, and I did it at UCLA so not a big deal.”FREE-THROW TURNSTYLEWhat popped off of Brandon Ingram’s stat sheet on Wednesday wasn’t his 26 points, but how he got them: He was 15 for 17 from the free-throw line.It was a part of a night in which the Lakers shot a whopping 46 free throws (making 38), with Walton admitting, “it’s a lot – I’ll leave it at that.” But the Lakers have hoped to see more free throws in general from Ingram, who averaged just under five attempts per game last year.“Being a great scorer in this league, you’ve got to be a pretty good free-throw shooter and you’ve got to get to the line a lot,” Walton said. “We’re encouraging (Ingram) to be aggressive but we also need him to continue to move the ball when the defense has done a good job of loading up, but when he gets to the line like that he’s a very good player.”HART BACK IN ACTIONSecond-year guard Josh Hart didn’t score a point against the Warriors on Wednesday night, but he did play for just over 10 minutes. While a hamstring tweak kept him out of some practices early in the week, he went through shootaround Wednesday morning before playing one stint in the first half.“He wanted to go back in, said he didn’t feel anything,” Walton said. “But I agreed with him before the game I was gonna give him one long run and that was it.”Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed LAS VEGAS — For all the hand-wringing about Lonzo Ball’s knee, it seemed to be in good shape as the 20-year-old-point guard cruised through the air a few feet above the court on Wednesday night.He was in his first game back since offseason surgery that the Lakers had been incredibly cautious about rushing him back from. He was playing with a few teammates he had never shared the floor with before, including the very man who was sending him an alley-oop, LeBron James.But to Ball, crushing that second-quarter dunk off James’ pass was the most normal thing in the world as he enters his second season with the Lakers – and perhaps served as a reminder that this is his natural role.“That was my first time playing on his team,” he said. “But that is my play. We run it all the time, and he threw it up there for me.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img It wasn’t all easy for Ball, who started his preseason debut against the Golden State Warriors with a pair of turnovers and an airball. But with seven points, two assists and four steals, Ball also helped define what his role will be on this year’s Lakers, even if it won’t be the one he got last year when he was handed the keys after being drafted.When Ball was on the floor, the Lakers outscored the Warriors by eight. The game also saw the Lakers notch 28 assists against just 19 turnovers while ripping 13 steals off the Warriors. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more