Fossil Fuel Companies Are Grappling with Climate Change

first_imgFossil Fuel Companies Are Grappling with Climate Change FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Time:A peculiar theme park in the Hague celebrates the history of the Netherlands through a series of miniature models. The Madurodam features little canals, old-fashioned windmills, tiny tulips and, amid it all, an homage to Royal Dutch Shell, the oil giant that is the biggest company in the country and, by revenue, the second largest publicly traded oil-and-gas company in the world. There’s a Shell drilling platform, a Shell gas station and a Shell natural-gas field, complete with a drilling rig. The display is at once odd–energy infrastructure in a children’s theme park–and entirely fitting: Shell has been, for decades, one of the most powerful players both in Dutch politics and on the global economic stage.But that could soon change. As concerns grow over the existential challenges posed by climate change, Shell must grapple with its own existential crisis: How should a company that generates most of its profits by serving the world’s enormous appetite for oil navigate a long-term future in which shifting political and economic tides threaten to make fossil fuels obsolete?Shell CEO Ben van Beurden has a bird’s-eye view of the situation from his corner office at the company’s global headquarters in the Hague. “We have to figure out what are the right bets to take in a world that is completely changing because of society’s concerns around climate change,” he says.Projections from energy companies show demand for oil could peak and fall in the coming decades; some outside analyses suggest demand for oil could plateau as soon as 2025. Markets are already jittery about the industry: energy was the worst-performing sector on the S&P 500 index in 2019. In 1980, the energy industry represented 28% of the index’s value, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Last year, it represented less than 5%. The shift away from oil looms so large that Moody’s warned in 2018 that the energy transition represents “significant business and credit risk” for oil companies. The heads of the Banks of England and France said in an op-ed that any company that does not change strategically to the new energy reality “will fail to exist.” On Jan. 14, Larry Fink, founder and CEO of investment giant BlackRock, wrote in an open letter that “climate change has become a defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects.”As oil flirts with the prospect of decline, energy executives are at odds over what to do. Some firms, like ExxonMobil, are positioning themselves to squeeze the last lucrative years from the oil economy while arguing to shareholders that they will be able to sell all their oil. Shell and a handful of others are beginning to adapt.Under van Beurden’s leadership, Shell is charting a path that will allow it to continue to profit from oil and gas while simultaneously expanding its plastics business and diversifying into electrical power. By the 2030s, the 112-year-old fossil-fuel giant wants to become the world’s largest power company. As part of this strategy, Shell has worked to present itself as environmentally friendly. Last year, it committed to reduce its emissions by as much as 3% by 2021, and by around 50% by 2050, tying its executives’ compensation to the cuts.Analysts say it’s too early to tell whether Shell’s strategy to reduce reliance on oil will pay off for shareholders in the long run. Last year, Shell, while continuing to pay large dividends, bought back stock, helping maintain its share price. The maneuver kept the company’s stock valuation roughly level, but it’s hardly a workable long-term strategy. Across the sector, companies “have to figure out who they are in this changing market,” says Tom Sanzillo, director of finance at the IEEFA. “They are not the profit center that they used to be, and they probably never will be.”The viability of sticking with oil, even as major world economies promise to move away, is uncertain. Both ExxonMobil and Chevron are staying the course, hoping to outlast their competitors. But Shell and others are moving to adapt. BP, for instance, has also invested in natural gas and power, while ConocoPhillips has prioritized “short-cycle project times” to help it stay economically competitive. Occidental has dropped money into a method of drilling that allows it to store CO2 in the ground, a bet that it can offset some of the regulatory costs of CO2 emissions within its own operations. And in December, the Spanish oil giant Repsol committed to being carbon-neutral by 2050 and wrote down many of its oil assets on the grounds that their value will diminish as oil fades.[Justin Worland]More: The Reason Fossil Fuel Companies Are Finally Reckoning With Climate Changelast_img read more

What legal rights would you give up?

first_img September 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News What legal rights would you give up? Justice labors to educate citizens about their constitutional rights Gary Blankenship Senior Editor “What is a warrant? Can I pick one up at Wal-Mart?” Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis asked a roomful of attorneys.“Yes, now you can,” replied criminal defense lawyer David Rothman, a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors.A minute or so later, Lewis interrupted Greg Parker, another board member, who was reading aloud the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Parker had just come to the part about probable cause for searches.“What is probable cause?” Lewis queried.Replied Parker, “I’ve actually never seen it. I’m a criminal defense lawyer.”Okay, so the criminal defense lawyers were having some fun, as were the rest of the lawyers in the room. But they were also being fully engaged in the exercises being run by Justice Lewis and Annette Boyd Pitts, executive director of the Florida Law Related Education Association.And that was the point as Lewis and Pitts showed how they run education programs for school classrooms and adult groups designed to get Floridians thinking about their rights and how they are protected.The pair was demonstrating their education techniques at the start of the Board of Governors retreat on August 27 in St. Pete Beach, which included many section leaders as well. The presentation was set up after President-elect Hank Coxe saw it during the Annual Meeting and discussed it with Bar President Alan Bookman, who decided to make it part of the retreat.The goal of the education effort, Pitts said, is summed up by two fairly well-known quotations. One, she said is by 1937-38 ABA President and New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Arthur T. Vanderbilt: “If [citizens] have respect for the work of their courts, their respect for law will survive the shortcomings of every other branch of government; but if they lose their respect for the work of the courts, their respect for law and order will vanish with it.. . . ”The second, she said, is from lawyer and educator Robert M. Hutchins: “The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.”The exercises typically used include getting people who disagree about an issue to listen to each other. As an example, Pitts and Lewis asked the assembled lawyers to answer this question: “I am willing to give up some of my rights in order to be safer.”They then gathered a handful of people on each side of that proposition, and asked those who agreed with that statement to give their reasons. Those on the other side, rather than immediately debate the issue, were asked to list the most persuasive reason given by the supporters.The opponents then gave reasons, and the supporters had to pick the most persuasive argument — and supporters and opponents were free to change sides at any time.“What we’re trying to get at is getting people to listen to one another on controversial issues,” Pitts said. Lewis added that facilitators shouldn’t give any indication of how they feel or be judgmental about anyone’s answers. “It’s important to make people comfortable.” he said.It’s good to use well-known quotations to summarize that both support either position and also show a middle ground, Pitts and Lewis said. For example, on the liberty versus safety issue they used three citations:• James Madison: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”• Benjamin Franklin: “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”• Theodore Roosevelt: “Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.”Another exercise is to break up the “class” into groups of five — small enough so everyone participates and large enough to have some diversity, Lewis said — and then give them a list of 10 basic rights that Americans have. Those range from freedom of speech, religion, and assembly, to the right to bear arms, and the right to counsel and a jury trial.Lewis then tells them that the country has been invaded and they’ll have to give up some rights. The task for each group is to select which five rights they want to retain.The class as a whole then compares results to see which rights have survived. Lewis then conducts a discussion to show how the rights chosen could be undermined by those left off the list.He noted that the lawyers chose freedom of speech, press, religion, the right to assemble, and the freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures as their five rights. (The right to counsel was selected by several, but didn’t make the top five.)That meant, Lewis said, that someone could exercise their right to free speech, but would be liable to arrest and a trial without counsel or a jury, and then could be subject to cruel and unusual punishment. “There are no right and wrong answers; it’s just what your thoughts are,” he said.Another instructional technique is to moderate discussions about rights and what they mean. Lewis noted that most people are unaware that the Florida Constitution grants them more rights than the Federal Constitution and its Bill of Rights.Reading the Fourth Amendment is part of that exercise. For example, Lewis noted the amendment refers that citizens are free from unreasonable searches in their “houses.” Does that mean, he asked, that apartment dwellers do not have that right, or people in hotel or motel rooms, or those in their cars?The goal is to stimulate discussion and thought, not teach any particular point of view. “We’re trying to teach children how to think, not what to think,” Pitts said. “Try to inject fun, show them the human side of the law, interact with people.”Another tool is to give the class a set of case facts, break them up into groups of five, and have them decide the case, Lewis said.Pitts noted that Lewis appears before three classes every month, usually with her help, to conduct such education seminars, and she encouraged lawyers to volunteer to become instructors in their communities.Those interested can contact FLREA at (850) 386-8223, (877) 826-8167, or at What legal rights would you give up?last_img read more

Obama Taps Loretta Lynch, Top Prosecutor on Long Island, to be Next AG

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island crimes prosecuted by Loretta Lynch, the region’s top federal prosecutor, are likely to get national attention now that President Barack Obama nominated her to be the next U.S. Attorney General.Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York—which prosecutes federal crimes in Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island—has overseen cases high-profile local cases that include those involving terrorists, gangsters, corrupt public officials, Wall Street scammers and human traffickers. Those prosecutions may be dissected during her upcoming U.S. Senate confirmation hearings.“Loretta might be the only lawyer in America who battles mobsters and drug lords and terrorists, and still has the reputation for being a charming ‘people person,’”  Obama joked while introducing her during a press conference Saturday in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. “It’s pretty hard to be more qualified for this job than Loretta.”Obama nominated the 55-year-old North Carolina native and Harvard Law School graduate to replace outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation in December, pending confirmation of his replacement.Notable cases she’s overseen in her 30 years as a prosecutor include 7-Eleven owners who exploited undocumented immigrants in what Lynch called a “modern day plantation system,” charging reputed mobsters allegedly involved in the infamous $6-million Lufthansa heist 35 years after the fact and al-Qaeda recruits from LI and beyond—those who plotted to blow up the Long Island Rail Road, subway and The Federal Reserve in New York City, one of Lynch’s prior employers.She also oversaw prosecutions of four sitting elected lawmakers—three fellow Democrats and one GOP member—including U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island) and ex-New York State Senate Majority Leader John Sampson (D-Queens), who were both re-elected last week despite their pending trials. That’s in addition to securing multi-billion-dollar settlements from banks accused of malfeasance and being part of the team that prosecuted an ex-NYPD detective who sodomized Haitian immigrant Abner Louima with a broomstick in ’97.If confirmed, Lynch would be the first black woman to be appointed the nation’s top law enforcement official. Holder was the first African American and Janet Reno was the first woman. And Lynch, a Democrat who once served as chief of the Eastern District’s Central Islip-based LI office, follows two Republican LI natives who previously held the post: John Newton Mitchell, who served as AG from 1969-72 and Peter Kesiler, who was briefly acting AG in ’07.The fact that Republicans won the majority of the U.S. Senate back from the Democrats in the recent midterm elections is not expected to impact her confirmation. She was twice unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate—once when President Bill Clinton first appointed her to her current post when the GOP was previously in the majority in ’99 and then when Obama re-appointed her to lead the Eastern District in ’10.“If I have the honor of being confirmed by the Senate, I will wake up every morning with the protection of the American people my first thought,” said Lynch, adding that she was thrilled and humbled to be nominated. “I will work every day to safeguard our citizens, our liberties, our rights and this great nation.”U.S. Sen Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman all issued statements congratulating Lynch and echoing the presiden’t call for Congress to confirm her.“Her experience here as a prosecutor and working on terrorism will serve her exceptionally well in Washington,” Gillibrand said.Schneiderman added: “U.S. Attorney Lynch has time and time again demonstrated her commitment to ensuring there is one set of rules for everyone and to defending the principle of equal justice for all.”last_img read more

Governor Wolf: Höganäs Expansion to Create New Jobs in Cambria County

first_imgGovernor Wolf: Höganäs Expansion to Create New Jobs in Cambria County June 26, 2019 Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that North American Höganäs High Alloys, LLC (Höganäs), a manufacturer of powdered metal products, will expand its operations in Cambria County, supporting the creation of 25 jobs in the area.“Pennsylvania’s powdered metals industry is a major contributor to our manufacturing sector,” Governor Wolf said. “Höganäs’ decision to expand here is great news for Pennsylvania manufacturing, and will provide at least 25 reliable, family-sustaining jobs for Cambria County workers.”To support the global demand for its high alloy products, Höganäs will expand its operations in Johnstown, Cambria County, adding new production capabilities to support additive manufacturing and other technologies. The project includes the construction of a 24,000-square-foot building, and the purchase of new machinery. The company has pledged to invest $10,590,000 into the project, which is expected to create 25 new, full-time jobs and retain 135 existing jobs over the next three years.“This exciting investment, with the greatly appreciated support from the Governor’s Action Team and JARI, will help Höganäs continue to grow in Pennsylvania and provide innovative products for our customers in several quickly developing market areas,” said Dean Howard, president of North American Höganäs.Höganäs received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $75,000 Pennsylvania First grant, a $19,600 workforce development grant to help the company train workers, up to $50,000 in job creation tax credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs, and up to $500,000 in Enterprise Zone tax credits for the company’s investment in a designated distressed area. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, with additional coordination provided through JARI.“JARI is pleased to provide support to North American Höganäs High Alloys as the company expands their operations in the City of Johnstown,” said Linda R. Thomson, president and CEO of JARI. “Höganäs is a world class, internationally recognized company with state-of-the-art products that is meeting the demands of the new manufacturing age. We appreciate the continuation of the proud Cambria County tradition of leading the way for innovation and we thank the Wolf Administration for their continuous support.”Founded in 1797, Höganäs is the world leader on the market for iron and metal powders with a yearly capacity of 500,000 tons. They develop solutions for automotive components, brazing, electrical motors, additive manufacturing and water treatment. Höganäs entered the North American market in 1950.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team, visit, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Denmark roundup: ATP cancels major benefits admin contract

first_imgFrank Jensen, the mayor of Copenhagen and chairman of Udbetaling Danmark, said: “We are now initiating arbitration and our demand will be for an amount in the high three-digit millions, which is the loss that local authorities and thus taxpayers ultimately may have to pay.” KMD’s legal director and lawyer Mark Skriver Nielsen said the firm was surprised by ATP’s action, but now expected to have the matter settled in court, which he said was sad for all parties including the municipalities.“We had hoped to find a common solution, but we are ready to accept arbitration,” he said.He defended KMD against some of ATP’s claims.Meanwhile, Danish labour market fund Industriens Pension reported a rise in investment returns last year, producing 8.2% overall after a 6.7% gain in 2015.High-yield bonds and infrastructure were the strongest-yielding asset classes during the year, Industriens said.High-yield corporate bonds generated a 14.8% return, outperforming the benchmark by 1.8 percentage points, while infrastructure made an 11.4% return, according the pension fund’s annual report.Foreign equities underperformed the benchmark by 1.5 percentage points, giving a 7.7% return. Danish equities generated 3.2%, which was in line with the comparison index.Solvency levels fell to 342% at the end of 2016 from after the transition last year to new Solvency II-based rules, from 479% for 2015 when calculated according to the new rules.The pension fund put the solvency fall down to an increase in capital demands and the fact that less of its so-called tax assets could now be included in the recognised capital base.Industriens Pension’s total assets grew to DKK157m at the end of December, from DKK149bn the year before. Denmark’s ATP has cancelled a huge IT contract between the public payments operation it runs and software supplier KMD, and is seeking more than DKK500m (€67.2m) in compensation.The pension fund said the board of Udbetaling Denmark (Payments Denmark) had decided to halt the deal for a new system to pay pensions and early retirement benefits to 1.3m people, because delivery was already at least 15 months late and KMD could not guarantee there would be no more delays.Udbetaling Danmark is a public authority responsible for collecting, paying, and controlling a number of public benefits, and is administered by the ATP Group.ATP also said KMD was not suppling Udbetaling Danmark with the standard pension system agreed in the contract.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Advance To SEI Finals

first_imgThe 8th Grade Batesville Lady Bulldogs revenged a 17 point earlier season lose to the Greendale Tigers last night with a 40-30 victory to advance to the championship game of the SEI Tourney.The Bulldogs played a great defensive game, and were the more aggressive team as any loose ball had two or three girls getting on the floor for it.  Offensively the Lady Bulldogs were lead by Emma Weiler with 24.  Other scorers for the Bulldogs were Makayla Granger with 9, Ava Hanson with 4 and Megan Meyer added 3.  The Lady Bulldogs now have a seasonal record of 12 wins and 3 loses.The Lady Tigers were lead in scoring by Lizzie Redar with 10 points.  Other scorers for the Lady Tigers were Ivy Hinkle and Elle McMullen each with 6, Molly Steuer added 4, and they got 2 points each from Nicole House and Holloway.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jack Smith.last_img read more

Betty Jean Elliott

first_imgBetty Jean Elliott, 88, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away Sunday September 22, 2019 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born November 11, 1930 in Perry County, KY, daughter of the late Garfield Honeycutt and Mary (Blair) Honeycutt.She was a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church.Betty loved to travel, especially cruising with her husband of 52 years, Richard. She was an avid reader, loved crafting and working in her flower garden. Spending time with her family was her greatest joy, and she will be greatly missed.Betty is survived by her children, Michael L. (Deborah) Elliott of Lawrenceburg, IN, Timothy W. (Cassandra) Elliott of Grayslake, IL, Constance M. Elliott (Theodore Spradlin) of Greendale, IN, Richard G. (Barbara) Elliott of Independence, KY; grandchildren, Tiffany (Robert) Bogli, Angela (Steve) Courter, Courtney (Andy) Maschino, Brandon Willhite, Charles Elliott, Chelsea (Nathan) Hartman, Matthew Elliott, and Andrew Elliott; 10 great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard L Elliott, and son, Robert Neal Elliott.Friends will be received Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, immediately following visitation at 2:00 pm with Pastor Debbie Beason officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Association, Mt. Tabor UMC or Dearborn County Home Health and Hospice. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

McGregor faces lay-off

first_img “We have two attacking full-backs in Andy Robertson and Ahmed Elmohamady – which is the norm these days – but maybe we have to find that resilience and organisation again to stop the goals going in. “Because realistically, we can’t expect to score three every week to win a game in the Premier League. “I always say the Premier League it’s difficult to score goals, we’ve scored goals in each of our last three games and not been able to win which is a big blow to us.” ”The specialist has said he needs to rest and stop diving on it,” said Bruce. ”If you’ve got a sore shoulder and you’re diving on it every day…we need to take him out and make sure he recovers. ”Hopefully in four to six weeks he’ll be back to normal. We’re just delighted he doesn’t need an operation. We first thought it might need one.” Bruce has no doubts about Harper’s credentials, with the 39-year-old having turned in a series of strong performances last season when McGregor suffered a damaged kidney and broken rib. But with the Tigers having shipped 11 goals in five outings since their 1-0 win over QPR in their Premier League curtain-raiser, it is hardly the time for unwanted disruption in the back-line. “Harper will give us that experience that we saw last year, he came into the fray and did fantastically for us,” said Bruce. “I wish he was a few years younger, I’m sure he does too, but he’s a very good goalkeeper. There’s no worries. None at all. “But when we do analyse the last few weeks we have to say maybe we are too open. The 32-year-old has been ruled out for at least a month after aggravating an existing shoulder injury that the club have been managing for a number of weeks. McGregor’s place will be taken by experienced deputy Steve Harper, starting against Crystal Palace on Saturday, while the Tigers boss also confirmed McGregor would not be linking up with Scotland ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifiers against Georgia and Poland. Press Association Hull’s hopes of a first clean sheet since the opening game of the season have been hit by the enforced absence of goalkeeper Allan McGregor.last_img read more

Allardyce: Players lost control

first_img The fracas occurred late in the first half following a tackle from Everton’s James McCarthy on Morgan Amalfitano, with a large number of West Ham players confronting the Republic of Ireland international. Both McCarthy and Winston Reid were booked by Clattenburg, which will mean the West Ham defender is suspended for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce accepts why the club were charged by the Football Association following a melee at Everton – but felt referee Mark Clattenburg could have helped defuse the situation. Press Association The FA’s disciplinary action stated “both clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion”, with a deadline of December 1 for a response to the charge. Allardyce said: “I can’t argue with it. We got so frustrated probably by the decision of the referee at the time. “We lost our control a little bit. I don’t condone what we did, but I can understand why the frustration crept in. “We have to try to control ourselves better in those situations because we could have easily lost a player to a red card in that congregation of players based on the feeling of frustration that they felt at the time. “Both sets of players were involved. We have to try to keep more control. “To be fair to my players they don’t often do that. Very rarely do they lose control, rarely have they done that sort of thing in my time here. “While I will remind them about it, I don’t think it will be a particular problem for us.” West Ham went on to lose the match 2-1, having fallen behind in the first half to a goal from Romelu Lukaku which looked offside. While Allardyce does not condone his players losing their cool, the Hammers boss believes had the referee clamped down on some late challenges, the heat would have quickly been taken out of the flashpoint. “I don’t think it helped. Particularly the first one, if he gives a free-kick and deals with the situation, we could have got on with it. Because he didn’t give a free-kick that spilled over into frustration,” he said. “When you see your team-mate is, to your mind, unfairly treated, then you want to stick up for each other. “Obviously, you don’t want to extend it to the levels that we saw on Saturday.” West Ham host in-form Newcastle, one of Allardyce’s former clubs, looking to get back to winning ways following what has been a fine start to the season before the international break. “We have let ourselves slip in terms of points gained over the past three games, where we should have accumulated far more,” said Allardyce, whose side are sixth. “It is all right saying that you have deserved more, but in this game you make sure you get more, come off the field having produced the performance and result that the performance deserved. “We didn’t do that against Aston Villa and Everton.” last_img read more

Syracuse unable to bounce back after early goal to No. 9 Robert Morris, loses 4-0

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 24, 2018 at 6:55 pm Contact Anthony: Robert Morris’ Anjelica Diffendal raced up the ice, fired a cross-ice pass to teammate Sarah Lecavalier, who then passed the puck to Emilie Harley. Harley ripped the puck toward the net.SU goalie Abbey Miller deflected the puck downward, but the puck bounced directly to Diffendal, who snuck the puck past Miller for a goal to put Robert Morris up 1-0.Less than three minutes into the game, Syracuse (12-20-2, 11-8-1 College Hockey America) was down a goal to No. 9 Robert Morris (20-7-4, 14-3-3) in what would eventually result in a 4-0 loss for SU. Once again, the Orange played from behind. SU was shut out for the 10th time this season, the third time in its last four games. What has been a reoccurring theme throughout the season continued Saturday as Syracuse struggled after its opponent scored first and early.“It’s always tough. We struggle playing from behind. We have to got to keep our heads up in those situations,” SU defender Lindsay Eastwood said, “We can’t get down after one goal.”Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said that playing from behind early in the game had a psychological effect on the Orange in tonight’s matchup. However, he believes SU exhibited a good amount of energy in the first period, something the Orange failed to show in its previous game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It (energy) seemed pretty good, the girls were ready to play, it was senior day, there’s all that energy,” Flanagan said, “But then we coughed up that first goal.”The first goal SU gave up in tonight’s game was hard for the team to shake off. Flanagan believes it’s important to forget about early goals and pick heads up. RMU followed its first goal by scoring three second-period goals. After the second goal by the Colonials’ Brittany Howard, it seemed the Orange’s energy was deflating.“I feel the second one was kind of a bad goal,” Flanagan said, “You could feel the bench sag.”After being down early in the game, the game snowballed for the Orange. Syracuse has had success scoring first. SU defender Megan Quinn acknowledges that Syracuse performs much better after getting on the board before its opponents.She believes that playing from behind, especially after giving up an early goal, has an effect on the team, even when it shouldn’t. It’s something the Orange must adjust before the start of the CHA tournament.“It sucks to get behind from the start, when we do get our first goal we are always stronger,” SU defender Kristen Siermachesky said, “It is always tougher playing from behind.”SU has had a tough time this season trying to reverse the momentum after an opposing teams scores first. Flanagan knows that once SU gets down early it becomes a psychological game, not something that has to do with tactics. SU must improve on answering opponent’s goals, he said, rather than allowing the games to unravel.“All of us have the heart, it’s just things weren’t clicking for us,” Siermachesky said. Commentslast_img read more