SANTA ANITA RACING OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED FOR UPCOMING 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET WHICH OPENS ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2019)–Led by its three-member Board of Stewards, Santa Anita Park has announced a full complement of racing officials for its upcoming 23-day Autumn Meet, which begins Friday, Sept. 27. The meeting will include a record 10th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 & 2.Returning from earlier this year are California Horse Racing Board-appointed stewards Grant Baker, Luis Jauregui and Kim Sawyer. Ron Church is also returning as Safety Steward and will rotate into the stewards’ stand on an as-needed basis throughout the meet, which concludes on Sunday, Nov. 3.Santa Anita’s Racing Office will again be headed by Vice President, Racing and Racing Secretary, Steve Lym, who is joined by Ami Atkinson, Santa Anita’s Executive Racing Assistant. Zachary Soto will serve as Assistant Racing Secretary and James Kasparoff as Stakes Coordinator.Kevin Colosi will return as Clerk of the Scales, with Charlie McCaul serving as Assistant Clerk of the Scales. Angel Lomeli is the Clerk of the Course; Bridget Crawford, Paymaster of Purses; Ed Reese, Paddock and Patrol Judge; Jay Slender, Starter; Jon White, Morning Line Maker; Dane Nelson, Timer; Jennifer Paige, Horse Identifier; Tamara La Croix, Assistant Horse Identifier and Victor Tovar, Horseshoe Inspector.Placing and Patrol Judges are Michael Burns, Karen Denovel, Robert Moreno and Randy Valdez.In keeping with its role as national leader in terms of equine veterinary protocols and best practices, Dr. Dionne Benson, in her role as Chief Veterinary Officer for The Stronach Group (TSG), will rely heavily upon Dr. Laurie Bohannon, who has assumed the newly created position of Santa Anita Senior Veterinarian.Dr. Dana Stead, DVM, returns as Track Veterinarian and Dr. Tim Grande, DVM, will again represent the California Horse Racing Board.First post time on opening day is at 1 p.m. For additional information regarding the 2019 Autumn Meet and the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 1 & 2, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
The landmark Paris Agreement on climate change came under tough scrutiny yesterday from members of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, with a spirited defense of the deal by Dr. Andrew Steer, WRI President and CEO.Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican, said the Paris Agreement “will increase electricity costs, ration energy and slow economic growth.” Speaking at a hearing titled, “Paris Climate Promise: A Bad Deal for America,” Smith said the global deal would hurt the U.S. economy and have no significant impact on temperatures.Three witnesses called by the Republican majority echoed Smith’s concerns about economic impacts, climate science and the constitutionality of U.S. compliance with the Paris Agreement. Steer, called to testify by the Democratic minority, made a compelling case for the necessity of the Paris Agreement, saying that it will improve the U.S. economy while heading off the worst effects of a changing climate.“Transitioning to a clean energy economy will create hundreds of thousands of more jobs, increase GDP and save families money on energy bills,” Steer said. “But if unchecked, the negative economic impact of climate change will profoundly undermine the U.S. economy.”Steer responded with data to specific criticisms of the Paris Agreement, noting that:The Paris Agreement Will Limit Global Temperature RiseWRI analysis of more than a dozen studies shows that national climate pledges submitted as part of the Paris Agreement will limit global temperature rise to 2.7-3.7 degrees C, far lower than the business-as-usual increase of 4-5 degrees C. While this is still higher than the 2 degrees C limit needed to prevent some of the worst impacts of climate change, “fortunately, the Agreement sets up the right conditions for future improvement,” Steer said.The Paris Agreement Is Good for the EconomySteer cited evidence from the New Climate Economy report and other research showing that climate action is not only compatible with economic growth, it’s necessary. Last year alone, the U.S. solar industry added workers at a rate nearly 10 times faster than the overall economy.Representative Ami Bera, a California Democrat, agreed with that assessment. “It’s smart business, it’s smart investment and it protects our planet for the next generation,” he said. “It’s the right thing to do.”The Private Sector Widely Supports the Paris AgreementMore and more companies and investors are also realizing the economic benefits of a low-carbon pathway, supporting climate action inside and outside of the Paris Agreement. As Steer noted, in the past two years alone:114 companies committed to set emissions-reduction targets in line with what the science says is necessary to limit warming to 2 degrees C;63 companies pledged to transition to 100 percent renewable power;America’s six largest banks issued a statement in support of a global climate agreement;365 companies applauded EPA’s emissions standards for U.S. power plants; andMore than 1,000 companies are already pricing carbon internally or plan to in the next couple years.Other Countries Are Already ActingWhile one majority witness said the impact of the Agreement was uncertain because various countries might not live up to their climate commitments, Steer said the world’s major emitters are already shifting toward a low-carbon economy.India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed to increase the country’s installed solar capacity by 30 times, to 100 gigawatts by 2022. “Most people still perceive China to be opening up hundreds of coal plants,” Steer said. “In 2014, China shrank its consumption of coal, and in the first 10 months of 2015, coal consumption in China fell by 5 percent. China invested $120 billion in renewable energy last year.”“Delay Is Not an Option”That any Congressional briefing would refer to a climate agreement as a “bad deal” is disheartening. But some elected officials feel that climate skeptics are becoming an increasingly small minority—both inside and outside Washington.“The reality is that the audience for those views is shrinking as the reality of climate change becomes evident,” said Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Texas Democrat. “The rest of us acknowledge the task ahead, and recognize that delay is not an option.”LEARN MORE: Read Andrew Steer’s full testimony.