Texas Blackouts: Why We Need Diverse Energy Supply

The recent historic winter storm that plagued Texas has reinvigorated a discussion around the need for diversification of energy sources as well as ensuring reliability to the power grid. While the debate continues about how to prevent massive widespread blackouts from occurring again in the future, here is what experts have agreed upon:

  • Access to reliable, affordable energy is essential to diverse communities and their quality of life across the country.
  • The widespread blackout events in Texas and this past summer in California showcase the need for a diverse energy supply and better planning to support U.S. power grids during

Industry remains committed to advancing workforce development and diversity

Two of Louisiana’s historically black colleges have recently joined forces with the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association (LMOGA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) to launch a new educational partnership in support of workforce development and diversity.

Both LMOGA and API’s Minority Serving Institution (MSI) are now working with Louisiana-based Southern and Grambling State Universities in their ongoing effort to increase access to the oil and gas industry’s best-in-class standards and better prepare the incoming industry workforce. The partnership with these two historical universities is just one example of industry making strides to diversify and lead the pack in preparing the future … Read More >>

Discovery Education Hosting Event to Celebrate Black Leaders in STEM

By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent, @StacyBrownMedia

The Discovery Education STEM Careers Coalition is celebrating Black History Month by offering resources that shine a spotlight on today’s African American leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The Coalition, a dynamic collaboration of diverse partners, will host a Black Leaders in STEM Professional Development event at 6 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb. 16.


Chevron, Boeing, the American Petroleum Institute (API), Microsoft, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will display how they are using their STEM skills to make a difference and … Read More >>

STEM, fundamental studies for the professional future of young Latin Americans

By Ricardo Sánchez Silva, @RicardoLoDice, NAHP Media Correspondent

The future of students, children of Hispanic parents, can often be uncertain if they do not have due orientation about possible study options, and mainly financial support.  In such regard, Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) offers a new series of specific K-12 educational programs, which promote university studies, awareness, and access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), among traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Latin communities are within these sectors. Motivation and exposure of young people to role models, such as engineers and scientists, is of the utmost importance, as well … Read More >>

Implications of Biden Admin, Federal Leasing Ban on Energy and At-Risk Communities

While President Biden’s Administration is making diversity and equity a priority, and have signed several executive orders to address disparities, some of their recent announcements on energy policies could have adverse effects on underserved communities.

Yesterday, National Public Radio and others have reported that  President Biden ordered the Department of Interior to suspend new oil and natural gas leases on federal lands and in offshore waters, effectively stopping ‘federal leasing.’

This is a big deal for local communities that rely on affordable and reliable energy, as access to energy produced on federal lands and waters is critical to strengthening America’s … Read More >>


The American Petroleum Institute (API) hosted Tuesday its annual State of American Energy address. It outlined actions the natural gas and oil industry is taking to support the nation’s economic recovery and a vision for an affordable, reliable, and cleaner energy future.

According to a press release, API President and CEO Mike Sommers headlined the event that drew more than 2,000 virtual attendees and featured young professionals and local energy leaders, including a New Mexico teacher and Pennsylvania-based union trade leader.

“President Biden will lead our nation at a time of abundant American energy development, strengthened security, lower household energy … Read More >>

API Outlines Affordable and Accessible Energy in State of American Energy Report

By Stacy M. Brown

NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent


American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Mike Sommers said there’s growing confidence that America’s future will be brighter and cleaner because of today’s natural gas and oil abundance and an adapting, evolving industry. 

“Today, I’m going to outline a path, a vision, for an affordable, secure, reliable cleaner energy future one marked by a shared commitment across many industries to innovation, action, and problem-solving,” Sommers avowed.

The remarks kicked off API’s annual State of American Energy address. Sommers outlined actions the natural gas and oil industry is taking to … Read More >>

A Georgia HBCU Remains Committed to Providing a Pipeline of STEM Degree Students

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent


Located deep in the heart of Georgia, about 90 miles south of Atlanta, stands Fort Valley State University, one of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Nowhere is the university’s motto, “Empower the Possible,” underscored better than its Cooperative Development Energy Program (CDEP).

Launched 34 years ago by Dr. Isaac J. Crumbly, CDEP offers minorities and women the opportunity to pursue dual degrees in STEM disciplines. Fort Valley State University (FVSU) students join the dual-degree program for three years; then transfer to a partner institution to study engineering, … Read More >>

Welcome to Community Energy Center

The energy sector is essential to daily life, not just turning up the heat on a cold night or filling up the car on the way to work, but more broadly in fueling the economy and creating jobs and keeping the U.S. competitive and independent.

Community Energy Center is a clearinghouse for information and a forum for ideas, commentaries and analyses from a diverse chorus of voices about the intersection of this critical part of the economy and America’s communities of color. While America has abundant natural gas and oil resources and the expertise to deliver it to consumers, many … Read More >>

CBCF, API Welcome New Fellow Cody West

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia

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Cody West is headed from Texas to Washington, D.C. – from Law School to Capitol Hill.

West, a graduate of Texas State University and the University of Houston, earned a two-year fellowship from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and American Petroleum Institute (API) as an Energy Policy Fellow.

The intensive program equips early-career policy professionals committed to contributing to public policy with the necessary skills to become the next generation of leaders in public service.

West now embarks on an intensive 20-months policy training and leadership development program, … Read More >>