Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Reform Florida’s outdated energy policies

by: Darren Dixon

One thing all Floridians can agree on is the importance of air conditioning in keeping our homes and our businesses comfortable, safe and secure. We rely on it, and it’s reflected in our power bills: Floridians pay some of the highest electricity bills in the nation. Yet it doesn’t have to be that way.

There’s a straightforward and affordable way to lower energy bills that’s actually quite simple: energy efficiency. I have been an energy efficiency professional in Sarasota for more than 20 years, and I know that using energy smarter is the quickest, cleanest and most cost-effective way to meet our … Read More >>

Business Wire: NRG Energy Announces Initial $10 Million in Relief for Texas Communities

NRG Energy, Inc. announced an initial $10 million commitment to provide relief for Texans impacted by the unprecedented effects of Winter Storm Uri. The company will provide $10 million in relief resources comprised of $3 million in cash donations and $7 million covering in-kind relief efforts and customer assistance. The funding aims to address three key areas: the immediate needs of the community, including food, water, and temporary or damaged housing; providing financial relief for customers through this difficult time; and aiding affected employees.

“Texas is our home, and we are deeply saddened by the unprecedented hardship that our community … Read More >>

Afro News: If Black History is American History, treat it as such

By U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume

In 1926, Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson launched “Negro History Week.” Celebrated during the second week of February, it was designed to promote the study of African American contributions to the United States.

Fifty years later, in 1976, President Gerald Ford helped establish what we now know as Black History Month in America. In his statement to the nation, President Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Now, forty-five years later, it’s time we rethink the way we recognize … Read More >>

The Washington Informer: Winter Storm Devastating Texas Arrives in D.C., Northeast

By: Stacy M. Brown

Residents of D.C., Virginia and Maryland all awakened Thursday to winter storm warnings that threaten to carry through the weekend.

Sleet, snow and rain will accumulate through the weekend as the Northeast braces for the storm that arrives as Texas and other states endure rolling blackouts, sub-freezing temperatures and states of emergencies.

The National Weather Service reported that cold air would dominate the weekend in D.C. and its surrounding areas as some holdout hope that temperatures will climb to at least the freezing mark.

One report noted that “the tricky part of the storm will be … Read More >>

BlackPressUSA: Dr. Ralph Bunche: A Hero of U.S. Diplomacy

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent

Dr. Ralph J. Bunche earned the moniker “a hero of U.S. Diplomacy,” in part for efforts that led to his becoming the first African American to win the Noble Peace Prize.

The scientist and diplomat earned the award for his role as United Nations Mediator in the 1949 peace settlement between Palestinians, Arabs, and Jews.

“The objective of any who sincerely believe in peace clearly must be to exhaust every honorable recourse in the effort to save the peace,” Dr. Bunche said after winning the prestigious honor on Dec. 10, … Read More >>

BlackPressUSA: Congresswoman Beatty Introduces Black History Month Resolutions

WASHINGTON, DC — To kickoff Black History Month, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Chair of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus, introduced three related pieces of legislation. Collectively, the resolutions formally recognize the important contributions, struggles and sacrifices of Black veterans and servicemembers throughout American history.

“We owe Black veterans and soldiers, past and present, a huge debt of gratitude,” Beatty said. “All of us know that there are countless heroes and sheroes who sacrificed everything to make our Union more perfect for everyone.” She added, “In that spirit, I call on my colleagues, Democrats and Republicans alike, to come together … Read More >>

Mission Critical Facility Renewal Program

U.S. public buildings – hospitals, universities, schools, public venues, airports and others – are critical infrastructure that enable federal, state, and local governments to fulfill their missions. In the event of a public health crisis or natural disaster, public buildings deliver life-saving services and capacity for temporary healthcare, emergency shelter, command and control, and other community relief operations. But as we have seen in the COVID-19 crisis, many of these facilities are in dire need of improvements to meet modern demands.

In response to the crisis and to stimulate the economic recovery, we propose that Congress appropriate $22 billion over … Read More >>

Casper Star Tribune: Don’t turn out the lights on Wyoming’s energy workers

For decades, Wyoming workers and the rest of our country enjoyed a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Oil workers and coal miners provided the nation with a steady supply of energy. In return, those workers could count on well-paying, blue-collar jobs that offered an opportunity to buy a home, support a family and send kids to college.

That arrangement started to fray over the past decade, thanks in part to structural changes in how the U.S. powers itself. Demand for fossil fuels has been tempered by climate change, new technology and competition from renewables. More recently, we’ve suffered through the decline of … Read More >>

Albuquerque Journal: Energy 911

Listening to the governor’s State of the State speech Tuesday, it might have escaped many viewers that she is the chief executive of the third-largest oil-producing state in the nation. And that the Biden administration a week earlier had announced a 60-day pause on new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits on federal lands, sending shockwaves through the industry that funds a third of the state’s $7 billion-plus budget.

It bears noting that in New Mexico, about half of oil production occurs on federal land.

The governor mentioned oil and gas only once in the annual speech, and unfortunately … Read More >>

E&E News: Paula Glover uses her energy post to promote racial justice

Years ago, as a recent college graduate interested in fashion advertising, Paula Glover had two job offers on the table: One was in the payroll department at the fashion company Escada; the other was a temp job at a gas company.

Glover, now 53, took the gig at the gas company, since it paid about $2,000 more per year. It turned out to be the first of many positions in the energy business.

Since having “fallen into” the energy industry, she has worked for electricity and gas providers, led a nonprofit supporting Black Americans in the energy sector and served … Read More >>