New York Post: What would the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. think of America today?

by the New York Post Editorial Board

Were Martin Luther King alive in 2022 to celebrate his 93rd birthday, what would he have to say about his nation’s contentious racial landscape?

America is a far different place from the country that saw King felled by an assassin’s bullet in 1968 at the young age of 39.

The United States has seen an African-American serve two terms as president — something King likely thought even his children would never see.

Blacks routinely serve at the top levels of the Cabinet, on the Supreme Court, in the Senate as well as the … Read More >>

Washington Informer: State of American Energy Remains Strong Despite Federal Government Barriers

by Stacy Brown

According to the American Petroleum Institute, abundant domestic energy has helped reduce energy costs for American households over the past decade.

On Wednesday, API presented the State of American Energy Report.

The national trade association, which represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry, noted that in recent months, global energy demand had outstripped supply as pandemic quarantines ease.

The organization also cited a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which noted that U.S. household expenditures for energy decreased 25 percent between 2008 and 2020, while spending for food, education, and healthcare … Read More >>

Post-Standard: Leaders start with values, create a mission, then add empathy, integrity, transparency

by Stan Linhorst

SaLisa Berrien is founder and CEO of COI Energy. Her Binghamton-based company uses digital tools to detect and eliminate energy waste in buildings.

She started the company in 2016 in Tampa, Florida, and still maintains a branch office there. In 2020, Berrien moved COI Energy to Binghamton and also opened an office in Brooklyn. In 2020, COI Energy was a finalist and won a $500,000 investment in the 76 West competition, which helps to build clean energy businesses and jobs in the Southern Tier. In November, Berrien won a $200,000 investment in the ClimateTech business acceleratorRead More >>

Black Star News: STEM educator: Too many ‘Lost Einsteins’ in Black America

by Dr. Calvin Mackie

NEW ORLEANS –The following statement was made by STEM NOLA founder (above in white shirt)  Dr. Calvin Mackie:

“I applaud the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) for recognizing that a devastating lack of educational investments and resources in communities of color is contributing significantly to the creation of a wave of “Lost Einsteins.”

“Too many gifted and high achieving Black & Brown students throughout the country are not nurtured and therefore their talents and potential contributions to our nation’s competitiveness are being wasted.

“Citing a study published in The Quarterly Journal of … Read More >>

The Hill: Marginalized communities shoulder the heaviest energy burdens. Cities can lead the way to energy equity

by Stefen Samarripas

When energy prices spiked this fall, some families were hit much harder than others. Fully one quarter of American households struggle with high energy burdens, spending more than 6 percent of their income on electricity and heat. For more than 1 in 10, that burden is severe, with energy costs consuming more than a tenth of their household budget. Gasoline costs also take a toll: American households put about 7 percent of their income into their gas tanks, on average. For low-income households, that number rises to 14 percent

For all energy costs – heat, electricity, … Read More >>

Energy News Network: How tree planting can seed climate resilience in communities of color

by Audrey Henderson

Planting trees in urban areas is a relatively cheap and effective way to mitigate the impacts of climate change and help save energy. In Chicago, city officials are planning to plant 75,000 new trees as part of a $188 million climate package passed last month.

But while the concept is straightforward, implementation can be complicated.

Many of the trees will be located in neighborhoods populated by people of color — neighborhoods that because of racist policies and practices have typically suffered from disinvestment of all types, including in green spaces and park services, and which have … Read More >>

Washington Times: EPA’s ‘environmental justice’ plan fails to address Black community needs

by Derrick Hollie

Fundamentally flawed. That’s the only way to describe the Environmental Protection Agency’s new strategic plan.

Administrator Michael S. Regan wants to put the EPA “at the center” of the Biden Administration’s equity agenda by pushing “environmental justice” policies likely to cause more harm than good. Instead of purportedly protecting minorities from a disproportionate share of eco-hazards, environmental justice puts unaccountable elites and their bureaucratic minions in the position of regulating the dispossessed to the degree they become wards of the state – further disenfranchising them.

The EPA is proposing adding the pursuit of justice and equity as a … Read More >>

Real Clear Energy: Regressive Energy Taxes Hit Poor and Lower-Income Families, Creates More Inflation

by Derrick Hollie

It’s hard to believe that the U.S. economy doesn’t have enough money, when the simplest definition of inflation – now at a 30-year high – is too much money chasing too few goods.

President Biden has convinced himself that the way to increase the number of goods is to inject even more money into the economy. But if we could spend our way out of our inflationary problem, we would not be in one to begin with.

According to budget expert Brian Riedl, over the past two years Washington has added $6 trillion in new deficit spending to combat … Read More >>

WBOY: What is the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

by Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press

When President Joe Biden ordered the release of 50 million barrels of oil from America’s strategic reserve to help reduce energy costs, he was taking aim at a growing burden for millions of Americans embarking on Thanksgiving travel.

The step announced Tuesday, done in a rare coordination with several other nations, is among the few things a presidential administration can do to try to lessen the squeeze — and the political threat — of rising inflation. The likelihood of providing meaningful relief in the near future, however, is probably low. Still, any help in easing … Read More >>

Washington Informer: In Seeking Remedies to Oil and Gas Prices, API Experts Connect the Past, Present and Future

by Stacy M. Brown

Democrats in Congress reportedly have urged President Joe Biden to combat high gas prices by not releasing barrels from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Reportedly, the delegation of lawmakers also wants the president to ban oil exports altogether.

“We must use all tools at our disposal to bring down gasoline prices in the short term,” the Democrats wrote in a letter to Biden.

Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Katie Porter (D-Calif.) and Darren Soto (D-Fla.) signed the letter.

Several Senate Democrats also sent a letter to the president. 

Oil prices currently stand at about $74 per barrel, … Read More >>