Tuesday, November 28, 2006

New Endangered Species Act Needed for Black Men?

Sometimes it appears that black men are threatened from all angles. From white racism to black-on-black crime, black males appear to be endangered. The recent execution of another unarmed black man in New York with 50 unanswered shots is the latest example of the threat. Two of the five men firing 50 shots at the car in New York were white. The Latino officer that started the shooting thought someone was reaching for a gun. Michael Richards shooting off his mouth with murderous epithets represented an old time response to 'uppity blacks.'

So maybe the 110th Congress controlled by the party that is 'supposed' to be more sympathetic to the concerns of black people should consider passing an Endangered Black Males Act. Of course, then white males might complain that they are outnumbered in the world and thus more threatened than historically abused black men. Who knows how an EBM Act could protect black men from hate anyway? We just know that a world without black men would be a miserable world.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Global Warming

The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments for Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, which seeks to force EPA to regulate greenhouse gases. EPA does not believes the Clean Air Act covers carbon dioxide as an emission that can be regulated. There are also complex legal questions as to who has standing regarding injury.

The Clean Air Act states that the EPA Administrator "shall by regulation prescribe...standards applicable to the emission of any air pollution from any class or classes ofnew motor vehicles or new motor vehicle engines, which in his judgment cause, or contribute to, air pollution, which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare."

The New York Times reporter writing about this issue is actually named Linda Greenhouse. Go figure.


(Wash Post)

Successful Malibu Pier Pro LNG Facility Press Conference

The AAEA press conference in Malibu received significant media coverage in Los Angeles. The press conference was held on the pier patio on a beautiful day. The television coverage included background footage of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers and storage facilities, diagrams of LNG facilities and file footage of the celebrity protest three weeks earlier.

Pictured at left is AAEA president Norris McDonald and two residents from Los Angeles. Los Angeles Fox 11 (Ken Moore), Los Angeles UPN 13 and Los Angeles NBC 4 (Conan Patrick Nolan) reporters and photographers are pictured above right.


Press Conference at the Malibu Pier

Saturday, November 18, 2006

AAEA Press Conference - Yes on Malibu LNG Facility


The Cabrillo Port Liquefied Natural Gas facility is being proposed by BHP Billiton, which wants to locate the terminal 15 miles off the coast of Malibu. Opponents are trying to kill the project by complaining that the terminal fails to meet federal clean air requirements. Pierce Brosnan, Barbra Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Martin Sheen, Tom Hanks, Sting and Charlize Theron and other celebrities are protesting plans to build the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility. The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing a draft air pollution permit for BHP but is still reviewing public comments and will make a decision in 2007. The Malibu City Council passed a resolution opposing the project.

AAEA supports this project. Where are these celebrities when these projects are being proposed for minority neighborhoods. Nowhere to be found. It is a good project for the residents of California. We support a similar that is proposed to be located in the middle of Long Island Sound (Broadwater). We believe this project would provide a reliable source of low-polluting natural gas. Next the celebrities will be complaining that the project represents a disproportionate impact on rich, famous people and will be calling for environmental justice.BHP Billiton, an Australia-based company, has submitted an license application to construct a $800-million floating deep-water liquefied natural gas port terminal off the Ventura County coast. Public hearings by the Coast Guard and the California State Lands Commission will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to participate in the environmental review process, which will take into account economic, environmental, marine habitat and public safety issues.

The Cabrillo Deepwater Port, which would act as a receiving point for shipments of California-bound natural gas, would be the first such floating terminal on the West Coast. Stored liquefied natural gas would be converted to vapor through a heat exchange system and transported by an undersea pipeline to existing onshore natural gas facilities. BHP has stated that the terminal would also be placed outside shipping lanes. Once the environmental review process is completed, the Coast Guard will issue a recommendation on the review to the state Department of Transportation, which will ultimately decide whether to issue an operating license to BHP.

Fight in Senate Environment & Public Works Committee

Senator John Warner (R-VA), left, decided to start a fight with former EP&W Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK), right, over who will be the top Republican on the committee. Senator Warner declared his seniority for EP&W because he lost his chairmanship of the Armed Services Committee. Warner is the senior member of the Environment & Public Works Committee, but Inhofe is the immediate past chairman. GOP senators will make the decision on the ranking minority member of the EP& W Committee for the 110th Congress by Jan 3.

Warner probably wants to give the GOP a more user-friendly face on global warming. Senator Inhofe is very aggressive in promoting his view that climate warming is not a problem but simply a normal cycle in atmospheric conditions. Senator Barbara Boxer, the new EP&W Chairwoman, will loudly promote a proactive climate change agenda all the way up to the 2008 presidential elections. The voting public is seriously concerned about global warming as long as they do not have to make any personal sacrifices to prevent it. Voting is much easier than giving up that SUV for a Prius.

Friday, November 17, 2006

India Nuclear Power Deal Approved by U.S. Senate

On a vote of 82 to12 (Nov 16) the U.S. Senate approved a deal that will provide them with U.S. nuclear power technology without India being a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), which bars such deals.

Harvard Just Improved its Environment

Harvard University has announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition and will not require student loans. If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition.

In addition, Harvard announced reduced fees for students from families with incomesbetween $60,000 and $80,000. To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year visit Harvard's financial aid website.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Joe Lieberman: The Fox of the U.S. Senate

We like Senator Joe Lieberman because he helped in passing the "1st Civil Rights Legislation of the 21st Century - the NO FEAR Act," defends Israel, is reasonable about war, is good on global climate change, supports nuclear power and was a good VP nominee.

Now what about pulling off a victory after losing his primary and being deserted by his party? Being deserted by his party comrades did not distract the Senate Fox. Now an Independent, he still threw his support behind those that deserted him to help the Democrats take control of the U.S. Senate. Connecticut might be in a precarious position in meeting its electricity needs, but they produced real power by reelecting Desert Fox Joe Lieberman. Go get'em Joe.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A Monkey Won the U.S. Senate for the Democrats

AAEA is delighted that racism lost in the Virginia senate race. Former Senator George Allen, right, was finally penalized for his sneaky brand of racism and we are glad he is out of the U.S. Senate and off the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Modern sneaky racism is still toxic. George's pollution was finally caught on camera.

He knew S.R. Sidarth, left, and knew his name but called him "macaca or whatever his name is." Allen then tried to lie his way out of his videotaped racism. The lame "I had no idea" excuse is old with victims of racism. Fortunately, the U.S. Senate has one less (sneaky) bigot.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

African American President & CEO of Hitachi Canada

Howard Lincoln Shearer, right, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi Canada Ltd (HCL). He joined Hitachi in October, 1984. He is also a member of HCL's Board of Directors, a position to which he was appointed in 1999. Prior to this, he served as Vice-President & General Manager of HCL's Semiconductor division.

Prior to joining Hitachi, Mr. Shearer was employed in the high-tech industry by Texas Instruments. Mr. Shearer holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario and is a member of the Energy Council of Canada and the Canadian Nuclear Association.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Oprah Winfrey & the Martin Luther King, Jr. Dedication

Oprah Winfrey, left, with AAEA President Norris McDonald, surprised attendees by walking through the crowd at the Ceremonial Groundbreaking for the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial. She walked right up to our president and shared a moment (even though the crowd almost ruined the photo). The people rushed Oprah and she indulged them. Oprah shared herself with the people and they loved it.

The memorial will be located between the Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt memorials on the National Mall near the Potomac River facing the Tidal Basin. President Bush, former President Bill Clinton, The King Progeny, Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Walter Fauntroy, and many other dignitaries particupated in the event.

SOS To Oprah: If you ever see this, would you please take a better picture with Norris McDonald. Thanks. That shot is pretty desperate.

Asthma, Puerto Rico and Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer

The New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Caucus held its 2006 Winter Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel, Resort & Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico from November 9-14. AAEA President Norris McDonald was a speaker on the panel entitled, "A Public Health Crisis in the Hispanic Community in New York and Puerto Rico." McDonald is pictured at left with the New York governor-elect at the 'Evening Reception: An Evening with Eliot Spitzer.

The asthma panel included an examination of the status of asthma in Hispanic communities across NY and Puerto Rico. The discussion included the physical and psychological impact of asthma and practical solutions that government and health care must address. Panelists also included Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY 7th), Sharon Carpenillo, Commissioner of NYS Office of Mental Health, among others and Mark J. Weinstein was the workshop coordinator. McDonald suggested that Puerto Rico could become the Japan of plug-in, fuel cell hybrid electric vehicles. Combined with nuclear power, the U.S. and Puerto Rico could go far in cleaning the air.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Political Environment in America's Richest Black County

Michael Steele received 23% of the vote in Prince George's County in the general election and Kweisi Mfume received 71% of the vote in the primary against Senator-elect Benjamin Cardin. The percentages were similar for Baltimore City. Cardin beat Steele statewide by a margin of 55 to 44 percent.

Even though Blacks expressed more frutration with being neglected by the Democratic Party, they refused to translate that frustration into votes for a Black running as a Republican. Former County Executive Wayne Curry and all five of the Black members of the current county council endorsed Michael Steele.

Black voters in the richest majority black county in the country voted party over race. Another of the nation's richest counties, Montgomery County, elected a black man, Ike Leggett, as its county executive. Massachusetts also elected a black governor, Deval Patrick. Although race still matters in the U.S., it does not seem to matter as much as it used to. Imagine that.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Democrats Take Congress: CBC Heads Major Committees

Congressional Black Caucus members John Conyers (D-Mich) will be chair of the Judiciary Committee, Charles Rangel (D-NY) will chair the Wsys & Means Committee, Bennie Thompson (D-Miss) will chair the Homeland Security Committee, Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-Calif) will chair the House Administration Committee and Alcee Hastins (D-Fl) will chair the House Intelligence Committee.

Senator Barack Obama is on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, where Barbara Boxer (D-CA) will replace James Inhofe (R-OK) as chairman. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) will chair Senate Energy & Natural Resources. John Dingell (D-Mich) will chair the House Energy & Commerce Committee and Nick Rahall (DWV) will chair the House Resources Committee.

The CBC lost the Harold Ford (D-TN) seat. New CBC members include: Hank Johnson (D-GA), Keith Ellison (D-MN), and Yvette Clark (D-NY). Johnson replaced Cynthia McKinney and Clark replaced Major Owens. With the loss of Ford and the gain of Clark, the total number of CBC members remains the same at 41. Keith Ellion is the nation's first Muslim member of Congress. (The Afro American Newspapers)

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Intercounty Connector Lawsuit By Greens Counterproductive

Hope Babcock surely believes she is right about the Intercounty Connector causing more air pollution, but she is wrong. The pending lawsuit by her Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown University Law Center represents an example of what is wrong with the 21st Century environmental movement. Although we do not expect much out of the Sierra Club in these matters, we are disappointed that Environmental Defense, one of the more sensible environmental groups., is party to this anachronistic litigation. The Intercounty Connector, along with the Woodrow Wilson Bridge replacement and the improvements at the Mixing Bowl will improve environmental conditions in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

The greens are using the Clean Air Act nonattainment status of the Washington Metropolitan Area as the excuse for the litigation. Although the Clean Air Act does call for banning new highway construction for nonattainment areas, the provision is rarely enforced by EPA or Congress. Moreover, highways do not cause air pollution, cars cause air pollution. This flawed 'stick' in the law should be modified or eliminated because it does not work. Nuclear power plants combined with fuel cell plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are real technological solutions to the air pollution and global warming problems. Litigating a dead horse will not help in winning any horse races. The environmental movement should move into the 21st Century.

Bill Gates Enters Energy Industry: Electricity & Ethanol

He revolutionized computers, left the revolution to pursue philanthropy, and is now entering the energy business. Cascade Investments LLC is Gates' investment vehicle and it has purchased PNM Resources Inc, a New Mexico utility. PNM and Cascade have formed a new company called EnergyCo Ltd to market electricity from unregulated power plants (called merchant generators). PNM is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Gates' Cascade invested almost $ 84 in Pacific Ethanol Inc earlier in 2006. (Wash Post)

Monday, November 06, 2006

Annual U.N. Climate Change Conference in Nairobi, Kenya

Approximately 5,000 delegates representing 189 countries are meeting in Nairobi, Kenya at the annual U.N. Climate Conference for the next two weeks to preview the latest scientific findings on a warming world. The 1997 Kyoto Protocol, an annex to the 1992 U.N. climate-change treaty, requires 35 industrialized countries to reduce those emissions by 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. The conference will continue talks on what kind of emissions targets and timetables should follow 2012.

Signs of global warming are the dramatic ice meltings in the Arctic and Greenland's ice mass. Japan, Spain and other Kyoto signatories have registered emissions increases since 1990. A recent British government study predicts the damage from unabated climate change will eventually cost between 5 percent and 20 percent of global gross domestic product each year. A U.N. Environment Program report issued at the conference concluded that Africa' vulnerability to climate change was "even more acute" than prviously estimated.

Friday, November 03, 2006

AAEA Parent Opens Carbon Mercantile Exchange

The Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy (the Center) has opened an emissions trading service with carbon dioxide as the main commodity. The Carbon Mercantile Exchange (CMX) is a service that allows clients to trade carbon dioxide, methane, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and mercury. Customers can reduce their "emission footprint," the total emissions created by driving, flying, usnig electricity and other activities. CMX is easy to use and fully transparent. All transactions are open for public review. The CMX is a free on-line emissions offset clearinghouse service.

CMX can be used to complement other emissions offset programs. Our mission is to promote verifiable reductions in greenhouse and smog-forming gases. The service is open to everyone. It is a market-based system that will rely on the goodwill of the participants to conduct honest trades. The service is a dynamic portal that will serve as a gateway for innovative emissions reductions. CMX is one part of a global effort to reduce global climate change and smog in our cities.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Green Magazine: Green Golf Never Looked So Good

The Green Magazine, a golfing publication by Vision Media and Communications, LLC, has a goal of capturing a growing yet untapped market of affluent multicultural subscribers consisting primarily of African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Asian-Americans. The cover stories focus on the lifestyles of accomplished personalities, well-known entertainers, sports celebrities, or leading business figures who share the readers' passion for golf. Sections include travel, business, finance, dining, and equipment highlights.

The Green Magazine represents the good life well lived by people of every color. They represent the move beyond the typical multicultural paradigm by uncompromisingly developing content and imagery that is reflective of the African-American, Hispanic and Asian markets. The editorial content unapologetically affirms the burgeoning presence of the affluent multicultural market and anticipates its growth. Their language sounds great. Bottom line: this is one of the most polished and graphically appealing magazines we have ever seen anywhere by anyone.