Tuesday, July 31, 2007
On July 20 Constellation and Electricite de France (EdF) announced their intent to form a joint venture. Upon successful completion of the deal, EdF will make an initial investment of $350 million and will invest up to $275 million later to develop nuclear plants in the U.S. and Canada. EdF is the largest electricity producer in Europe. It has operated 58 nuclear plants for more than 20 years. AAEA supports this project. The Wahington Post got some of its information wrong. We talked to Constellation so get your facts here. (Wash Post)
Unlike other utilities that have submitted Early Site Permit and Combined Operating License (COL) applications that allow utilities to get permission to build without actually making the decision to build, the Constellation application is a direct build application. This is a very bold move. It is probably because of the competition among utilities to qualify for the significant benefits included in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. To date, four other companies have asked for early site permits from the NRC, and two have been approved.
Constellation has an agreement with Electricite de France (EdF), which will make an initial investment of $350 million in a joint venture and invest up to $275 million later to develop nuclear plants in the U.S. and Canada. EDF is the largest electricity producer in Europe. It has operated 58 nuclear plants for more than 20 years. AAEA supports this project. (Wash Post)
BICEP was created by George Jackson, left. Jackson has worked at the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program where he provided managed communication with other partners in the program. He also worked at the Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program where he assisted citizens with the completion of environmental awareness tools and served as a local resource to help citizens find locally specific information necessary to make smart decisions concerning environmental protection. He currently works as a development associate at American Rivers.
Monday, July 30, 2007
3. Aspire to be middle-class or higher
4. Dress well
AAEA has a long history of working to protect the Anacostia River. Our president has worked directly with the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (Anacostia Watershed work) and Seafarer's Yacht Club, where he served on the board of directors for years. We have sponsored numerous boat and pollution tours, creek walks. litter clean ups and other activities. It is a massive job that includes clean up of the tributaries in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Poison runoff from these counties and Washington, DC provides a toxic mix for the main part of the river.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Some cross pollination is happening though (but not so much for Richardson). Bob Johnson and Maya Angelou support Clinton. George Clooney and Matt Damon support Obama. This dynamic is good for America. Because Obama can't be black, Hillary is trying to drive a truck through that opening. A good example is her recent sponsorship of a hearing on Environmental Justice before the Senate environment subcommittee she chairs. Obama on the other hand is giving the Clinton machine a run for its money (pun intended) in campaign contributions. He is actually raising more money than her. Congressman Charles Rangel was the top money maker in the Congressional Black Caucus until Obama. Isn't America a great country? And remember, the African American community is as American as apple pie. And if you don't believe that just keep your eyes on the South Carolina primary.
Friday, July 27, 2007
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Saturday, July 14, 2007
Farm Subsidies Favor Whites(What Else Is New?)
1. To demand that my country join an international treaty within the next 2 years that cuts global warming pollution by 90% in developed countries and by more than half worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy earth;
2. To take personal action to help solve the climate crisis by reducing my own CO2 pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become "carbon neutral;"
3. To fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the CO2;
4. To work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace, school, place of worship, and means of transportation;
5. To fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on oil and coal;
6. To plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests; and,
7. To buy from businesses and support leaders who share my commitment to solving the climate crisis and building a sustainable, just, and prosperous world for the 21st century.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Dr. Leonard was the executive director of the Black Leadership Forum. Leonard, 40, is a native of Austin, Texas. He is a graduate of Huston-Tillotson University and became a school teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Leonard also earned a master's degree in history at Southern University and his doctorate in 2004 from Howard University. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. (Afro American Newspaper)
Thursday, July 12, 2007
This measure provides a 4.3 percent increase over FY 2007. Additionally, the bill makes climate change research a priority. It boosts federal investment in climate change research at EPA and the Interior Department by 53 percent and, in response to the Supreme Court's landmark decision in April, requires the EPA to begin developing a process for regulating greenhouse gases. As part of the legislation, Congressman Wynn secured $500,000 in Federal funding for the completion of the rehabilitation of Glen Echo Park. The Glen Echo funding will help to complete the rehabilitation of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and an unsafe retaining wall.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
The Alternative Energy Production Consortium will be accomplished in two phases. Phase I was the June 28 luncheon to examine interests, explore possibilities, assign responsibilities and lay the foundation for the overall process. Phase II is a larger gathering in the fall to implement the Phase I recommendations.
AAEA President Norris McDonald is pictured, upper left with U.S. Chamber VP for Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Bill Kovacs, right, and Counsel Thomas Myers, center. Attendees included representatives from the Departments of Energy and Agriculture, universities, Council on Environmental Quality, EPA and the African American Environmentalist Association.
Foreclosure kills any benefits that might accrue from mortgage interest deductions and the equity acquired over time. Foreclosures are going through the roof (pun intended) in the richest majority black county in the country, Prince George's. Subprime lending rates are the culprit. But the desire for the title drives people to sign anything, just like a struggling musician trying to make it to the big time. Except when the chickens come home to roost, it can end in bankruptcy, destroyed marriages and devastated families.
Maybe that young couple should get a $400 per month efficiency apartment (or a single-wide), save $2,000 per month for 10 years, and then pay cash for the house and save two-thirds on the cost of money. Instead of paying $600,000 for a $200,000 home on a 30-year mortgage, pay cash and save $400,000. A simplistic example but you get the idea. Take the savings and start your own business or see the world.