Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
The 42 members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and President-Elect Barack Obama are reasonably compatible on environmental issues. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), who represents California's 9th congressional district in San Francisco's Bay Area, has been elected Chairwoman of the CBC. These two leaders will have very interesting environmental issues to address and global warming will be at the top of the list. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and CBC Chairwoman Lee are not only geographically close but very close on environmental issues as well. It will be interesting to see how CBC members supporting nuclear power, such as House Majority Whip James Clyburn and Texas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, will interact with CBC Chairwoman Lee, who opposes nuclear power.
Although we do not necessarily agree with some of the environmental issues selected by the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) in their voting charts, the CBC consistently scores in the upper eighties or lower nineties and are usually the highest voting caucus in Congress decade after decade. LCV also endorsed President-Elect Obama during the campaign. The CBC opposed President Bush on the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Obama voted for it). The CBC also opposed the Bush administration's Clear Skies Initiative. Obama voted against the Clear Skies Initiative legislation while a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The tied vote along party lines with a couple of Republicans joining the Democrats killed the measure. Senator Obama and the CBC opposed Bush administration proposals for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve and the Healthy Forest Initiative.
AAEA has some questions for the CBC and the Obama administration:
To: On Energy
Note: AAEA President Norris McDonald organized the first CBC Energy Braintrust for the late Congressman Mickey Leland in 1981.
To: On Environment
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Honorable Henry Paulson, Jr.
US Department of Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20220
Re: Bailout Funding
Dear Secretary Paulson:
When you proposed the $700 billion+ bailout you urged Congress to waive the FAR Procurement Law. My fear was you were doing this to once again dupe Congress from their commitment to small and minority owned businesses. My fears now seem to be realized.
I have just read from your website a "Financial Agency Agreement for Custodian, Accounting, Auction Management and Other Infrastructure Services for a Portfolio of Troubled Mortgage-Related Assets" (dated October 14, 2008). In this agreement with Bank of New York Mellon you allow for foreign workers to participate and include the India subsidiary of this company. In essence, US tax money is being outsourced overseas to India. I suspect the purpose is for Mellon to reap obscene profits (pay India rates and pocket the rest).
We consider this a moral outrage and a betrayal of the peoples' trust. There is a myriad of minority owned firms trying to compete for this business while your people cavalierly send it overseas without bid or consideration.
Please inform this office how many of these contracts or agreements to foreign sources now exist and what dollar amount is involved. Also, please inform us which minority owned businesses have been contracted, if any, for business concerning the Bailout (names, addresses and amounts). My other fear is that there is little or none. By copy of this letter I am requesting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to ensure that you respect this request.
As a US citizen, Army veteran and African American I find this action deplorable. May we all rise with outrage and demand a quick change. This action is hurting businesses and individuals at a time when the economy can ill afford chicanery.
Harry C. Alford
National Black Chamber of Commerce
cc: Honorable George W. Bush, President
Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
Honorables Harry Reid, John Kerry, Barney Frank, James Clyburn, Barbara Lee, Nydia Velazquez
We organic field negroes at AAEA are also apoplectic that Al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, would invoke the name of the honorable El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) in a futile attempt to blunt Muslim enthusiasm for President-Elect Obama. Zawahiri's ruse is pathetic. Malcolm X would consider Barack Obama to be a revolutionary for justice and the fulfilment of his and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dreams.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
According to the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC)
"...a clear majority of blacks remain willing to live in areas where their group is in the minority, and show a clear perference for 50/50 neighborhoods. Nonetheless, substantial differences remain in both the meaning and preferred levels of racial integration across racial categories. For many whites, a racially integrated neighborhood is one that is majority white. To put it plainly, whites are willing to live with small numbers of blacks, but prefer to live in predominantly same-race neighborhoods."This pattern is clear because even though Prince George's County, Maryland is the richest majority black county in America, whites still moved away in droves as high income blacks moved in. Yet looking at the violence advertised every evening on the news, who can blame whites for not wanting to live among blacks. White racism can be blamed for some of the reluctance, but common sense is another. If this violent trend does not change very soon, single black mothers should consider moving out of these violent areas. Maybe it is time for them to consider moving back down south. Better a bucolic rural existence than to lose one's son to the insanity of Black-on-Black murder.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Vigorously Investigate and Enforce Title VI claims
Despite rampant evidence of environmental discrimination, the EPA has rejected, on either jurisdictional or other grounds, all but one of the hundreds of Title VI claims submitted to the agency, and that one claim was ultimately unsuccessful. The new Administration must reverse this course by complying with EPA Title VI implementing regulations governing the review and investigation of civil rights complaints.
President-Elect Obama will not be bamboozled by the enthusiasm of the green groups. America took a great step forward in electing Senator Obama, but the environmental movement is still stuck in the pre-first-Earth Day-segregated 1960s. I voted for President-Elect Obama and so did the members of these groups. Unfortunately, they seem to be secretly proud of their racial exclusivity. At least that is my opinion. I think President-Elect Obama and his transition team should at least take a look at our Diversity Report Card and see if you can help us to get the groups to answer us. We would appreciate it.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Does President Elect Barack Obama know about the history of these two women at EPA? Does John Podesta? Dr. Coleman-Adebayo admired Ms. Browner until this former EPA administrator chose confrontation instead of cooperation in addressing discrimination against Marsha. A jury awarded Adebayo $600,000 and Congress backed Dr. Coleman-Adebayo with the NO FEAR ACT. The president signed the bill into law on May 15, 2002.
AAEA and other organizations are recommending Dr. Coleman-Adebayo to be the next EPA administrator. We believe it would send the appropriate signal to the full federal workforce that the Obama administration is serious about discrimination issues and protecting whistleblowers. Carol Browner would do well to recommend Dr. Coleman-Adebayo as the next EPA administrator since she is on President Elect Obama's transition team and there is chatter about her being appointed as the energy czar. It would clean the air and clear the record. Justice would be served and these two dynamic women could be friendly colleagues again.
Should blacks aggressively move out of black enclaves and into white communities? Will whites accept blacks and not move out as blacks move in as has been the history in America? Obama's election clearly signals a shift in white attitudes. What about blacks? It is only natural to not want to be where you are not wanted and many, if not most, blacks still feel more comfortable in African American neighborhoods. Will the election of Obama affect the thinking of blacks? Will whites move to black communities? Gentrification has been a common complaint among blacks for some time now. Yet America seems to thrive on its 'categorization' of people.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
President Obama's energy and environmental positions in the Senate and during the campaign are listed below:
Good on the global warming issue (except for auctioning offsets)
Supports Cap-and-Trade for Global Warming mitigation
Opposed expanding offshore oil drilling (changed position)
Opposes drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR)
Pro cellulosic ethanol Friendly to Coal-To-Liquid (CTL)
Luke warm on nuclear power (opposes reprocessing)
Opposes Yucca Mountain
Opposed temporary suspension of federal gasoline tax
Supports Renewables Portfolio Standards
Voted FOR Energy Policy Act of 2005
Missed vote on Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007
Opposed Global Warming Legislation in Illinois State Senate in 1997
Opposes tapping Strategic Petroleum Reserve (Changed Position)
Supported Financial Bailout Bill (Included Renewables Tax Package)