Pickering's Mississippi E-Memo
REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO WORK THROUGH AUGUST: House Republicans have continued to fight on the House Floor since the Democrat Majority adjourned for their 5-week vacation August 1st. Each day Republicans are gathering on the House floor to demand Speaker Pelosi to immediately reconvene the House and vote on the American Energy Act.
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· The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that about 100 billion barrels of oil in-place resources, including undiscovered oil, underlies the North Slope of Alaska
· Of the contiguous 48 states, 28 have a coastal boundary. U.S. electric use data show that these same states use 78% of the nation's electricity
· The United States spends over 500 billion dollars annually on energy
· Of the 7.7 million households in the United States that use heating oil to heat their homes, 5.3 million households or roughly 69% reside in the Northeast region of the country
· Although more than 70 percent of the natural gas produced in the United States already comes from wells at 5,000 feet or deeper, only 7 percent comes from formations below 15,000 feet
· More than 90 percent of the power plants to be built in the next 20 years will likely be fueled by natural gas
DOE LAUNCHES ENERGYSMART HOSPITALS: July 23, The U.S. Department of Energy announced the launch of the EnergySmart Hospitals initiative to increase the use of energy efficient technologies in hospitals across the United States. The initiative has the potential to help hospitals identify opportunities to not only save millions in potential energy costs, but also reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Last year, hospitals spent more than $5 billion on energy costs with more than 2.5 times the energy intensity and carbon dioxide emissions of commercial office buildings. Unlike many other commercial buildings, hospitals must remain fully operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provide services during power outages, natural disasters, and other events that would force other facilities to close.
PICKERING INTRODUCES SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST RESOLUTION: Thursday, July 24, Congressman Pickering along with Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA), introduced a concurrent resolution designating October as National Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Awareness Month (HCON 393). The resolution aims to raise awareness about the risk of SCA, improve the public's ability to identify warning signs, encourage individuals to seek medical attention in a timely manner and promote the need for further research into the causes of this leading killer.
WAL-MART MAKES NATIONAL COMMITMENT TO BUY LOCAL: Wal-Mart stores in Mississippi are sourcing fresh produce from local, in-state farms. They have pledged to increase their locally grown fruit and vegetable selection:
* During FYE 2008, Wal-Mart spent more than $553 million in Mississippi for merchandise and services with 760 suppliers. Wal-Mart supports 29,908 supplier jobs in the state
* Wal-Mart's locally grown produce sourced in Mississippi includes: strawberries, corn, watermelons, bell peppers, cucumbers, yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, athena cantaloupes, tomatoes, cabbage, watermelons, sweet potatoes, greens, broccoli and sweet onions.
* Wal-Mart is expanding its locally grown offerings in the state - and this year Mississippi grown sweet onions are being sold in 47 stores compared to zero last year.
PAUSE PARENT PLAY: Pause Parent Play was created with the goal of helping parents and caregivers easily control what children watch, hear and play. This campaign is designed to empower parents and caregivers by connecting them with easy-to-use resources. Pause Parent Play.org provides parents a one-stop media shop. Covering a range of topics from new movie ratings and reviews to guides on controlling TV and satellite radio content, the site connects parents and caregivers with both independent and industry resources. To learn more, visit the site below:
DTV TRANSITION: On February 17, 2009, analog television broadcasting will end for full-power stations. After that date, if you get TV broadcasts with an antenna over the air, you will receive only digital signals. This does not mean you need to get a new television set. There will be converter boxes to change the digital signal to one that analog sets can receive. You may be able to obtain up to two coupons worth $40 each toward the purchase of converter boxes. The program will be run by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a part of the U.S. Department of Congress. For more information on the digital conversion, including information on a government coupon program for converter boxes, please see information below:
1. Apply online at www.dtv2009.gov (Download a coupon application here)
2. Mail the coupon application to:
PO BOX 2000
Portland, OR 97208-2000
3. Fax the coupon application to: 1-877-DTV-4ME2 (1-888-388-4632)
4. Or, call the Coupon Program 24-hour hotline: 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009), TTY 1-877-530-2634
You can also visit www.dtvtransition.org for more information.