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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 14 February 2000
- Subject: GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 14 February 2000
- From: Glenn Starnes <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 16:09:30 -0500
- List-Name: GLIN-Announce
COALITIONS ADDRESS SOARING FUEL
oil prices in the region have soared since early January from 73 cents
per gallon to $1.41 per gallon. Scores of distributors have gone
out of business, and thousands of families are being forced to choose
between food and fuel.
February 8, fourteen senators of the Northeast_Midwest Senate Coalition
asked President Clinton to release immediately $200 million in emergency
LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) funding. Senator
Jim Jeffords (R-VT), Coalition co_chair, followed up with a telephone
call to the president on February 10. President Clinton
subsequently reported the release of $130 million in emergency LIHEAP
funding to all U.S. states and territories. About two-thirds of the
emergency allocation was directed to the Northeast and Midwest, which
face cold weather and skyrocketing fuel costs.
Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Olympia Snowe (R-ME),
Jim Jeffords, Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Jack Reed (R-RI), and Patrick
Leahy (D-VT) last week introduced the Home Heating Oil Price Stability
Act (S. 2047), which would create a regional heating oil reserve.
The proposed reserve would be available for use when U.S. fuel prices
rose sharply because of anticompetitive activity, during a fuel oil
shortage, or in periods of extreme winter weather. Energy Secretary
Bill Richardson subsequently met with the regionís delegation members and
agreed to consider a regional oil reserve.
John Kerry (D-MA), Lautenberg, Jeffords, and Lieberman also introduced
the Home Heating Readiness Report Act (S. 2072), requiring the U.S.
Department of Energy to report to Congress each year on the ability of
the heating oil and propane industries to provide affordable energy to
consumers in the winter months. The legislation, which will be
introduced in the House by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), would require the
department to recommend steps that federal, state and local governments
and the industries could take to avoid price spikes. Unfortunately,
the Energy Information Administration over the past few years has cut by
50 percent its capacity to provide quality state-by-state data associated
with oil markets.
Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition
JOB OPENING: RURAL DEVELOPMENT ANALYST
Northeast-Midwest Institute is looking for a policy analyst to help focus
on trade and transportation trends in the Upper Midwest. Working
with a transportation expert, the analyst will pay particular attention
to agriculture, manufacturing trade, and rural development.
Northeast-Midwest Institute has launched this three-year project with the
Northern Great Plains Initiative for Rural Development (NGPIRD).
The project will forecast regional, national, and international trends in
commodity agriculture, food production and consumption, and manufacturing
that may hinder or offer economic opportunities for the region. This
information will be correlated with trends in the transportation sector
in order to make recommendations regarding the regionís infrastructure
investments and trade and transportation policy.
should have several years of experience with agriculture and trade
issues, as well as a detailed understanding of economic development
strategies. Quality writing and speaking skills are essential, and
the policy analyst should have the ability to work well with diverse
Northeast-Midwest Institute is an equal opportunity employer. The
positionís annual salary will be $45,000. A comprehensive benefits
package is provided.
than call, please send a resume and writing sample to Dick Munson at the
Northeast-Midwest Institute (218 D Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003),
(fax: 202/544-0043), or (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).