Green Insider: B.E. Forum to Discuss the New Energy Economy - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

Black Enterprise holds a second annual forum focused on developing sources of clean, renewable energy.

Whether we realize it or not, energy means much more to us than fuel in our cars and electricity in our sockets. What we eat, where we go, what we wear, and how we communicate is all dependent on energy, and now more than ever before our ability to generate energy in a sustainable way is critical to maintaining our standard of living for the next several decades.

To help us come to terms with our need to revamp our perspectives on energy, Black Enterprise is hosting Part 2 of A Conversation on Energy sponsored by Shell, in Washington D.C at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, on Nov. 8, 2010. The conversation will take place in two sessions focusing on 1) Energy Security, where panelists will discuss how to transition from our major reliance on fossil fuels and foreign sources of energy; and 2) Energy Responsibility, to outline ways we can reduce our environmental impact and avoid disasters.

Nothing underscores the necessity for this conversation more than the Gulf of Mexico oil spill this spring after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. The spill left an oil slick that threatens to obliterate the ecosystems of coastal land in the Gulf, jeopardize tourism and fishing industries, and shake our trust in Gulf seafood safety. It reminded us just how important clean energy is to our livelihoods, our health, and our environment.

Now with advancements in renewable energy systems (wind, solar, water, geothermal) our country has more options, but accessing that energy is going to require us to do new things in new ways, while continuing to leverage our use of fossil fuels more efficiently. But not everyone is up to make those changes.

Last year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act. It was a comprehensive approach to America’s energy policy that lawmakers hoped would create millions of new clean energy jobs, save consumers hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs, enhance America’s energy independence, and cut global warming pollution. Not everyone agrees that ACES is the solution to our country’s energy needs, and so the bill has been stalled in the senate. If it makes it out of the senate, what will likely pass now more than a year later is a bill that is weaker on regulation, and not as environmentally friendly as many conservationists would like.

Adding to the problem, regular working people and businesses are confused about how changes in the production and use of energy are going to affect them. For example, when President Barack Obama called a moratorium on deep water drilling to research the safety of drilling offshore, many of his most incensed detractors were small business owners who depended on the industry to make a living. On the other hand, citizens also heard that the fossil fuel industry will not be dismantled any time soon and that in addition to those jobs there will be new jobs available for blue and white collar workers as the new energy economy develops.

Leading up to this forum, we want to hear from our readers about their hopes, fears, and responsibilities concerning new ways to produce energy. Tell us: Are you excited about the possibilities of exploring careers in renewable energy? How do you propose we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels? Are you angry that Congress has been slow to pass the Clean Energy bill? Or are you hoping that they never pass it? What questions do you have? Tell us your stories.

For more information visit Black Enterprise: A Conversation on Energy hosted by Shell

Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.