Energy Legislation Will Hurt, Not Help Alabama Families

In an op-ed for the Birmingham News, Executive Director Brooklyn Roberts discusses the negative implications of cap and trade for Alabama families:

Energy Legislation Will Hurt, Not Help Alabama Families

Alabama families should expect to fork out an extra $125 per month if lawmakers in Washington have their way and pass what’s called the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

This bill, which barely made it through the U.S. House of Representatives late last month, will likely be voted on by the Senate before the end of this one.

The legislation, known as ACES, gambles with the future of our country’s energy availability by imposing unrealistic, renewable energy mandates on energy producers and requiring those producers who cannot meet government mandates to pay for carbon credits. Referred to as “cap and trade,” the bill is definitely no ace-in-the-hole for Alabama.  Read More…

Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum of Alabama In The Birmingham News

Birmingham News coverage of Phyllis Schlafly’s speech to the Birmingham Kiwanis Club:

GOP Activist Phyllis Schlafly Speaking in Birmingham Warns of Democrats Stealing the Election

At 84, conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly hasn’t softened her political edge.

Speaking to the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham Tuesday, Schlafly, the founder of Eagle Forum, recounted her career in political activism beginning with a Republican convention that nominated Barry Goldwater, through the battle against the Equal Rights Amendment, to this year’s Republican convention, the 15th she’d attended.

Schlafly said the organization, formed in opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment, was an inspiration for the host of conservative groups that followed.

“We invented the pro-family movement,” she said.  Read More…

Eagle Forum Speaks Out On Immigration

From the Mobile Press-Register:

Immigration Bill Badly Needed

It’s disappointing that the Alabama Legislature failed to act on the last day of the session to address the growing problem of illegal immigration in the state.

The failure is particularly poignant in places like Albertville, a town that the U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2006 had a legal population of just over 19,000, and which now is home to an estimated 40,000-member-strong illegal population.

For this once-Mayberryesque community, illegal immigration is not just a mild annoyance. It is taking over Albertville residents’ lives and the lives of others in cities and towns across Alabama.

Folks here understand all too well the looming immigration problem. They have seen their communities change drastically over the last few years.

The Alabama Legislature’s failure to take action is distressing, but it’s not for lack of effort. Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, introduced one of the most constructive immigration bills offered this session.  Read more…

Op-ed in Huntsville Times: Alabama A Leader In Energy

Executive Director Brooklyn Roberts’ opinion piece from the Huntsville Times:

Unbeknownst to many, Alabama leads in developing alternative forms of energy and is positioning itself for an independent energy future. From creative alternative energy methods to nuclear power to drilling, Alabama is putting in motion the steps necessary for energy prosperity.

Consider the state’s advances on the alternative energy front. Gulf Coast Energy’s Livingston-based plant converts wood-waste and other biomass into ethanol or other carbon-based fuels. PetroSun, Inc., plans to expand into Alabama this year with its algae-to-algae oil alternative fuel production, and Amyris Technologies has met with Alabama officials about the potential use of sugar cane to convert to jet fuel.  Read full article…