Article: Macon Utilities customers outraged at spike in natural gas prices from February storms

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Macon Utilities customers outraged at spike in natural gas prices from February storms

Michael Steward, 24 May 2021

MACON — A winter storm that pushed several states into crisis, pushed a Missouri county into one of their own. The February polar vortex that collapsed Texas’ power grid and water systems led to a historic increase in natural gas prices.

Macon Utilities, a Missouri company, said they were monitoring the weather, but didn’t anticipate the severity of the storm.

“We were watching the weather with the polar vortex that was happening and we had received alerts that the temperatures were going to be cold,” Stephanie Wilson, General Manager of Macon Utilities, said. “To the severity of wells freezing… because of the temperature — that was not known.” Continue reading “Article: Macon Utilities customers outraged at spike in natural gas prices from February storms”

Article: US Chides Vietnam Over Currency, But Makes No Tariff Threat

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US Chides Vietnam Over Currency, But Makes No Tariff Threat

Alex Lawson, 15 January 2021

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative found that Vietnam’s currency manipulation is unfairly hindering U.S. businesses but held off on teeing up new tariffs against Hanoi on Friday, leaving a final decision in the case up to the incoming Biden administration.

After a three-month investigation, the USTR found that Vietnam’s persistent undervaluation of its currency, paired with its more recent intervention in foreign exchange markets, artificially lowered the prices of Vietnamese exports to the U.S., leaving U.S. producers at a disadvantage. Continue reading “Article: US Chides Vietnam Over Currency, But Makes No Tariff Threat”

Subject: Al Lawson

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Alfred James Lawson Jr. (D-FL) is a committee member of the 116th Congress U.S. House Committee on Financial Services. He is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 5th congressional district, serving since 2017. A Democrat, Lawson served in the Florida Legislature for 28 years. From 1982 to 2000, he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives. From 2000 to 2010, Lawson was a member of the Florida Senate, where he was elected to serve as the Democratic Leader and eventually rose to the rank of “Dean of the Senate” prior to his election to the U.S. House of Representatives. He graduated from Florida A&M University (BA), and Florida State University (MPA).

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