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Releases Statement on President Trump’s Energy Independence and Economic Growth Executive Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz today released the following statement praising the Trump Administration’s executive action to roll back a number of costly Obama-era climate regulations, including the Clean Power Plan, the rules for new power plants, and the methane rule:

“Today’s executive order is a huge victory for Texans and Americans in every corner of our nation. President Trump should be commended for rolling back these regulations that were intended to effectively eliminate coal power plants and drive up the price of certain key forms of energy. Excessive regulations like these, that pick winners and losers and force Americans to use certain types of energy, harm job creation and slow economic growth.

“All of us want clean water and clean air, but we shouldn’t have to choose between a clean environment and a healthy, growing economy. The previous administration’s effort to regulate our energy sector by executive fiat should be a lesson that regulations that impact the lives of every American should be approved by Congress, not imposed by the unelected bureaucracy. In fact, Congress should return much of the environmental rulemaking and regulation to the states, whose regulators are closer to the people and have a better understanding of their own state’s economy and environmental conditions.

“Over the last eight years, regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions cost more than $457 billion, which is more than $3,350 per household. The United States should be focusing on pro-growth policies that encourage competition and create consumer choice. This action by the president today is a significant and powerful step in unleashing the American Energy Renaissance.”



Economic analysis finds solar industry produced $154 billion in economic activity for the United States in 2016

The Solar Foundation today released data on the number of solar jobs in every state, metropolitan area, county, and congressional district, revealing the impact of the nation’s historic solar jobs boom down to the local level. This data can be found on an interactive Solar Jobs Map available at SolarStates.org.

The new Solar Jobs Map is part of the data collection effort for The Solar Foundation’s Solar Jobs Census 2016, the seventh annual report on solar employment in the United States. In addition to the map, The Solar Foundation produced 50 state-level fact sheets and released an analysis of the economic impact of the solar labor market nationwide and in five states: California, Florida, New York, Ohio, and Texas.

The Solar Jobs Census 2016 found that employment increased by a historic 25 percent nationwide from 2015 to 2016, for a total of 260,077 solar workers. This growth occurred across all regions of the country — the number of solar jobs increased in 44 of the 50 states from 2015 to 2016. In 21 of the 50 states, solar jobs grew by 50 percent or more.

Metropolitan areas across the nation also saw historic solar jobs growth from 2015 to 2016, as the data in the Solar Jobs Map shows. For example, solar jobs in the Cleveland, Ohio metropolitan area doubled, for a total of 1,632 solar workers in 2016. The number of jobs in the San Antonio, Texas metro area increased by 146 percent to 1,767 solar workers.

Jobs in the Albuquerque, New Mexico metro area increased 78 percent to 1,771 solar workers. Jobs in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida increased 40 percent to 1,215 solar workers. The Atlanta, Georgia metro area had 2,406 solar workers, a 15 percent increase from 2015; and jobs in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin metro area increased 20 percent to 1,033 solar workers.

“The solar industry is generating well-paying jobs everywhere from Detroit to Miami to Salt Lake City, and in states from Ohio to Texas to South Carolina,” said Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director of The Solar Foundation. “America’s solar energy boom adds tens of billions of dollars to our economy each year, all while providing an affordable, reliable, and local energy source.”

The top 25 metropolitan areas based on the total number of solar workers are listed below, along with the percentage increase or decrease from 2015. The Solar Jobs Map provides complete data on solar jobs in all 50 states, along with details on jobs by solar employment sector, percentages of women and veterans in the solar workforce, and more. Users can toggle between 2015 and 2016 data to compare the number of solar jobs year over year.

In 2016, The Solar Foundation found that with 260,077 solar workers nationwide, the solar industry produced $62.5 billion in direct sales. The solar industry’s broader labor impact that includes direct, indirect, and induced jobs amounted to nearly 789,000 U.S. jobs. These jobs paid more than $50 billion in salaries, wages, and benefits and produced $154 billion in total economic activity for the United States in 2016. State-based economic impact data for California, Florida, New York, Ohio, and Texas are available via fact sheets at SolarStates.org.

“Solar power not only enhances environmental protection and health — it helps accelerate economic growth,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “We are pleased that the solar industry continues to find Colorado a good state for business. For years, Colorado has been on the leading edge of clean energy and solar deployment. Thanks to Coloradans’ vision, initiative, and leadership, we’ve grown our solar workforce by 20 percent in 2016 — and are among the top states in solar deployment, setting a great example for the entire nation.”

“As a Solar America City and a SolSmart Gold City, we’ve worked to make it easier and more affordable to install solar,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “As a result, we have seen tremendous growth of solar job opportunities in Milwaukee and hope to see continued growth in these sustainable jobs. These jobs are important to our local economy and help us reach many of the goals in our City’s sustainability plan.”

Since 2010, The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census has defined solar workers as those who spend at least 50 percent of their time on solar-related work. The Solar Foundation has consistently found that approximately 90 percent of these workers spend 100 percent of their time on solar-related work. The Solar Jobs Census 2016 was part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) data collection effort that included more than 500,000 telephone calls and over 60,000 emails to energy establishments in the U.S. between October and November 2016. This resulted in a total of 3,888 full completions for establishments involved in solar activity in the United States.

Detailed information on solar jobs at the national level can be found in the full report for the National Solar Jobs Census 2016, available at SolarJobsCensus.org. Complete information on solar jobs at the state and local levels can be found in the Solar Jobs Map available at SolarStates.org.

About The Solar Foundation

The Solar Foundation® is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate adoption of the world’s most abundant energy source. Through its leadership, research, and capacity building, The Solar Foundation creates transformative solutions to achieve a prosperous future in which solar technology is integrated into all aspects of our lives. The Solar Foundation is considered the premier research organization on the solar labor workforce, employer trends, and the economic impacts of solar. It has provided expert advice to leading organizations such as the National Academies, the Inter-American Development Bank, the U.S. Department of Energy, and others during a time of dynamic industry growth and policy and economic uncertainty. Visit us at TheSolarFoundation.org.


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Houston Methodist West Hospital has received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The accreditation acknowledges Houston Methodist West’s expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

“Houston Methodist West has been leading the way in cardiovascular care since we were first established,” said Vicki Brownewell, RN, Houston Methodist West’s chief nursing officer. “I’m proud of our team for continuing to deliver the best possible care for all of our heart patients.”

The hospital was first accredited in October, 2013, with its latest accreditation valid until October 31, 2019.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Every year more than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease, with a heart attack occurring an average of once every 42 seconds.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s evidence-based, systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Chest Pain Centers better monitor patients when it’s unclear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

The ACC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. By achieving ACC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation status, Houston Methodist West demonstrated expertise in the following areas:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack


For more information on cardiovascular care or to find a doctor at Houston Methodist West Hospital, call 832.522.5522 or visit houstonmethodist.org/find-a-doctor/.

Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Living Well Expo Saturday – May 20, 2017 1 pm – 5 pm The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce Living Well Expo will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at Parkway Fellowship Church located at 27043 FM 1093, Richmond, TX 77406.

Title sponsors for this year’s event include MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Methodist West Hospital and Memorial Hermann.

Come out and enjoy an inspiring and interactive day of health and wellness with informational booths and guest speakers. The Living Well Expo will have something for everyone with information not only on physical health but social, pet, dental, financial and environmental health as well. The event includes vendor booths, door prizes, free gift bags, food trucks, entertainment and much more.

If you would like to be a supporting sponsor or have a vendor booth at this event, forms can be found by visiting www.FulshearAreaChamber.com

If you’d like more information about this event, please contact Amy Norvell at anorvell@fulshearareachamber.com or call 832-600-3221.

The Rosenberg Railroad Museum’s tenth annual RailFest presented by Classic Chevrolet of Sugar Land will be pulling into the station on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 for a day of railroad fun! The fundraising event will be held on the Rosenberg Railroad Museum grounds, 1921 Ave. F in Rosenberg, on April 8th from 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine.

RailFest 2017 will feature the Houston “S” Gaugers and the Houston Area “G” Gaugers in action plus a kid friendly, interactive switching exhibit, hosted by the San Jacinto Model Railroad Club. In addition, the brand new “Texas Flyer” trackless train will be on hand, as well as train themed bounce houses, crafts and games, a photo booth, face painting and Cowboy Hall of Famer, Larry Callies.

For rail fans, the Museum has a special presentation by Doug Weiskopf, author or “Rails Around Houston,” and rail fans won’t want to miss the Museum’s first ever Collectibles Sale. Local food trucks are joining the line up as well as a Museum open house, live music and much more! All proceeds from the event benefit museum operations.

According to Museum executive director, Ratha Liladrie, “There is something for everyone! It’s a great opportunity to learn about Texas railroading and Ft Bend County history, get something tasty to eat, have fun and see some neat trains and layouts.” A very special thanks goes out to RailFest sponsors: Classic Chevrolet of Sugar Land, Another Time Soda Fountain, BR Vino, Bob’s Taco Station, Dick’s Automotive, Jeff McClellan, CPA, Ol’Railroad Cafe, Alice Poth – TX Farm Bureau, Republic Services, Rosenberg Main Street Program and Vogelsang’s Antique Emporium.

The fun starts at 10 am and goes on until 5pm. $8.00 Admission for everyone 2 yrs and older; Children under 2 are Free. More information and speed pass advance purchase tickets are available online at http://www.rosenbergrrmuseum.org/railfest/. If you would like to volunteer for the event, please contact event chair Brenda Cauthen at bcauthen1@gmail.com. The Rosenberg Railroad Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation and education of railroading in Fort Bend County.

Groupons, Living Social, or other coupons or discounts are NOT valid for this event.

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KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA recently hosted their dealer network members and thousands of attendees at their exhibit during the record-breaking CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 tradeshow, which took place March 7-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The powerful KOBELCO display highlighted the company’s latest advancements, showcased its exclusive technologies and featured several new and specialty excavator models.

“ConExpo 2017 was a tremendous success for the KOBELCO USA team,” says Pete Morita, Vice President – Excavator Division of KOBELCO USA. “Our ConExpo exhibit was the perfect opportunity to show the market why KOBELCO excavators are truly built like no other, while allowing us to connect with KOBELCO dealers as well as the growing number of customers and potential customers. We are thrilled with the positive outcome.”

Over 20 machines were on display in the expansive 27,225-sq ft. KOBELCO exhibit. Several specialty excavators were debuted including the SK210D-10 Car Demolition machine, which was featured clamping a junked SUV, as well as the SK350DLC-10 Building Demolition machine. KOBELCO also introduced the SK260LC-10 High & Wide excavator for forestry applications and unveiled the revolutionary SK210HLC-10 hybrid excavator.

KOBELCO created a memorable experience for attendees by integrating an exhibit theme that highlighted its dedication to the North American market. Individual stations educated visitors on the company’s superior parts, sales and service support, ability to source Made in the USA KOBELCO parts supplied by over 75 USA manufacturers, and production capabilities of the new US manufacturing facility in Moore, South Carolina.

The first excavator produced by KOBELCO at the new US facility was also displayed with a custom wrap design to celebrate the Built in the USA theme. Thousands of attendees stopped by the KOBELCO booth and had their photos taken with the limited edition SK210LC-10 wrapped in an American flag and hydraulic parts inspired graphic.

“ConExpo came at a fitting time for KOBELCO as we recently increased production at the KOBELCO USA manufacturing facility,” says Morita. “We continue to reinforce our dedication to the North American market and the wrapped SK210 symbolized our commitment to producing excavators in the USA.”

Furthermore, attendees enjoyed operating the KOBELCO simulator with Trimble technologies to experience the company’s superior machine control, as well as visiting individual stations that showcased the unmatched power, efficiency, safety and durability capabilities of KOBELCO excavators.

KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA offers industry-leading crawler excavators in the 3,000 lb. to 245,000 lb. classes including zero tail swing, compact, standard, long-reach, mass excavation, and demolition models. Well-known as the excavator authority, KOBELCO is committed to producing quality machines with advanced productivity-boosting features and innovative technologies. With premier capabilities such as no time limit power boost and exclusive independent travel, KOBELCO machines ensure superior performance and efficiency for the toughest worksite challenges.

For more information on KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA or KOBELCO products, please visit www.KOBELCO-USA.com or call 281-888-8430.



The fifteenth annual summer band camp, offered to next year’s 7th, 8th, and 9th grade KISD band students, will be held at Tompkins High School from July 10th to July 14th. The camp will include daily section rehearsals, full band rehearsals, and fun music based electives. Lunch is also part of the camp. The cost of the camp is $130 and will include a t-shirt if registered by June 5th. All registrations after that date will need to include a late registration fee of $25 totaling $155. All registrations must be postmarked by Friday, June 23rd. The camp concludes with the Grand Finale Concert on Friday morning at 9am. After the concert, those students wishing to extend the fun a little longer can join in the group’s optional trip to Typhoon Texas for an additional $35 (park admission, meal, bus transportation, and drinks are included in price) for a total camp cost of $165 ($190 after June 5th). The KISD JH Summer Band Camp has been a huge success each year and we anticipate a large enrollment again this year.

Camp participants will audition for summer band camp placement as soon as they arrive for the first day of camp. Students should prepare major scales and chromatic scales specific to the student’s instrument, as well as a band camp audition etude which can be downloaded from the webpage below. Students will be ability grouped with the number of bands being determined by total enrollment for the camp. Registration Form, Audition materials and Travel/Emergency Treatment Consent Form can be downloaded by campers from the Katy ISD Fine Arts Webpage www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts. An email confirmation is sent out upon receipt of registration, and follow up reminders from the camp coordinator will be sent before the camp begins, so make sure your email address is clearly printed on the registration form.

The camp provides an economical and convenient alternative to those who may not have had a chance to attend another band camp over the summer due to scheduling and/or costs. Participants will receive top quality instruction on their instruments from our own great KISD and Houston area Band Directors. Join us for the fifteenth annual Katy ISD Junior High Summer Band Camp and keep your playing skills sharp for the year! Camp brochures, with the registration form, will be distributed to KISD band students by their schools’ directors. Camp brochures can also be downloaded from the Katy ISD Fine Arts webpage above. Plan to register early in order to guarantee a spot! Again, registrations must be postmarked by Friday, June 23rd. If you have already registered and have not received your confirmation email, contact kisdbandcamp17@gmail.com to make sure your registration has been received.