On Tuesday, August 16th, PACE convened an Energy Forum in Troy, Alabama, to discuss concerns about current U.S. energy policy and to hear from members of the community and local business. The co-host for the event was the Alabama Agribusiness Council.
The event began with remarks from keynote speaker U.S. Representative Martha Roby, a freshman member of Congress who represents Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District. Roby emphasized the need for the U.S. to take a “balanced approach” to energy resources, to ensure that government policies and regulations don’t unduly hamper families and businesses with higher electricity costs, and to rein in harmful regulatory policies that make our nation less competitive in the world marketplace. Roby’s remarks resonated with themes that crop up time and time again in Unplugged.
In addition to a screening of the documentary, the audience also heard from voices such as Gary Palmer, President of the Alabama Policy Institute; Gary Smith, President of the local utility provider, PowerSouth Electric Cooperative; Dr. Jim Rinehart of Troy University; and Floyd Gilliland, a practicing lawyer who is active with the Alabama Agribusiness Council.
Future screenings are planned as part of grassroots across the Southeast. Stay tuned for details about future events.