UWUA President Mike Langford Speaks at the City Club of Cleveland – “Rebuilding Our Energy Infrastructure”
On February 5, President Langford spoke to an audience of labor, industry and business leaders at the City Club of Cleveland about the need to Reclaim, Retrain, Repower and Repair America!
Included in his comments are the subjects of: utility workers as first responders in natural and man-made disasters; the need to invest in electric, gas and water infrastructure; grid vulnerability; methane leaks; training the next generation of utility workers; carbon capture; shortage of domestic manufacturing; the BlueGreen Alliance; climate issues; nuclear power; and more.
Langford highlighted grid vulnerability as revealed by an attack on a substation in Southern California. The subsequent study of the attack by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concluded that coordinated attacks on only nine key substations could plunge the country into darkness for weeks, if not months.
He talked about UWUA members as the highest skilled, most productive, safest workers in the world, a message that was well received by the audience.
And there’s much, much more, including calling for a federal energy policy that is beneficial to workers, communities, and industry, “If we want to be a world leader, we need to put money into building our electric, gas and water infrastructure!”
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