Biden to order sweeping review of U.S. supply chain weak spots – The Washington Post
President Biden on Wednesday will formally order a 100-day government review of potential vulnerabilities in U.S. supply chains for critical items, including computer chips, medical gear, electric-vehicle batteries and specialized minerals.
De Blasio Hopes Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Will “Supercharge” Campaign To Reach More Seniors – Gothamist
As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gears up to review the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday it could be a “difference maker” for the city’s vaccine supplies and its rollout to hard-to-reach seniors.
L.A. County approves ‘hero pay’ for grocery workers – Los Angeles Times
Hundreds of grocery store workers in unincorporated Los Angeles County will receive $5 an hour in hazard pay on top of their regular wages as part of the county’s “hero pay” mandate that goes into effect Friday and lasts 120 days.
Texas racked up a $50 billion energy bill last week. It’s not clear who’s going to pay it. – Yahoo News
When demand for energy rose sharply last week in unseasonably frigid Texas, and power plants started going offline, the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) allowed wholesale electricity prices to jump to the maximum rate of $9 per kilowatt-hour, a 7,400 percent increase over the normal rate of 12 cents per kilowatt-hour, The Texas Tribune reports. “The rate hike was supposed to entice power generators to get more juice into the grid, but the astounding costs were also passed directly on to some customers.”
After blackout crisis, Commissioner Adrian Garcia says Harris County should explore leaving ERCOT – Houston Chronicle
Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia, right, wants Harris County to explore whether it can leave the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the operator of the electric grid that covers most of Texas.
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