US Territories’ July 1-7, 2019 news week in tweets
Solar Power has Seen a Boom in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has placed a goal of moving to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Without much government help, foundations, charities, individuals and communities are pushing for a more self-sufficient energy grid.
Puerto Rican Veterans Vulnerable in the Event of Natural Disaster
Puerto Rico might not be able to care for 9,000 bedridden veterans in the event of another natural disaster. The high-risk veterans need intensive medical support that the territory fears they cannot provide during a natural disaster.
The US Virgin Islands Celebrated Emancipation Day July 3rd
July 3 is Emancipation Day in the US Virgin Islands. In 1848 a successful slave rebellion, in what was the Danis West Indies, saw the abolition of slavery long before it was abolished in the United States.
Guam Remains Vulnerable to New Chinese Missile Systems
Guam is now being viewed as vulnerable to new Chinese ballistic missile systems. Guam remains an important strategic military territory for the US in the Pacific. Some observers view its new vulnerability as potentially setting up another ‘Pearl Harbor.’
The US’s Colonial Settler Policies Loom Large Over US Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa
The US’s policies when settling the US Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa have inhibited indigenous people’s claims to land in their homelands.
FAA Provides $2.6 Million in Grants to Improve Airport Infrastructure in Northern Mariana Islands
The FAA has provided the Northern Mariana Islands $2.6 million in grants to help improve the infrastructure of airports.