Green Causes Are Not Always Colorblind

The energy mix of a country, state, and local region can be considered a common good, as the power companies that provide electricity are local monopolies and customers generally do not have a choice in who their provider is. While there are operations like Clean Choice Energy that allow customers to opt in to having their energy use accounted for by renewable sources, by and large all the costs and benefits of a region’s energy mix are thrust upon the customers without their input. The political process is an available tool to voice a community’s concerns in the issues that are government-regulated, but the specter of NIMBY will often force decisions that benefit those with the most political pull (e.g., communities in high-income areas and with strong ties to the decision makers) at the expense of everyone else.

Read the full story at The Energy Collective.


Van Jones on Scott Pruitt: "Worst EPA person ever"

 

Green For All has joined forces with national partners to call for EPA Administration Scott Pruitt's resignation.

Sign our petition to #BootPruitt here.


Leading Environmental and Progressive Organizations Launch Boot Pruitt Program

New coordinated effort aimed at forcing Scott Pruitt, the embattled EPA administrator under multiple investigations, from office

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Grupos hispanos se unen para pedir la renuncia del líder de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental

Scott Pruitt, administrador de EPA, es un escéptico del cambio climático que está siendo investigado por malgastar fondos públicos. También está señalado por su contribución a debilitar normas ambientales que protegen la salud de millones de personas, especialmente de minorías.

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BREAKING NEWS: Moms came together and won full funding for the U.S. EPA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2018

Contact: Kerene Tayloe, Green For All, kerene@dreamcorps.us, 202-664-3767

 

Green For All Statement on the FY2018 Omnibus Spending Package:
A big win for the women who sounded the alarm on cuts to the U.S. EPA

Oakland, CA – Green For All today released the following statement in response to the approval of the FY2018 Omnibus spending package:

A year ago, when Trump introduced a budget proposal that would drastically cut funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green For All launched the Moms Mobilize Campaign to fight back. And we won. The EPA is the most critical agency for protecting our right to clean air and water.

“Green For All is thankful that Congress listened carefully to women, moms, and communities across the country who were outraged by the Trump Administration’s proposal to slash funding for the EPA. Had the Trump cuts passed, it would have put clean air, water and the health of our communities at serious risk,” said Michelle Romero, Deputy Director of Green For All.

“A future worth fighting for is one in which our children have access to clean air and drinking water. We are pleased to see that Congress has acted in a bipartisan way to ensure that the EPA is provided the funding to do this work,” said Vien Truong, CEO of the Dream Corps.

In addition to keeping EPA funding at current levels, the Omnibus provides well needed funds to address clean and safe drinking water and Superfund programs that are vital to communities across the country, especially communities of color who are most impacted by pollution.

We thank the many women who participated in our Moms Mobilize campaign, including the grassroots activists and celebrity women who signed our open letter to Congress demanding full funding for the EPA. We also recognize the women of color in Congress who were the very first to speak out against cuts to the EPA in the budget bill, including Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Nanette Barragan (CA-44), Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), and Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18). It is efforts like these that we believe clearly articulated why the EPA is important to protecting the health of our most precious resource, our children.

That said, we do not take for granted that this budget provides needless funding for a border fence and leaves out support for the thousands of Dreamers who are doing all they can to comply with our laws and remain productive contributors to our society. It is our hope that Congress take seriously the need to support our Dreamers as well. We will continue to fight for our most vulnerable as we build an inclusive green economy for all.

To learn more about Green For All's moms mobilize campaign, visit greenforall.org/momsmobilize

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Green For All is a climate and economic justice organization working at the intersection of poverty and pollution to create an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Green For All is an initiative of the Dream Corps, which brings people together to solve America’s toughest problems by backing initiatives that close prison doors and open doors of opportunity for all.







Green For All Statement on FY2018 Omnibus Spending Package

Oakland, CA – Green For All today released the following statement in response to Congress unveiling its FY2018 Omnibus spending package:

The release of the Omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2018 is a clear win for protecting public health and the environment

“Green For All is thankful that Congress listened carefully to the communities across the country who were outraged by the Trump Administration’s proposal to slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. Had the Trump cuts passed, it would have put clean air, water and the health of our communities at risk,” said Michelle Romero, Deputy Director of Green For All.

“A future worth fighting for is one in which our children have access to clean air and drinking water. We are pleased to see that Congress has acted in a bipartisan manner to ensure that the EPA is provided the funding to do this work,” said Vien Truong, CEO of the Dream Corps.

In addition to keeping EPA funding at current levels, the Omnibus will provide well needed funds to address clean and safe drinking water and Superfund programs that are vital to communities across the country, especially communities of color who are most impacted by pollution.

We thank the many women who participated in our Moms Mobilize campaign, including the grassroots activists and celebrity women who signed our open letter to Congress demanding full funding for the EPA. We also recognize the women of color in Congress who were the very first to speak out against cuts to the EPA in the budget bill, including Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Nanette Barragan (CA-44), Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), and Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18). It is efforts like these that we believe clearly articulated why the EPA is important to protecting the health of our most precious resource, our children.

That said, we do not take for granted that this budget provides needless funding for a border fence and leaves out support for the thousands of Dreamers who are doing all they can do to comply with our laws and remain productive contributors to our society. It is our hope that Congress take seriously the need to support our Dreamers.

Contact: Kerene Tayloe, Green For All, kerene@dreamcorps.us, 202-664-3767


Congressman Cleaver, Green For All, and Local Leaders Speak Out Against the U.S. EPA’s Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

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February 22, 2018

Contact: Michelle Romero, Green For All, michelle@dreamcorps.us, 408-550-3121

 

Congressman Cleaver, Green For All, and Local Leaders Speak Out Against the U.S. EPA’s Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

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Pictured above: Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05) gives opening remarks.

KANSAS CITY, MO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was in Kansas City yesterday holding a public hearing on its proposal to repeal a program known as the Clean Power Plan. Local leaders joined Green For All and Congressman Cleaver for a community conversation in advance of the hearing, to discuss the Clean Power Plan’s implications for community health, jobs, and the local environment.

“Many of the harmful emissions torching the planet are also making our communities sick. We’re seeing high rates of asthma, cancer, and pollution-related disease in our communities,” said Michelle Romero, deputy director of Green For All, a national climate justice initiative founded by Van Jones. “People of color are hit first and worst because of their proximity to the dirtiest sources. Investing in clean energy can reverse this trend and improve public health.”

The Clean Power Plan, enacted by the Obama administration, is aimed at combating climate change by reducing pollution from power plants. Power plants account for 40 percent of the United States’ climate pollution.

U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (MO-05) said, “We know that clean energy works. Under the Obama Administration, Recovery Act stimulus funding helped to deploy clean energy and build green infrastructure right here in Kansas City, Missouri. We even put solar on the roof of a local high school. We need more of that now and we need the Clean Power Plan.”

Sixty-eight percent of African Americans in the U.S. live within 30 miles of a coal-fired power plant, and 80 percent of Latinos live in areas that do not meet basic air quality standards set by the U.S. EPA. Kansas City and St. Louis have the highest rates of asthma in the state of Missouri. Local residents hoped that programs like the Clean Power Plan would accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy to improve conditions in heavily impacted communities.

Margaret J. May, former executive director of the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council said, "Our ability to live healthy and well is largely dependent on the quality of air we breathe. Clean energy principles must be followed by industry and individuals to ensure a future for our children."

Clyde McQueen, President and CEO of Full Employment Council added, “Clean energy is not a matter of how, but when. Fossil fuels are finite by their very existence and we need to plan for their eventual depletion, and eventual transition to a green economy. For once we can proactively plan for the employment and business opportunities that will be created and ensure that the unemployed and undercapitalized in rural and urban areas are not the last to be included in economic opportunities of the eventual green economy."

Over the past year, clean energy jobs in solar and wind have outpaced job growth in the rest of the U.S. economy, growing 12 times faster. From 2015-2016, the clean energy sector in Missouri added 2,772 jobs, growing three times faster that the state economy as a whole. Climate change would increase the costs of business in Missouri by threatening economic activity and services while pushing insurance premiums higher, putting 110,838 small businesses at risk.

“Clean energy and mitigating climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions has been a high priority in Kansas City over the past decade, and all of our efforts in these areas include promoting social equity and creating new local jobs,” said Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer for Kansas City, Missouri.

The focus on building more sustainable energy infrastructure in Kansas City is paying off, but local leaders agree more is needed.

Ashok Gupta, senior energy economist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said, The Clean Power Plan would no doubt boost an already thriving local clean energy economy that is driven both by the dropping price of wind and solar energy, efficiency improvements to homes and businesses, and electric vehicles.”

“In the Westside neighborhood, we’re teaching residents about energy efficiency and putting solar on affordable housing,” said Gloria Ortiz-Fisher, executive director of the Westside Housing Organization. “We’re making housing more affordable for low-income residents by reducing the cost of their energy bills. Programs like the Clean Power Plan and the Clean Energy Incentive Program would enable us to continue this work.”

The Clean Power Plan would result in a 37 percent reduction in harmful carbon emissions from power plants in the state of Missouri by the year 2030, and a 44 percent reduction in the state of Kansas. Following the community conversation, residents travelled to the U.S. EPA hearing to join people from across the region in asking the current administration to keep the Clean Power Plan.

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Green For All is a national initiative to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Green For All is an initiative of the Dream Corps, a social justice accelerator founded by Van Jones.

 


GOVERNING: California Launches Environmental Justice Bureau

By Peter Fimrite

Frustrated by declining federal regulation of the environment and health disparities between poorer and wealthier communities, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Thursday appointed a team of lawyers to fight pollution.

The four attorneys assigned to the new Bureau of Environmental Justice will focus on low-income Californians and people of color who suffer a "disproportionate share of environmental pollution and public health hazards," according to Becerra's office

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THE HILL: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05) gives Green For All a shout out

BY REP. EMANUEL CLEAVER (D-MO.)

President Barack Obama revealed the Clean Power Plan to the world in 2015. Obama referred to the proposal as “a moral obligation” and rightfully labeled it "the single most important step that America has ever made in the fight against global climate change.”

Obama’s sentiments were shared by a host of bipartisan congressional leaders, particularly my colleagues on the Safe Climate Caucus. And hundreds of multinational companies supported the plan. But instead of embracing this widespread consensus and building on meaningful progress, the Trump administration would rather jeopardize America’s global leadership and public health by moving backwards.

 

The Environmental Protection Agency, now under the environmentally-insensitive leadership of Scott Pruitt, seeks to undermine our nation’s top scientists and the EPA’s legal obligation by proposing the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The EPA administrator’s sin is his willfully unconscious hijacking of future generations’ ability to drink unsoiled water and breathe unpolluted air.

We must not let this happen. With the EPA holding listening sessions across the country – one most recently in my district, the 5th District of Missouri – we must use this opportunity to take a stand for the environment and the well-being of our communities. 

In some ways it is irrelevant whether you believe in climate change or the idea that humans are contributing to climate change, because we are all certainly paying for its effects. In the words of Ben Franklin, an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Though a vocal minority have yet to embrace the facts that climate research has found, we must take action to mitigate these growing costs. 

We all have been haunted by the disheartening images from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. And we have seen footage of the damage caused by the devastating wildfires in California. This is all a result of climate change, which is exacerbated by carbon pollution. If we ignore this fact, the frequency and severity of extreme weather will exponentially increase, leaving hardworking taxpayers to foot the bill. And even more tragic will be the loss of life. 

As a parent and grandfather, I cannot help but also think of the environmental consequences that repealing the Clean Power Plan will have on children. At a time when many families are already on the brink, repealing this proposal would lead to more sick kids, higher asthma rates, more expensive hospital visits and thousands of premature deaths. 

And to make matters worse, the public health outcomes as a result of pollution are disproportionately worse for people of color.

America, we have a moral obligation to get this right. 

As proclaimed in the gospel of Matthew, I believe that our country will ultimately be defined by how we treat the least of these. Will the health outcomes of children and the sorrow of displaced families be taken into account in the future of America’s environmental policy? Our global stature starts with correctly answering these questions.

I commend groups like Moms Clean Air Force, Green for All, and others for holding Administrator Pruitt accountable and ensuring that all Americans have a voice in the environmental space. But we must also keep pushing forward. We must stand up, we must fight for future generations, and we must act on climate.

Turning our back on the Clean Power Plan is dangerous. The world is in desperate need of American leadership and innovation, and we cannot afford to ignore or delude our way out of this current crisis.

Cleaver represents Missouri's 5th District. 

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KSHB: Green For All discusses importance of the green economy, Clean Power Plan on Kansas City morning show

They are working to educate on opportunities available with clean energy and how each one of us can help reduce our carbon footprint. Kim Noble and Kerene Taylor, of Green For All advance solutions that bring clean energy, green jobs, and opportunities to the poorest, and most polluted communities in the country. https://www.kshb.com/entertainment/kcl/home-kcl/daily-ways-you-can-be-green-at-home

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