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Lessons from the coal industry: Using vs. Engaging communities of color

By Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
Jack & Jill Politics

This week revealed some of the best and worst moments in the role of people of color in the struggle over our nation’s energy and economic future. First, fraudulent attempts by coal lobbyists to defeat clean energy legislation, by faking support from communities of color, were uncovered.

This week revealed some of the best and worst moments in the role of people of color in the struggle over our nation’s energy and economic future.


First, fraudulent attempts by coal lobbyists to defeat clean energy legislation, by faking support from communities of color, were uncovered.


Then, just yesterday, Green For All, the Hip Hop Caucus, and the Obama Administration announced a new campaign centered around bringing clean energy economy to communities of color: Green the Block.


The contrast between these two efforts illustrates the difference between deceptively using and genuinely engaging communities of color.

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