28, 2017 – The NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued the
following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to
repeal the Clean Power Plan.
decision by President Donald Trump to rollback the hard fought progress made on
clean air and clean energy is extremely disappointing and dangerous.
are now on a dangerous path that puts workers, communities and the planet in harm’s
way. Already, 76,000 coal miners have died of black lung disease since 1968.
The reopening of coal leases potentially writes a death sentence for thousands
more while the families who have lost loved ones already continue to fight for
their right to benefits.
unfettered advancement of polluting fossil fuel based energy production,
coupled with the rollback of safeguards through the Environmental Protection
Agency equals increased asthma attacks for children in communities that host
polluting facilities, more heart conditions for those in petrochemical
corridors, continued proliferation of cancer clusters in our most vulnerable
communities, and more.
2016 being the hottest year on record, thousand year floods happening annually,
and the first community to be displaced by sea level rise, we have only seen
the tip of the iceberg in terms of climate impacts in the United States. The
federal government’s decision to repeal the previous administrations
progressive climate change policies, we are on course to experience deeper,
more severe catastrophes.
of color and low income communities feel the impact first and more severely due
to pre-existing vulnerabilities. Those vulnerabilities include a lack of
choices in housing inventory, underinsurance and being more likely to dwell in
work to help localities to increase their capacity to adapt to climate change
becomes all the more important. We will continue to work with communities to
ensure that they are in the driver’s seat when it comes to decision making
regarding spearheading, implementing, and evaluating local climate action
plans. We will continue to work with Climate Central and NOAA to empower
communities to assess risks and vulnerabilities to sea level rise and develop
plans for addressing the impact of water overtaking the land. In addition, we
will continue to work with Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American
Red Cross to prepare communities for disaster and ensure that they receive
equitable resources to coordinate disaster response.
the same time, we are working to mitigate the advancement of climate change by
establishing local clean air ordinances at the municipal levels in addition to
urging states to follow the visionary examples of California and Iowa; two
states that have already made significant strides in the clean energy
transition that will be necessary nationwide to stem the tide toward more
catastrophic climate change.
firmly refute the idea that a choice has to be made between sustainable
well-paying jobs or turning the tide of catastrophic climate change. Jobs which
historically have created irreversible changes in life as we know it and in
some cases, obliterated lives altogether.
one out of every 50 jobs in the United States being a solar job, the solar
sector alone is in the top 10 fastest growing sectors in the United States with
374,000 solar jobs in 2016 and a growth rate that is 12 times that of the U.S.
economy. A wind turbine technician is the fastest growing profession in the
United States. Energy efficiency, which reduces pollution and saves customers
from their energy bills, offers 1.9 million jobs and, if prioritized, stands to
creates 245,000 more jobs in 2017 alone. And the list goes on.
refuse to allow political pandering to come at the stake of the lives of our
communities when we know that there is an alternative that creates hundreds of
thousands of jobs while upholding the well-being of workers and communities and
preserving the environment upon which we all rely for our very existence.