8/27/14, "The (EPA) teleconference was hosted by the environmental group Green For
"Green For All acknowledges the need to disrupt the current economy,
because we understand that our
current economy was based upon human
the exploitation of labor, and
8/27/14, "EPA Chief: CO2 Regulations Are About ‘Justice’ For ‘Communities Of Color’," Daily Caller, M. Bastasch
"The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed global warming
regulations aren’t just about stemming global temperature rises —
according to agency’s chief, they are also about “justice” for
“communities of color.”
“Carbon pollution standards are an issue of justice,” said EPA
Administrator Gina McCarthy in a teleconference call with environmental
activists. “If we want to protect communities of color, we need to
protect them from climate change.”
McCarthy is referring to the EPA’s proposed rule that would limit
carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The agency says the
rule will not only help fight global warming, but will also improve
public health as coal-fired power plants are shuttered. McCarthy,
however, put special emphasis on how the rule would reduce asthma rates,
which affect African-American children.
“Asthma disproportionately affects African-American kids,” McCarthy
added. “In just the first year these standards go into effect, we’ll
avoid up to 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks — and those
numbers go up from there.”
“These standards are also doing more than to just address public
health. By the time these standards are fully in place in 2030, the
average household will also save $8 a month on electricity and create
thousands of jobs that can’t be shipped overseas,” McCarthy said.
The teleconference was hosted by the environmental group Green For
All. The group bills itself as an outreach organization seeking to
educate “communities of color” about fighting global warming. But Green
For All also describes itself as “radical enough to push a deeply
“Green For All acknowledges the need to disrupt the current economy,
because we understand that our current economy was based upon human
trafficking, the exploitation of labor, and violent racism,” according to the group’s website.
["Our Philosophy"] “We are safe enough to be invited into spaces where power-building
groups are not, and radical enough to push a deeply justice-based agenda
in those spaces. We are radical enough to partner with grassroots
organizations when other national groups are turned away, and enough of
an ally to offer resources and support in those spaces.”
“As a black woman who suffers from asthma, I know first-hand how
climate change can affect communities of color,” said Nikki Silvestri,
Green For All’s executive director. “We are more susceptible to extreme
weather, storms and heat-related deaths. But, I also know that we want
climate action now.”
On the call, McCarthy and Green For All activists asked attendees to
file regulatory comments in the support of the EPA’s carbon dioxide
The rule has been heavily supported by environmental groups, who have
also been using global warming as a way to extend their activist base
into minority communities. The group 350.org recently published a piece trying to connect the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri to global warming.
“It was not hard for me to make the connection between the tragedy in
Ferguson, Missouri, and the catalyst for my work to stop the climate
crisis,” writes Deirdre Smith, strategic partnership coordinator for the environmental group 350.org.
“To me, the connection between militarized state violence, racism, and climate change was common-sense and intuitive,” she said.
But not everyone in the African-American community has gotten behind the EPA’s proposed power plant regulations.
“African-American businesses, entrepreneurs and workers need to
better understand this rule because the potential impact may hit them
more directly, and more severely, than any other group,” wrote Harry Alford, president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce.
“Higher energy costs could be devastating to small businesses, for
which energy costs are often the highest, or one of the highest,
operating expenses,” Alford wrote. “Thousands of jobs by definition will
be eliminated by this rule, but the same certainty does not exist in
the promise of creating new jobs.”" via Lucianne
Among Green for All Board Members:
"Van Jones, President"
"Wendy Fields-Jacobs, Executive Administrative Assistant To The President, UAW"