NAACP Condemns “Stop the War on Coal Act”September 21, 2012
(Washington, DC) – The NAACP spoke out against the “Stop the War on Coal Act” (H.R. 3409), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. The bill would hamstring the Environmental Protection Agency, preventing it from enforcing our nation’s anti-pollution laws, and roll back many aspects of the Clean Air Act.
“The NAACP strongly opposes the ‘Stop the War on Coal Act’, stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “This bill is the culmination of years of attacks against the Environmental Protection Agency, and it is an assault on public health. We are outraged that some members of Congress are trying to prevent the EPA from doing its job. The bill attempts to roll back safeguards against toxic emissions that have a disproportionate impact on communities of color.”
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.