NAACP Statement on 3 Million Comments for EPA Carbon Pollution StandardAugust 14, 2012
(Washington, DC) – NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program today released the following statements on the three-million comments received by the EPA on the proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for industrial carbon pollution from new power plants:
“Carbon pollution equals threats to vulnerable communities, particularly communities of color,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “NAACP members came out in force and packed EPA hearings in Chicago and Washington, DC, to testify that the EPA Carbon Pollution Standard is needed to protect us against dangerous heat waves, rising waters and flooding, severe storms, and drought, and the resulting uptick in asthma attacks, displacement, loss of business and loss of life, all of which we have sadly witnessed this year.”
“Communities of color from Illinois, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Mississippi and elsewhere shared their personal stories of the environmental, economic, and health impacts they were witnessing in their communities,” stated Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environment and Climate Justice Program. “Collectively, their stories demonstrated the need for Carbon Pollution Standards to achieve environmental and climate justice and protect the well-being of their families and communities. The EPA is on the right path to protect people against the effects of climate change, and secure a safer, healthier, happier future for us all.”
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.