National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
February 01, 2012
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- Following President Obama's call to action on climate in his inaugural address, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Rep. Henry Waxman (CA-33) announced a new bicameral task force to fight climate disruption. The NAACP released the following statements in response.
- Another World is Possible; Another United States is Necessary
- Uplifting Rights for All, Including Mother Earth
- RE: NAACP SUPPORT FOR STRONG FEDERAL STANDARDS TO REDUCE SOOT EMISSIONS ACROSS THE NATION
- On behalf of the NAACP, our nation’s oldest, largest and most widely‐recognized grassroots‐based civil rights organization, I write to applaud efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce harmful emissions of fine particulate matter (PM2.5)—or soot. When inhaled, soot can get deep into lungs and aggravate both respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Inhaling soot over long or even short periods of time can cause premature death, heart attacks, strokes, asthma attacks, and may even cause cancer. All of these diseases are already suffered at disproportionate rates by African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities, and thus the NAACP has a vested interest in reducing the amount of soot that contaminates our air every day.
- This report focuses on the role that coal-fired power plants have in the inequitable health outcomes of low income communities and communities of color in the U.S. and in the contribution of greenhouse gases that drive climate change, the consequences of which also disproportionately impact people of color and low income communities globally.
- Letter in Opposition to H.R. 6213, the No More Solyndras Act
- On behalf of our members and activists across the country we are writing to express our strong opposition to H.R. 6213, the No More Solyndras Act, which is scheduled for the floor Friday, September 14, 2012. H.R. 6213 would do nothing to protect U.S. taxpayers from underwriting the numerous high-risk, capital-intensive fossil and nuclear energy projects already in line to receive billions of dollars in federal financial support through the Title XVII DOE Energy Loan Guarantee Program.
- NAACP Condemns “Stop the War on Coal Act”
- The NAACP spoke out against the “Stop the War on Coal Act” (H.R. 3409), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Oppose HR 3409 Sign-on Letter
- On behalf of our millions of members and activists, we urge you to reject H.R. 3409, the Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012. This bill purports to address coal, but in fact takes aim at a staggering array of basic laws that keep the American public safe; it fundamentally weakens the Clean Air Act and eviscerates the protections of the Clean Water Act.
- NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program today released a statement of support of the three-million comments received by the EPA on the proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for industrial carbon pollution from new power plants.
- NAACP Applauds EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
- Group Letter to Senate to Protect the Clean Air Act, 10.13.11
- Sign-on letter from multiple organizations urging Senate to oppose legislative attacks on the Clean Air Act.