21 March 2022
Climate Regulations Cause Environmental Injustice
Black Activists Condemn the Biden Agenda’s Costs
Washington, D.C. – Members of the Project 21 black leadership network called President Bidens energy agenda an environmental injustice, noting that poor and minority Americans will be hurt the most by policies that restrict access to affordable energy.
Derrick Hollie, a Project 21 member, stated that energy injustice by the Biden Administration is driving poverty in the form of preventing individuals and families from being financially able to pay basic heating, electric, and gasoline costs. Green policies have a negative financial effect on vulnerable populations, including those who are low-income, rural, or senior citizens.
Having called climate change an earlier time Existential threatBiden used his State of the Union address to announce his new policy. PushIncreased reliance on unreliable energy sources, expensive electric vehicles, and weatherization of existing buildings to reduce carbon emissions. These policies, Biden claimed, would save consumers money. However Project 21 members warn that it is disproportionately difficult to get buy-in for these policies among lower-class Americans as well as those who are moving up into the middle classes.
Sean Jointer, a Project 21 member, stated that climate change policies have already had a significant impact on low-income and minority families. Liberals are totally unaware that it can now take as much as two days to fill up a gas tank for some people. As if this wasn’t enough, there are groceries available and personal items that can be considered luxury items for moderate- to low-income families. Liberals who claim they are friends of the poor shouldn’t intentionally create difficult times of courage or faith. It is now that punitive climate-change policies are broken. Now is the time for other solutions.
Recent Pew Research pollThe American public is not keen to eliminate fossil fuels, according to a survey. 69% of respondents supported alternative sources of energy. However, 31% of those surveyed wanted to eliminate the use oil, natural gas, or coal.
Climate change policies are a disservice for the middle class, but they are especially harsh on the working class’ minorities. In other words, its not an environmental issue – its an economic issue, said Project 21 member Derryck Green. Consider the costs of building restrictions, environmental impact surveys, time delays, and state-mandated renewable energy resources, as well as other environmental regulations related homebuilding. These policies, in essence, price racial minority residents who otherwise would be able to afford a home on the housing market. While progressives claim to be for minorities, their policies tend to disadvantage those who are part of the middle class or those on the rise in the socioeconomic ladder.
Biden’s climate policy policies on climate change have adisproportionate impact on black economic well being. Emery McClendon, a Project 21 member, stated that many of the industries targeted in his proposed policies are located within minority communities. Many minorities, who struggle to make ends meets, will face new challenges as their financial resources, which provide essential daily expenses, must be diverted to pay for increased taxes, insurance, and other fees associated with climate change regulations. For minorities, and those already living in poverty, the American Dream is less possible.
Michael Austin, a Project 21 member, stated that sound economic principles can help us find a solution. The only solution for low-income Americans is a free-energy market.
It is available in its Blueprint for a Better Deal in Black AmericaProject 21 called for a minority impact assessment to be performed on new federal regulations. This would ensure that both the positive and negative effects of these regulations on homeownership, job growth, wages and prices are known prior to they are enacted.
Judy Kent can be reached at 703-477-7476 to schedule an interview with Project 21 about this or any other issue.
The National Center for Public Policy Research sponsors Project 21, which has been a leading voice for black conservatives for more than 25 years. Its members have been quoted and interviewed over 40,000 times, since the program was established in 1992.
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