Environmental and climate justice in region vi 2013Presentation Transcript
Environmental and Climate Justice Region VI The Path to Transformation for Our Communities
OVERVIEWWhat We’re Up AgainstWhat Are Our AssetsHow Do We Eliminate Threats and Optimize Our StrengthsRe-envisioning Community
Our Current Course
Waste and Communities
Waste Being Dumped in OurCommunities
Deepwater Horizon Incident
Cushing, Oklahoma Cushing, Oklahoma looks like a lovely little town with an affluent past. It is, some would say, one of the key oil centers of the United States. The people of Cushing have thrived for generations due to the wealth brought in by oil. But have all of the people of Cushing thrived, or just the Caucasian ones? If you go to Cushing to see President Obama Thursday morning, be sure to ride through the old Black community and see how it looks. It is a symbol of what Cushing did to the Blacks who lived there. Many of the Black folks have died of cancer and the ones still living there seem to be plagued with mysterious illnesses.
Coal Power in New Mexico City Plant 3-mile State 3-mile P.O.C. Grade Name Average Income Population Income PercentageFruitland Four $6,762 39.2% 94.9% F Corners Prewitt Escalante $6,701 38.8% 90.2% FWaterflow San Juan $11,982 69.4% 74.9% F
Four Corners Generating Station
Louisiana City Plant Name 3-mile State 3-Mile Grade Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage Population Lena Rodemacher $11,154 66.0% 66.7% F New Big Cajun 2 $16,983 100.4% 49.5% D- RoadsMansfield Dolet Hills $13,767 81.4% 50.3% D
Oklahoma City Plant 3-mile State 3-mile Grade Name Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage PopulationPanama AES $13,636 77.3% 19.0% D+ Shady PointRed Rock Sooner $13,555 76.8% 44.8% D+Chouteau Chouteau $14,026 79.5% 26.2% D+
TEXAS City Plant 3-Mile State 3-Mile Grade Name Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage PopulationAmarillo Harrington $9,134 46.6% 46.3% F San Spruce/ $17,703 90.2% 42.6% DAntonio Deely Sudan Tolk $14,050 71.6% 49.7% D Tatum Martin $14,863 75.8% 33.8% D+ LakeChristina San Miguel $15,583 79.4% 49.4% D+
Increase in Extreme Weather
Obliteration of Communities and Erosion of Cultures
Who is Recovering/Returning?
Port Gibson—Grand Gulf
Shifts in Agricultural Yields
Food Insecurity in the USCorner Store Supermarket
Feast and Famine in Urban America Corner Store Supermarket
Sea Level Rise
Profits Over People
Anti-Regulatory Investments Company Total Spent on Lobbying in 2010 Southern Company $13,220,000 Edison International $13,080,000American Electric Power $10,313,196 Duke Energy $4,800,000 Dominion $2,050,000 First Energy $1,865,000 Xcel Energy $1,720,000 DTE Energy $1,500,000
Fighting Renewable EnergySouthern Company successfully opposed a plan to create a national electricity market in 2004 and has dedicated significant money and effort to fighting the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which would require utilities to purchase 15% of their power from renewable sources by 2020.
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CEO Compensation for 2010 at Companies Owning the Top EJ Offenders Company CEO Name CEO Compensation Edison International Theodore F. Craver Jr. $9,536,038 Dominion Thomas F. Farrell II $16,924,385 DTE Energy Gerald M. Anderson $5,601,383 Duke Energy James E. Rogers $8,815,181 Xcel Energy Richard C. Kelly $9,956,433 Southern Company Thomas A. Fanning $6,019,151 First Energy Anthony J. Alexander $11,627,657[i] AFL-CIO CEO Pay Database, Accessed November 2011 http://www.aflcio.org/corporatewatch/paywatch/ceou/industry_2011.cfm
Deepening DisparityThe average CEO compensation for these companies in 2010 was $9,782,889 while the average worker in these companies made $33,840.On average the CEOs at these companies were compensated at 289 times the rate of compensation for the average worker.
African Americans and Energy $40 Billion 1.1% .01%
Our Overall Economic Plight While the national rate of unemployment during February 2012, was 8.3% that rate is nearly double of African Americans at 14.1%. A report by the Pew Research Center revealed that the wealth divide between whites and people of color hit a record high in 2009, with the median wealth of white households 20 times higher than black households
Achieving 75% waste diversion in 2030 would:• Create 1.5 million new jobs• Lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 515 million tons (~72 coal plants or 50 million cars)• Significantly reduce pollution impacting human & ecological health
$8 million for $600 million 1,500 ton- for 1,500 ton- per-day per-day recycling incinerator centerSlide courtesy Brenda Platt, ILSR
Recycling Recology, San Francisco’s primary recycling, composting and waste company, employs more than 1,000 workers who are represented by the Teamsters. Some 118 new employees have been hired in recent years to sort recyclables and monitor the collection routes in order to meet San Francisco’s aggressive recycling goals.
Diversion from Landfills=JOBS In Seattle 2009, nearly 100,000 tons of organic waste was diverted from landfills by the city of Seattle’s program. The city of Seattle’s waste diversion efforts not only benefit the environment, but also sustain family- supporting jobs for the more than 1,000 solid waste and recycling drivers and transfer station employees in Seattle and King County who are represented by the Teamsters Union.
California 115,000 jobs in recyclingIllinois 40,000 jobs in recyclingNew York 32,200 jobs in recyclingMinnesota 18,000 jobs in reuseNorth Carolina 15,000 jobs in recyclingMassachusetts 13,900 jobs in recyclingSan Francisco 1,000 union jobs
Promoting Local OwnershipLocal ownership programs can create two to three times as many jobs per megawatt produced. And these local jobs keep over three times as much money and wealth in a community compared to big companies.
Promoting Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
Why Progressive Energy Policies? ENERGY EFFICIENCY: The less energy we use, the less we are polluting, the less our communities are exposed to pollution ,and the less we are advancing climate change, which also disproportionately harms our communities. CLEAN ENERGY: The more clean energy we use, the less harmful energy we are using saving our community health, property values, and the sustainability of our environment.
Cooperative/Low Fuel Transportation
Solar Powered Homes/Businesses/Communities
Defining Progressive Energy Policies Renewable Portfolio Standards —States commit to a minimum amount of their energy mix that will come from renewable sources Should be mandatory Should be at least 25% by 2025 Energy Efficiency Standards —States commit to reducing their energy consumption Should be mandatory Should be at least 1% annual reduction of previous year retail electricity sales. Net Metering– Utility customers who generate their energy through renewable sources are able to sell excess energy generated back to the grid for the same purchasing price utility companies charge for electricity.
Progressive Energy Policies in Region VI STATE ENERGY RENEWABLE NET EFFICIENCY ENERGY METERING STANDARD STANDARD Arkansas YES NO YESNew Mexico YES YES YES Louisiana NO NO YESOklahoma NO YES YES Texas YES YES YES
Educating Ourselves in Chicago
Engaging with the EPA
Advancing Just Policy
Legal Action--MATS Intervention
Local, Cooperative Communities
Local Cooperative Communities
Together We CAN!
!! JOIN US !! Conduct a Community Assessment and Develop an Action Plan Start a Coal Blooded Campaign Start a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Campaign Start an Energy Efficiency Standard Campaign Start a Net Metering Campaign Initiate a Clean Energy or Energy Efficiency Demonstration Project Develop a Disaster Plan Start an Eco-District in Your Municipality Launch a Youth and College 10,000 Steps Campaign
Our Resources 2010 Climate Justice Toolkit Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People—National Report Coal Blooded Action Toolkit 10,000 Steps Youth and College Toolkit Beasts of the Southern Wild Discussion Guide Coming Soon Just Energy Policies State By State Compendium ECJ Comprehensive Toolkit Black Church ECJ Toolkit
Thank You Jacqui PattersonDirector, Environmental and Climate Justice Program 443-465-9809 email@example.com