Environmental and climate justice region i 2013 finalPresentation Transcript
Environmental and Climate Justice Region I The Path to Transformation for Our Communities
OVERVIEW What We’re Up Against What Are Our Assets How Do We Eliminate Threats and Optimize Our Strengths Re-envisioning Community
Our Current Course
Waste and CommunitiesWhere does American’s waste really go?
Waste Being Dumped in Our Communities
Landfills in Region IAlaska: 3Arizona: 20California: 112Hawaii: 8Idaho: 6Nevada: 4Oregon: 11Utah:11Washington:14
Landfills Kettleman City and Buttonwillow are two of threelow-income, Latino communities where California’s toxic waste dumps are located. Both haveexperienced unexplained birth defect clusters, high cancer rates and other health effects
IncineratorsStericycle, Inc. operates Utah’s only commercial medicalwaste incinerator in Salt Lake City Utah.•Last commercial medical waste incinerator in the westernregion as Stericycle has replaced incineration in bothCalifornia and Arizona with safer, non-incinerationtreatment technologies.•Stericycle burns waste from all over Utah and California,Arizona, Colorado and Texas at the facility in North SaltLake City.
Industry and our Children http://content.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/smokestack/index
Deepwater Horizon Incident
Richmond Oil Refinery—A History of Environmental Injustice
Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)
Effects of Fracking Brainbridge, Ohio: home explosion and contaminated drinking waterGranger Township, Ohio: explosive levels of natural gas in community’s drinking water (federal level of explosivity is 1% and inside one of the homes tested was an alarming 20%)
Fracking AccidentsAppomattox, VirginiaNatural gas pipelineexplosion
Nuclear Reactors in the US
Nuclear Waste ShippedFrom California to Utah
Failing Coal Plants in Region I
Arizona City Plant 3-mile State 3-mile Grade Name Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage PopulationTucson H.Wilson $10,258 50.6% 74.7% F SundtJoseph Cholla $13,096 64.6% 27.3% D City Saint Coronado $12,470 61.5% 33.4% D Johns Page Navajo $18,294 90.2% 38.4% D+Springer Springerville $13,255 65.4% 31.0% D+ ville
H Wilson SundtGenerating Station Tucson, AZ
CaliforniaCity Plant Name 3-mile State 3-Mile Grade Average Income P.O.C. Income Percenta Population geTrona ACE $16,347 72.0% 24.1% D+ Cogeneration
ACE Congeneration Trona, California
Hawaii City Plant 3-mile State 3-Mile Grade Name Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage PopulationKapolei AES $20,931 97.2% 87.0% F Hawaii
Kahe Power Plant Leeward, Oahu
Nevada City Plant 3-mile State 3-Mile Grade Name Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage PopulationMoapa Reid $14,392 65.5% 52.8% D- Gardner
Reid-Gardner Power Plant Moapa, Nevada
Oregon City Plant 3-mile State 3-Mile Grade Name Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentag Population eBoardman Boardman $13,982 66.8% 48.6% D-
Boardman Coal Plant Boardman, Oregon
Effects of Polluting Waste and Energy Facilities
Effects of Pollution
We need to take control!We need to take control!We need to take control! Of this climate!<Repeat>It’s getting hot! Yeah it’s heating up!!The climate’s changing! How it’saffecting us!!You mean the floods storms, droughts,and fires.
And heat related deaths in the US is gettinghigher!Now who at risk? You at risk? So what you doin’?Neighborhoods affected by all this air pollution…..It’s not amusing. It’s a problem . It’s solution!Decreasing carbon footprint…..it’s really not hardto do it.I been going green since I was a little kid. In myhood the heat is killing kids!
Get Your Green Classhttp://soundcloud.com/getyourgreen123/green-team-climate-control
I speak for the climate. Yeah, I’m the earth’sventriloquist!Those heat waves, I know you feeling it.Stop burning that coal. Use propane when yougrilling it cause it could harm your respiratoryAsk these politicians for change. They ain’t doingnothing for me.They pollute around my area cuz we ain’t in theycategory!We need to take control! Of this climate!Ladder to prosperity…I’m ready to climb it!
This country’s morals, laws…..Somebody help mefind itOur eco-death certificate. They ready to sign it!And I ain’t having that, especially not around myhabitat! And that’s mainly where it happen at!They acting upon us. So that’s the reason why weacting back.Protesting, lobbying,….. Going green is myhobby, man.Stop drilling for fossils. Worry ‘bout tomorrow!
Keep going at this rate, the whole earthgoing be in sorrow. No resources toborrow.I said let’s take control of our climate andyour carbon footprint, please try to declineit!It’s getting hot! Yeah, it’s heating up! Theclimate’s changing! How it’s affecting us….
Impacts---Extreme Weather Hurricanes Drought Floods Earthquakes Tropical Cyclones Landslides WildFires Heat or Cold Waves and much more….
Surge in Damaging Tornadoes
Obliteration of Communities and Erosion of Cultures
Who is Recovering/Returning?
Port Gibson—Grand Gulf
Relief, Recovery, Redevelopment
Who is able to respond?
Who’s Making the Decisions?
Who Is Delivering Assistance?
Shifts in Agricultural Yields
Shifts in Agricultural Yields
Food Insecurity in the USCorner Store Supermarket
Feast and Famine in Urban America Corner Store Supermarket
Sea Level Rise
Sea Level Rise
Countries Disappearing of the Map?
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 Energy Southern 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.
CNN NEWSROOM-Hurricane IssacMALVEAUX: And Senator, finally, why is it thatPlaquemines Parish did not get that support for alevee?LANDRIEU: Because the Corps of Engineers has aformula that they use to determine where they aregoing to build or reinforce the levees, based oneconomic impact ….you get less points if there isless of an economic impact……
CEO Compensation for 2010 at Companies Owning the Top EJ Offenders Company CEO Name CEO CompensationEdison International Theodore F. Craver Jr. $9,536,038Dominion Thomas F. Farrell II $16,924,385DTE Energy Gerald M. Anderson $5,601,383Duke Energy James E. Rogers $8,815,181Xcel Energy Richard C. Kelly $9,956,433Southern Company Thomas A. Fanning $6,019,151First 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 Disparity The 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
Diverting WasteAchieving 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
Slide 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. Over 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.
Promoting Local Ownership Local 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
Churches Can Become Energy Efficient too!
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 I STATE ENERGY RENEWABLE NET EFFICIENCY ENERGY METERING STANDARD STANDARD AlaskaDistrict of NO YES YES NO YES YESColumbia Arizona YES YES YESMaryland YES YES YESCalifornia YES YES YES Hawaii YES YES YES Idaho NO NO NO
Progressive Energy Policies in Region I cont’d STATE ENERGY RENEWABLE NET EFFICIENCY ENERGY METERING STANDARD STANDARD NevadaDistrict of NO YES YESColumbia Oregon NO YES YES Utah NO YES YESWashington YES YES YES
HBCU Leadership in Research
Black Leadership inJust Energy Entrepreneurship
Taking it To the Street toDemand Corporate Social Responsibility
Local, Cooperative Communities
Local Cooperative Communities
Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Legal Action--MATS Intervention
Engaging with the EPA
Advancing Just Policy
Together We CAN!
!! JOIN US !! Start an Environmental and Climate Justice Committee 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 Coming Soon Just Energy Policies State By State Compendium ECJ Comprehensive Toolkit Black Church ECJ Toolkit Beasts of the Southern Wild Discussion Guide
What Will Your Branch Do?
Thank You Jacqui PattersonDirector, Environmental and Climate Justice Program 443-465-9809 firstname.lastname@example.org