Environmental and climate justice region iii 2013 finalPresentation Transcript
Environmental and Climate Justice Region III 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 CommunitiesWhere does American’s waste really go?
LandfillsClinton Hill Landfill in Dewitt County, IL
Number of Landfills by State in Region IIIKentucky: 31Illinois: 40Indiana: 32Michigan: 54Ohio: 40West Virginia: 22Wisconsin: 46Indiana and Michigan are the third and fourthrespectively largest net importer of solid waste inthe United StatesEx: Michigan imports about 11.5 million cubicyards or 20% of its solid waste from other statesand Canada.
Incinerators Annual local economic impact on the Detroit economy is $25 millionCovanta Michigan Waste Energy Incinerator in Detroit
Waste Being Dumped in Our Communities
Biomass FacilitiesFormer E. J. Stoneman Station Coal-Fired Power Plant, now a DTE Energy Stoneman Station Biomass Power Plant in Cassville, Wisconsin
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
Regulations on Fracking? Halliburton Loophole
Rubbertown in Louisville, Kentucky“Everyone in Rubbertown knows someone with cancer”
Deepwater Horizon Incident
Deepwater Horizon Incident
Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert, Michigan Ranked has been ranked by the Nuclear RegulatoryCommission as one of the four worst nuclear plants in the United States “Its an accident waiting to happen"
Industry and our Children http://content.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/smokestack/index
Industry and our Children http://content.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/smokestack/index
Failing Coal Plants in Region III
Illinois City Plant Name 3-mile State 3-mile Grade Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage population Chicago Crawford $11,097 48.0% 83.9% F Chicago Fisk Street $15,076 65.3% 83.1% FWaukegan Waukegan $16,197 70.1% 72.1% F Joliet Joliet 9/Joliet $18,810 81.4% 41.7% F 29Springfield Dallman/ $19,288 83.5% 29.1% F Lakeside Pekin Powerton $16,614 71.9% 8.2% F
Illinois cont’d City Plant Name 3-mile State 3-mile Grade Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage Population Baldwin Baldwin $13,419 58.1% 51.7% F Alton Wood River $16,381 70.9% 12.4% FRomeoville Will County $20,997 90.9% 15.3% FBartonville E.D. Edwards $18,493 80.0% 2.6% D- Decatur Archer $17,112 74.1% 24.3% D- Daniels Midland DecaturHennepin Hennepin $15,635 67.7% 42.2% D-
Waukegan Generating Station
Indiana City Plant 3-mile State 3-mile Grade Name Average Income population Income Percentage Hammond State Line $14,408 70.6% 78.9% F EnergyNew Albany R $12,868 63.1% 60.8% F Gallagher Michigan Michigan $16,523 81.0% 29.7% F City CityIndianapolis Harding $17,092 83.8% 8.3% F Street Madison Clifty $17,546 86.0% 5.6% F CreekTerre Haute Wabash $15,989 78.4% 5.1% D- River Princeton Gibson $14,604 71.6% 3.1% D
Michigan City Plant
R. Gallagher Generating Station
Kentucky City Plant Name 3-mile State 3-mile Grade Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage populationLouisville Cane Run $17,104 94.5% 16.9% D-Louisville Mill Creek $14,766 81.6% 5.9% D West Shawnee $15,618 86.3% 9.2% D+Paducah
Michigan City Plant Name 3-mile State 3-mile Grade Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage population River River Rouge $13,037 58.8% 65.3% F Rouge Lansing Eckert $17,959 81.0% 39.2% FMuskegon B C Cobb $15,161 68.4% 37.6% F Monroe Monroe $19,202 86.6% 15.8% F Trenton Trenton $29,078 131.2% 5.9% F ChannelMarquette Presque Isle $16,374 73.9% 5.6% FEssexville Karn/Weadock $20,962 94.6% 6.7% D Lansing Erickson $22,757 102.7% 34.0% D+
River Rouge Plant
Ohio City Plant 3-mile State 3-mile Grade Name Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage PopulationCleveland Lake Shore $10,866 51.7% 90.6% FWilloughby Eastlake $20,947 99.7% 3.3% FAberdeen J.M. Stuart $13,094 62.3% 13.7% D- Niles Niles $18,490 88.0% 4.0% D-Shadyside R E Burger $15,910 75.8% 2.3% D
Lake Shore Plant
Ohio cont’d City Plant 3-mile State 3-mile Grade Name Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage population Brilliant Cardinal $16,512 78.6% 2.1% D+ Oregon Bay Shore $19,595 93.9% 13.2% D+Ashtabula Ashtabula $16,493 78.5% 11.5% D+Stratton W.H. $16,649 79.3% 2.1% D+ SammisAvon Lake Avon Lake $25,839 123.0% 4.5% D+
West Virginia City Plant 3-mile State 3-Mile Grade Name Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage PopulationWinfield John Amos $19,473 118.2% 2.3% D+
Wisconsin City Plant 3-mile State 3-mile Grade Name Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage PopulationMilwaukee Valley $12,852 60.4% 66.0% FGreen Bay Pulliam $16,275 76.5% 22.5% FSheboygan Edgewater $18,812 88.4% 15.7% D-Madison Blount $18,281 85.9% 18.0% F Street
Effects of Polluting Waste and Energy Facilities
Effects of Pollution
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
Shifts in Agricultural Yields
Food Insecurity in the USCorner Store Supermarket
Feast and Famine in Urban America Corner Store Supermarket
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 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.
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 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
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
$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. 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.
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
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 III STATE ENERGY RENEWABLE NET EFFICIENCY ENERGY METERING STANDARD STANDARD IllinoisDistrict of NO YES YES Yes Yes YesColumbiaIndiana Yes Yes YesMaryland YES YES YESKentucky No No YesMichigan Yes Yes Yes Ohio Yes Yes Yes
Progressive Energy Policies in Region III cont’d STATE ENERGY RENEWABLE NET EFFICIENCY ENERGY METERING STANDARD STANDARD District ofWest Virginia NO No YES Yes YES Yes ColumbiaWisconsin Yes Yes Yes
Educating Ourselves in Chicago
Engaging with the EPA
Strategy Sessions with HBCUS and Academic Research Institutions
Support Minority-OwnedClean Energy Businesses
Makes Allies with Other Community Groups
Advancing Just Policy
Legal Action--MATS Intervention
Local, Cooperative Communities
Local Cooperative Communities
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 email@example.com