Underserved Communities Call for Strong Clean Air Act

Groups ask Congress to oppose legislation that would block EPA from enforcing act to fight global warming

11-15-2010 // Miguel Mejia
Capitol building

Today, nearly 90 allies and representatives of low-income communities and communities of color sent a letter to members of the House and Senate asking them to oppose any legislation that would block or delay EPA from enforcing the Clean Air Act to fight global warming. Organizations on the letter, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Latino Coalition on Climate Change (NLCCC), and state and regional groups, recognize the Clean Air Act’s 40 year record of protecting public health while holding polluters properly accountable.

The letter states that air pollution and global warming threaten our most underserved communities and communities of color within the United States. Studies have shown that 68 percent of African Americans live within 30 miles of a coal-fired power plant and 66 percent of Latinos live in areas that do not meet the federal government’s air quality standards.

“Our current approach to global warming pollution is an expensive gamble, which threatens our public health, our infrastructure, our food and water supplies, and our economic competitiveness,” said Marc Littlejohn of the National Wildlife Federation’s Fair Climate Project. “Today, organizations from across the country are standing up to protect the Clean Air Act to provide better health and opportunities for our communities.”

NWF’s Fair Climate Project is working to bring together diverse voices to advance equitable and just solutions to climate change as well as affect decisions that will create safe and healthy communities.

Read the letter here .