IN NAACP on Amos Brown discussing the President Obama’s Clean Power Plan

President Obama On Clean Power Plan/ Getty, Also on the program, reaction from a top local environmental leader to President Barack Obama‘s Clean Power Plan, announced Monday that’s designed to reduce Global Warming and pollution by 2030. The plan has already been bitterly attacked by Governor Mike Pence who vows to defy the President’s proposal and fight it in court. Denise Abdul-Rahman, of the Indiana NAACP’s Environment Committee explained the President’s plan and why it would be beneficial for our African-American community. Abdul-Rahman believes that the opportunity for jobs in solar power and wind power would greatly benefit the Black community under the President’s proposal.
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Indiana NAACP Environmental Climate Justice Chair, Denise Abdul-Rahman Speaks at Indiana Mama Summit April 8, 2015 at the Indiana State House



Indiana Green Outreach June 12, 2015

Good Morning and Thank you to Wendy, and all the Momma’s and Papa’s, Grand’s, and Children, Standing for clean air, healthy communities, standing for our children and environmental climate justice.

 
1‘Indiana is hooked on coal- and that addiction has remained constant for decades.  While many states and countries are moving toward cleaner energy sources, est. 85% of Indiana’s electricity comes from coal- fired power plants.’
 
2’Coal burning is- and has always been-deadly.  According to Journalist Jeff Goodell, quoted in the NAACP Coal Blooded Report, says coals effects on public health are now less apparent than they were.  50 years ago, in industrial states, people were still dropping dead in the streets on days air pollution was particularly bad.  In China and India they still are.  Now, in the US, in Indiana it happens in slow motion, and in ways that don’t translate easily to death Certificates.’
 
3According to our Harding Street Coal Plant Resolution formulated by the Indiana NAACP and the Black Nurses Association of Indianapolis, Inc.  Negative public health effects occurs in states with coal power plants including higher rates of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases and according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the top ten coal-energy producing states which includes the state of Indiana having an average 19% higher lung cancer death rate than the US average.  Prolonged exposures to toxins from these energy production facilities is tied to birth defects, heart disease, asthma attacks, lung disease, and learning difficulties, for example a black child is 3 times as likely to be admitted to the hospital and twice more likely to die from an asthma attack than a white child.  This is Our Quest for Environmental Justice—(Dr. Robert Bullards Book)
 
A recent scientific paper by Shane Evans, student of IU Robert McKinney School of Law, concluded that racial makeup, more specifically, the percent of people who identified as white alone, not Hispanic or Latino, is the most important demographic metric in determining the amount of pollution in 50 Hoosier cities and towns.
 
The Indiana NAACP Clean Power Plan Resolution calls for coal ash to be defined as “special waste” and calls for special disposal—-Drop the lawsuit against EPA Clean Power Plan.
 
The NAACP Resolution Promoting Equitable Access to Clean Energy calls for the United States and we are calling for the State of Indiana it’s Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to find ways to assure universal affordable access to a clean energy portfolio to prevent the recurrence of environmentally racist policies and practices that often contribute to disproportionately high rates of exposure to pollution from fossil fuel and nuclear based energy production and toxic wastes that have plagued African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and other communities of color and low income for decades.  
  
Stop Putting Profits Before The People

Indiana Green Outreach June 12, 2015

Solar a Green Economic Game Changer by Denise Abdul-Rahman



Indiana has an estimated 600 early adopters of rooftop solar.  Rooftop solar and community solar gardens are beneficial to all, but more specifically to low-income, people of color that are primarily disproportionately impacted by environmentally related decisions.  There appears to be no plans for rooftop solar within 1quality of life plans we researched. Environmental opportunities, projects, resources should benefit those most disproportionately impacted.  There are vast benefits to committing to green economics within Hub Zones of Indianapolis and throughout Indiana. 

Game Changers:

Education:  

1. Create solar installation training opportunities benefiting those within the community
2. Ivy Tech does not have a solar installer program within Indianapolis
3. Solar and basic environmental climate justice education within public schools
4. IPS nor FWCS have solar, 2up to 60% of the 125,000 K-12 schools can “go solar” cost effectively.  There are only 12 schools in Indiana with solar. The benefits are economical, educational, healthier and responsible
5. Local nonprofits should be allotted resources to offer programming within thier communities, providing education and jobs.  (in addition, to commitments to entreprenuers, commitments to nonprofits create healthy communities, learning and jobs)

 

Health:

1. Marion county has high ozone levels
2. 3Marion county Head Start children and asthma Prevalence for (2011)
• Early Head Start ages (2-3) 10.3% 
• Head Start  age( 3-5) 13%
• An estimated 150,780  Indiana school aged children (9.8%) currently have asthma (2009)
• Zip codes 46218, 46226, 46250, 46235 and 46229 are 2 to 3 times the county rate

 

3. Black children under the age of 18 visit the ER more frequently than white children in the same age group, the ER rate is 3 times higher
4. Clean energy commitment is a high value to those impacted

 

Energy Poverty:  According to Home Energy Affordability In Indiana ‘Energy efficiency is a necessary, but not sufficient, response to the problem of unaffordable home energy.  Low income efficiency initiatives are inadequately funded to comprehensively address unaffordability.’

 

Crime:   

1. Third most violent city in the nation according to City Data Crime Indianapolis in the Balance
2. Indianapolis, IN unemployment rate February 2015 was 6.4%, Black unemployment is 12.8 as of 2014 according to Bureau of Labor Statistics 

 

Politics:    Create an environmental climate justice committee and add to the Office of Sustainability a division of Environmental Climate Justice Outreach. 

 

Green Economics Benefits :  

We recommend policy creation for roof top solar and community solar garden development.  We recommend solar primarily, because it creates a local hire component for solar installation. It also directly positively impacts the  energy cost of the homeowner or tenant.  In fact, net metering can empower the distributed generator, because they can earn a credit and net zero their energy bill.   We recommend near future policies that start preparing builders, realtor and bankers to begin incorporating solar, as a Socially Corporate Responsible proactive step, toward community reinvestment.  This proactivity will prevent the inevitable…. a  Just Energy gap.  All of the above game changers will have a positive impact on our Indianapolis community.


1MidTown Indy Great Places 2020 http://midtownindy.org/GreatPlaces2020.php

National Solar Schools Census, 2015, http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-schools/brighter-future/

3 Catching your breath:  Asthma in Marion County, December 2011, http://www.mchd.com/pdf/MCPHDasthma_report2011.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report created by Indiana Green Outreach, May 2015

#JUSTENERGY COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT DISCUSSION-BLACKS&SOLAR

PLEASE JOIN US for the REACTION

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH, 6:00 PM

AT KHPREW INSTITUTE, 3549 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN

WE WILL HAVE REACTIONS TO THE HEARING ON HB 1320 AND DISCUSSIONS AROUND HOW CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY IMPACTS OUR COMMUNITIES.

Please go to Khprew Institute website http://kheprw.org/savinglives/  SAVING LIVES.  They are mentoring youth, providing a social incubator for the community and they are Crowdsourced funding a project that includes ROOF-TOP SOLAR.

Their work really exemplifies the mission of the Indiana NAACP Environmental Climate Justice Committee and we are asking you to help us to support their vision.  It is urban, it is youth, it is not-for-profit, it is elderly and it is community.  It is what the Indiana NAACP might call #JUSTENERGY!

JustEnergy !

Let’s Blog and Social Media our discussion!

HINDERING WIND AND SOLAR IS NOT FAIR

Why do the ratepayers continue to get bombarded with infinite rate increase requests?   There is no real consumer protection in HB 1320; however, the bill does facilitate Electric Utility Loss Revenue Protections.   What a Sweet Deal!

House Bill 1320 is a very dangerous bill. It sets a very horrific precedent that allows Electric Utility monopolies to keep on monopolizing and ensuing tactics that will allow them to galvanize enough time to revamp their archaic business model.

The Electric Utility is incurring Revenue Losses. Why? Because industrial powers plants are looming dinosaurs and energy efficiency reduces the use of energy. In fact, once our Electric Energy System is modernized with clean and renewable energy, then we can most likely seize to even contemplate energy efficiency methodologies and goals.

Yesterday evening, on the House floor, Representative Eric Koch, announced that the hearing on HB 1320 will be February 18th, Wednesday at 1:30 pm. The goal of the bill is to provide “fairness and equity” on behalf of a “Typical Customer.”

HB 1320 proposes to impose a tax and completely change the existing Indiana Net Metering Policy.   According to NAACP Just Energy: Reducing Pollution and Creating Jobs, Indiana Report, February 2014, Indiana provides a retail credit for ratepayers with system capacities of 1,000 kW, however, providing credit to ratepayers with system capacities up to 2,000 kW would provide more flexibility and incentives for in-state renewable energy generation and would help individual consumers and small businesses to affordably access clean energy resources.

It is fairer to prop up distributed generating ratepayers, then to prop up Electric Utilities. We believe there are far more benefits to our communities to cultivate a solar and wind friendly environment. The imposition of a Net Metering Tax will hinder solar and wind industry investments in our state, deterring free competition, and as a result hindering the solar industry, minority solar business enterprise opportunities and job opportunities. The Indiana unemployment rate is approximately 5% and among African Americans it is approximately 11%.  The Solar Foundation reports solar industry jobs are eight times greater than oil or gas. In addition, African Americans spent 41 billion on energy in 2009; they only held 1.1% of the energy jobs according to a 2010 study conducted by the American Association of Blacks in Energy.

The Indiana NAACP believes HB 1320 creates uncertainty in the net metering policy and that’s not fair.

Denise Abdul-Rahman-President and CEO