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Press Statement April 25, 2024

NAACP Commends Biden-Harris Administration on Fossil Fuel Reduction Initiatives

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April 25, 2024 

Contact: Alicia Mercedes, 

WASHINGTON - Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced rules to reduce pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants to provide protections against pollution and to improve public health. This initiative will significantly reduce climate, air, water, and land pollution from the power sector and advance environmental justice while confronting climate issues. The move comes as the NAACP and advocates across the nation have stepped up to respond to our nation's fossil fuel crisis, calling for cleaner solutions for a more positive environmental impact.

Abre' Conner, NAACP Director of Environmental and Climate Justice shared the following statement:

"The burden of climate change falls disproportionately on Black communities and remains an ongoing fight for racial equity. Fossil fuels continue to power the climate emergency that Black Americans face every day - only tangible change can put a halt to this crisis. We commend the EPA for working to secure a future where Black lives are no longer impacted by climate injustice and where we can all enjoy clean air. There is finally a clear plan to significantly reduce the power plant pollution that is heavily concentrated in Black communities. We look forward to following and engaging in the utility company and state-specific community engagement plans to reduce fossil fuel reliance through these new rules."

The NAACP continues to call on the Biden-Harris Administration to take bold action on climate justice. Our Center for Environmental and Climate Justice remains a frontline advocate for sustainable solutions to the climate crisis and continues to work to protect Black lives disproportionately impacted by environmental inequities.

For more information on our environmental and climate justice work, please visit our website.



The NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for the civil rights due to Black America. Our legacy is built on the foundation of grassroots activism by the biggest civil rights pioneers of the 20th century and is sustained by 21st century activists. From classrooms and courtrooms to city halls and Congress, our network of members across the country works to secure the social and political power that will end race-based discrimination. That work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people. We are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund â€" also referred to as the NAACP-LDF - was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but now operates as a completely separate entity.