Hip Hop Caucus Joins Letter to President Biden on a Proposed Power Plant Rule

Dear Mr. President:

As organizations dedicated to achieving environmental and climate justice, we urgently request your attention to the racial inequities in the proposed rule for power plants and the risks posed to Black, Indigenous, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander communities. We work in collaboration with community-based organizations (CBOs), who are building their capacities to reduce toxic pollution, decrease climate risks, and engage in building an equitable and renewable energy economy. We stand with the hundreds of environmental and climate justice organizations working at national, regional, and state levels in opposing this rule.

We commend Administrator Michael S. Regan for his leadership at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and compassionate focus on community concerns in the Journey to Justice tour, which launched in November 2021. We were pleased to offer White House Senior Advisor John Podesta the opportunity to speak to over 150 CBOs from across the country at Justice40: A Time for Righteous Investment, a national convening in New Orleans held on August 16, 2023. The tremendous progress marked by these occasions and the steadfast work to advance community-led solutions for environmental and climate justice must continue.

However, the proposed rule would set back hard-won achievements in pollution reduction, community restoration, and equitable climate action. The proposed rule for power plants would increase harmful co-pollutant air emissions and create significant health and safety risks at existing power plants, which are disproportionately located in close geographic proximity to Black and other communities of color. The rule would allow these power plants to either adopt the failed technology of capturing and storing hazardous carbon dioxide or employ inherently dangerous hydrogen co-firing. This rule strays from the goal of pollution reduction by introducing new pathways of harmful exposure and public health threats from carbon dioxide and hydrogen in our communities.

Read the full letter here.