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“African Americans are more likely to live near coal-fired power plants, oil and gas refining plants, [and other] energy generating facilities, and suffer the ill effects of that,” says Jacqui Patterson, senior director for the NAACP’s Environmental & Climate Justice Program

Systemic racism and energy issues are connected in multiple ways, NAACP’s Jacqui Patterson explains.

Energy and climate have long been a part of the NAACP’s civil rights program, long before many white-led climate and environmental groups accelerated their commitments to racial equity in the wake of mass protests over the police killing of George Floyd.

Among other things, for example, the NAACP’s 2010 Climate Justice Toolkit outlines why climate change especially matters to people of color and includes renewable energy

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