We learn about justice at a young age. When a child doesn’t share a toy, another will cry, “It’s not fair!” Sharing and fairness—energy equity and environmental justice—are fundamental to our survival, because the effects of climate change are hurting some groups of people more than others. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is taking steps to establish energy equity and environmental justice throughout the country, and Justice Week (September 12-16, 2022) is a chance to highlight these efforts to ensure no one is left behind in the transition to clean energy.Historically, the benefits of DOE investments have been unevenly distributed among the American people. DOE is working understand the barriers built into its funding opportunities and other forms of assistance to more evenly distribute clean energy technology benefits to all Americans.
Each day of Justice Week, we will spotlight a different energy justice issue. Follow us and join DOE to discuss how best to deliver energy justice across the United States:
The effects of systemic injustices in America over the course of history are clearly visible today, especially regarding climate change: Low-income, Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities suffer the most from fossil fuel impacts. This inequity jeopardizes health and safety, and the Biden-Harris Administration has declared it unacceptable. On his first day in office, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Th …