Welcome to the ECC Coalition
The Energy and Climate Change (ECC) Coalition is is a broad coalition of organizations representing people of color, low/fixed income persons and minority-owned business on matters related to energy and climate policy.
ECC COALITION STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
What We Know
The Obama Administration and the 111th Congress have set out on an aggressive agenda to reshape America’s energy and climate policy. Legislative initiatives and federal agency proposals have emerged, that if enacted, will forever change the industrial and manufacturing sectors in the U.S. Furthermore, because of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling granting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to regulate carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act, mandatory energy and climate change legislation is not necessary to make climate change policy a national reality. The EPA has begun its regulatory process by issuing its endangerment finding in December 2009.
Without question, these policies will profoundly impact minorities and low-/fixed- income communities. This statement of principles is meant to provide a framework to ensure that the interests and concerns of these vulnerable communities are explicitly addressed in the larger public policy debate on energy and climate issues.
What We Want
Protection of Vulnerable Communities
Contain and Mitigate Costs to Consumers: Because low-and-fixed income households spend a greater share of their budget on energy costs than do higher income households, they are destined to shoulder a disproportionately higher share of energy costs. To help prevent energy and climate change policy from being unfairly burdensome on some households, we believe cost containment measures that mitigate adverse economic impacts on consumers are necessary components of any viable climate change policy.
Create Jobs and Promote Economic Development: While unemployment has reached double digit figures throughout the Nation, African-American and Hispanic communities have borne the brunt of the nation’s economic downturn, with unemployment rates significantly higher in these communities than the national average. Minority and low-and-fixed income persons must demand an equitable level of “public investment” in programs to train, employ and provide business opportunities in their communities. To this end, a national partnership is needed between affected groups, government and industry to develop “economic opportunities, leadership and ownership,” through education and training, job creation and entrepreneurship.
Statement of Principles for Energy and Climate Change Policy
We believe that any energy and climate program must include:
- Measures to reduce and mitigate the impact of costs on low- and fixed-income consumers;
- Policies that create jobs and ensure small business opportunities for minorities in the energy and clean technology sectors, including federal and state incentives and requirements to promote diversity in hiring, procurement, contracting and access to capital.
- Education and training programs to prepare minorities for careers and business ownership in the array of services and technologies necessary to develop and deliver cleaner, more diverse, domestic energy sources.
- Public awareness and outreach initiatives aimed at developing energy efficiency and conservation programs for minority and low- and fixed-income communities, thereby lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
- Resources and incentives for vulnerable communities to help them adapt to climate change impacts and transition to lower-carbon economies, while ensuring environmental justice protections.
We are committed to working with the President, the Congress, states, international bodies and other key stakeholders to enact environmentally effective, economically sustainable and fair energy and climate policy consistent with these principles.