by Roy Innis
2011 International Conference on Climate Change
March 9, 2011 - New York City
CORE Partners with
United Nations to
Global Forum on
the Information Age”
from Government, the private sector, science and technology, media,
entertainment and sports from around the world gathered at the
United Nations to convey the message that the global community is
one family with common values.
CORE Co-hosted Global Forum at United Nations
Speakers at the
forum included former President of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari,
actress Julia Ormond; bestselling author Dr. Mehmet C. Oz; Google
Foundation President Larry Brilliant; and BBC News Washington
correspondent Katty Kay.
of the day-long event was that the six core values of the Millennium
Declaration -- freedom, solidarity, equality, tolerance, respect for
nature and shared responsibility have not been given enough
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CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality is today fighting a new Civil
Rights battle for all Americans. That battle is access to
affordable and reliable energy.
that the civil rights challenge of our time is to stop extreme
environmental policies that drive up the cost of energy and
disproportionately hurt low income Americans and the working poor.
us the means to enjoy our civil rights. Abundant, affordable and
reliable energy makes exercising of our freedom possible. Without it
hope, opportunity and progress is hobbled.
Let me give
you one statistic that shows why this is indeed a civil rights
struggle. This finding was made by the American Gas Association.
* The average
median income family in America devotes about a nickel out of every
dollar of income to energy costs.
* The average
low-income family has to devote 20 cents of a dollar to energy.
* And the average
family below the poverty line has to devote as much as 50 cents of
every dollar to buy the energy they need.
rising energy prices discriminate against the poorest among us. It
is a defacto regressive tax on the activity of life.
those politicians and environmental extremist groups that push
policies that raise the cost of energy are waging an outright war on
the poor. And, some of the very politicians in Washington, D.C. who
are pushing policies to raise the cost of energy are members of the
Congressional Black Caucus.
I am hopeful
that some day soon my brothers and sisters in the Caucus will wake
up to what they are truly doing to minorities across this nation.
Now, how does
all of this relate to our discussion today of climate change and
climate solutions? Because our government is about to blow the
price of energy through the roof with so-called “climate
Now, I don’t
subscribe to the theories of climate catastrophe put forward by the
political left. And I
certainly don’t believe that fossil fuel energy use is the prime
driver of climate change.
According to the
United Nation’s own scientific assumptions and climate formula, if
the United States were to shut down every single fossil energy power
plant in the country, and keep them off for the next 100 years, we
would reap a benefit of only seven one-hundreds of one degree
Celsius in reduced global temperature. That is a “benefit” that is
all but immeasurable.
to the catastrophic costs that virtually all experts say these
climate policies will cost us. And remember, that calculation is
based entirely on Al Gore’s science!
Now, I think
it is fair to say that most Americans believe it is a good thing to
reduce the amount of all man-made emissions we pump into the
atmosphere. That is, if we can do it while also create new jobs,
stimulating our economy and maintaining our national security. But
in Washington, D.C., they just don’t get it.
politicians, environmental extremists and even some industry leaders
are positioning themselves for what will be the single largest
feeding frenzy of tax dollars this nation has ever seen – all in the
name of “climate solutions.”
are preparing to raid consumers’ wallets for close to a trillion
dollars through one of two policies: a cap-and-trade scheme or its
close cousin, a carbon tax.
cap-and-trade scheme is nothing more than a cap-and-tax on every
American -- a tax that will hurt poor families the most. A carbon
tax would so the same. As we all know, it will be the poor who will
suffer the most under either of these policies.
what? We are in luck! Politicians in Washington are now saying
that they intend to give back some of that money to the poor and to
low-income families. So, let’s get this straight.
plan to tax the hell out of us. Then they will give us back some of
our own money so that we can pay for the higher cost-of-living that
they themselves forced upon us. You know what that’s called? It’s
called ENERGY WELFARE.
color and people with limited means DO NOT WANT ENERGY WELFARE.
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