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Stinger
07-29-2008, 01:16 PM
House Majority Whip: Climate Change Hurts Blacks More
Clyburn says African-Americans 'disproportionately impacted'; study recommends 'fee, tax or allowance auction on polluters.'

By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute
7/29/2008 2:14:30 PM

Climate change is no longer just an environmental issue. It’s now an issue of race, according to global warming activists and policy makers.

“It is critical our community be an integral and active part of the debate because African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change economically, socially and through our health and well-being,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., said July 29.

Clyburn spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to help launch the Commission to Engage African-Americans on Climate Change, a project of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

The launch came on the heels of a separate report by the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC), which claims African-Americans are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. EJCC describes itself as a “climate justice” advocacy group.

“Though far less responsible for climate change, African-Americans are significantly more vulnerable to its effects than non-Hispanic whites,” the report says. “Health, housing, economic well-being, culture, and social stability are harmed from such manifestations of climate change as storms, floods, and climate variability.

“African-Americans are also more vulnerable to higher energy bills, unemployment, recessions caused by global energy price shocks, and a greater economic burden from military operations designed to protect the flow of oil to the U.S,” it says.

The commission Clyburn helped launch claims Hurricane Katrina’s impact on New Orleans was a preview of how global warming will affect African-Americans.

“[W]hile individual storms cannot be linked specifically to climate change, scientists warn that warmer waters may foster-more intense storms,” the background paper on the commission’s efforts, authored by Michel Gelobter, Carla Peterman and Azebuilke Akaba said. “The flooding of New Orleans still highlights the vulnerability of the African-American community to types of extreme weather events expected with global climate change.”

But the goals of environmental and race activists don’t include allowing investors to earn the benefits of putting their money into proposed solutions.

J. Andrew Hoerner, director of the sustainable economics program at Redefining Progress and a co-author of the EJCC report, told the Business & Media Institute that solutions to climate change should be designed in a way so investors don’t reap all the benefits.

“There is a certain disconnect between what is good for workers, consumers, managers, and the economy on one hand and stockholders on the other,” Hoerner said. “We found that the combination of efficient market instruments, return of the revenue, cost-effective promotion of new clean technologies and efficiency, and targeted policies for low-income households grows the economy. It increases employment and profits overall, and provides a net benefit for consumers.”

The report suggested implementing a “fee, tax or allowance auction on polluters,” which was meant to “eliminate the financial burden on low-income and moderate-income households.” This would pay for efforts to reduce global warming. Hoerner said that although it would cause product costs to increase, under his policy, the revenue from the “fee, tax, or allowance auction payment” would be redistributed to consumers to offset the higher costs.

“However, this increase in profits may be smaller than the windfall to stockholders if allowances are given away for free, even though this windfall is partially offset by higher product prices, lower sales, lower production and lower profits on the firm’s output, exclusive of the value of the allowances,” Hoerner continued. “Most businesses are energy consumers, not producers, and their interests lie with household energy consumers.”

http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2008/20080729130950.aspx

HonestChieffan
07-29-2008, 01:17 PM
How absurd.

Donger
07-29-2008, 01:18 PM
African-Americans are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Errrr, why exactly?

chasedude
07-29-2008, 01:22 PM
So Katrina is racist, whatever :rolleyes:


Isn't there already Community Action Programs to help in these situations? Taxing more is not going to help.

HC_Chief
07-29-2008, 01:23 PM
More of what makes the 9%ers 9%ers.... and falling.

chasedude
07-29-2008, 01:24 PM
Errrr, why exactly?

I believe they're getting their finding from this..


“African-Americans are also more vulnerable to higher energy bills, unemployment, recessions caused by global energy price shocks, and a greater economic burden from military operations designed to protect the flow of oil to the U.S,” it says.

SBK
07-29-2008, 01:24 PM
This would be another great example of why many people are skeptical when it comes to climate change.

Donger
07-29-2008, 01:27 PM
I believe they're getting their finding from this..

I can see why some African-Americans meet that criteria, but not all.

HonestChieffan
07-29-2008, 01:28 PM
Poor white folks are immune.

chasedude
07-29-2008, 03:12 PM
I can see why some African-Americans meet that criteria, but not all.

The problem is POOR is not racist as it can hit anyone of us no matter what these morons in congress think.

Nightwish
07-29-2008, 03:19 PM
I can see why some African-Americans meet that criteria, but not all.
I think Clyburn and his ilk are making some gross overgeneralizations, but technically they are probably accurate. After all, they didn't say that non-Hispanic whites and so on are not adversely impacted, they just said that African-Americans are more likely to be. I'd say that is probably true, since African-Americans make up what may be a disproportional majority of the nation's poor. However, I don't see this as a valid argument for raising taxes or increasing the power of government.

HonestChieffan
07-29-2008, 03:24 PM
I think Clyburn and his ilk are making some gross overgeneralizations, but technically they are probably accurate. After all, they didn't say that non-Hispanic whites and so on are not adversely impacted, they just said that African-Americans are more likely to be. I'd say that is probably true, since African-Americans make up what may be a disproportional majority of the nation's poor. However, I don't see this as a valid argument for raising taxes or increasing the power of government.

Balderdash. There are far far more poor whites than poor blacks. Its more woe is me from the black caucus and their view of the world.

vailpass
07-29-2008, 04:02 PM
This is almost as good as the woman proposing that blacks in NO couldn't understand that Katrina was a dangerous storm because the words the weather people used were not geared towards them.
These people just keep digging their own grave with crap like this.

Nightwish
07-29-2008, 04:09 PM
Balderdash. There are far far more poor whites than poor blacks. Its more woe is me from the black caucus and their view of the world.
I'm not sure who makes up what percentage of the poor. That's why I said "may be." I suspect you don't know the percentages any better than I.

Mr. Flopnuts
07-29-2008, 05:34 PM
Get Climatey Changey!!! :cuss:

Mr. Flopnuts
07-29-2008, 05:34 PM
I'm not sure who makes up what percentage of the poor. That's why I said "may be." I suspect you don't know the percentages any better than I.

9 out of 10 of us.

BigOlChiefsfan
07-29-2008, 06:31 PM
World ends. Women, minorities, illegal aliens and children suffer most.

CrazyPhuD
07-29-2008, 07:33 PM
Huh? How are they more exposed when they're in jail and the gov is paying all the bills?

Hydrae
07-29-2008, 07:51 PM
Huh? How are they more exposed when they're in jail and the gov is paying all the bills?

ROFL

StcChief
07-29-2008, 08:01 PM
move 'em to SD/LA area where it's warm and sunny.

or Olathe :D

markk
07-29-2008, 10:47 PM
Balderdash. There are far far more poor whites than poor blacks. Its more woe is me from the black caucus and their view of the world.

i would guess there are more poor whites because like 80% of america is white

Nightfyre
07-29-2008, 10:54 PM
All I here is "wah wah wah; affirmative action go." This is a socialistic notion if I've ever seen one.

acesn8s
07-29-2008, 11:44 PM
Does this mean Obama is unable to be POTUS due to the climate?

patteeu
07-30-2008, 07:30 AM
Balderdash. There are far far more poor whites than poor blacks. Its more woe is me from the black caucus and their view of the world.

I think you misunderstood Nightwish. He's right about this. It's not that there are more poor blacks than whites, it's that a larger percentage of blacks are poor than the percentage of whites.

According to the Census Bureau (http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/histpov/hstpov2.html), in 2006, 10.3% of whites and 24.3% of blacks lived below the poverty line.