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NAACP Embraces ‘Green’ Agenda, Showing It No Longer Represents Black Interests

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NAACP Embraces ‘Green’ Agenda, Showing It No Longer Represents Black Interests

On 04.11.19 03:39 PM posted by Derrick Hollie

I try to keep an open mind about policies and regulationsthat impact communities of color. After all, the government’s number onepriority should be the welfare of its people.

But with interest groups now linking arms despite havinglittle if anything to do with each other, it can be hard for the average personto discern which policies will serve them best.

For example, the National Association for the Advancement ofColored People (NAACP) released a new study released this month called “FossilFueled Foolery,” which claims to reveal how the fossil fuel industrymanipulates communities of color.

Yes, you heard that right.

The contradictory 28-page report criticizes the industry andeven highlights its “Top 10 Fossil Fuel Industry Tactics” —but nowhere does itoffer a solution to our growing energy needs. There’s also no mention of energypoverty, a real phenomenon plaguing the black community in which householdscan’t afford basic electric and heating needs due to high energy prices.

Those energy prices are only pushed higher by “green agenda”policies. So the very people the NAACP claims they are helping are actually theones being negatively impacted by the energy policies they promote.

The NAACP’s report states that “[t]he IntergovernmentalPanel on Climate Change has put the world on a 12-year countdown to take urgentand aggressive action on eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions that driveclimate change.” This same statement caused hysteria among environmentalistscalling for drastic measures like the Green New Deal.

And despite studies and articles written about how the Green New Deal would hit minorities and black communities the hardest, many presidential hopefuls continue to embrace the plan.

In the report, the NAACP lists the “Top 10 Fossil FuelIndustry Tactics” that they claim are being used to manipulate communities ofcolor. Yet some of these tactics are nonsensical, including the very first one,which says the fossil fuel industry “invest[s] in efforts that underminedemocracy.”

The irony is that the NAACP is doing just that: investing ina study and promoting misleading information.

Another tactic listed (and the most absurd) is number 10:“Embrace renewables, seek to control the energy economy, and quell energysovereignty.” Come again?

The NAACP is simply trying to smear conventional energy sources in an effort to stay in with the left. But such tactics will only backfire on the people the NAACP claims to represent: low-income and black communities. We need look no further than the city of Baltimore, the national headquarters of the NAACP, where some residents pay 50 to 75% more in energy bills because of green energy policies that have fallen short.

This reflects a loss of mission on the part of the NAACP,which was founded to advance the interests of black people—not buy wholesaleinto one side’s energy policies.

In recent years, new organizations like Black Lives Matterhave fostered a stronger presence in the black community than the NAACP. Othergroups like the African American Episcopal Church (AME) Council of Bishops havecalledfor the NAACP to reinvent itself.

Many black people, including myself, have questioned therelevance of the NAACP and their views. There is in fact more diversity ofviewpoint within the black community than the NAACP lets on.

Proving this point, Rev. Clenard Childress Jr. and AlvedaKing—the niece of Martin Luther King Jr.—slammedthe NAACP in 2017 for supporting abortion, despite the fact thatabortion is the largest destroyer of black lives in America.

Even the NAACP’s name is outdated. I can’t remember everbeing called “colored.” That word was removed from the U.S. census report in1980. It’s no wonder the NAACP is struggling to stay relevant.

The truth is that the NAACP has been left behind. This“Fossil Fuel Foolery” paper shows exactly who the NAACP serves: the coalitionof the liberal elite. Low-income and black Americans will have to lookelsewhere for genuine representation.

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