by Sam Hieb
Bennett College president Julianne Malveaux says in a USA Today op-ed that although blacks “produce less greenhouse gas emissions than other Americans,” they “bear a greater burden in terms of pollution and climate change” and “will pay from their pocketbooks and with their health.”
Malveaux acknowledges that climate change legislation is “likely to increase the cost of gasoline and electricity” and “even a modest 15% reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions would cost the poorest fifth of Americans an average of about $750 a year per household.”
Malveaux concludes by calling for African-American activism on climate change, but I’m not sure exactly what kind of activism she’s calling for. Seems to me like African should rally in opposition to climate change legislation. Help me out here.