For many color, low-income, and indigenous communities, climate change is not far-fetched: he has lived in his home for decades.
They suffer from health problems caused by the destruction of energy loads and toxic fossil fuels. They have coped with the housing crisis in areas prone to extreme weather, such as hurricanes, wildfires, and deadly heat waves.
President Joe BidenIn the Fox News election, John Biden McWill takes a narrow lead over Youngkin. He pledged to make environmental justice the government’s priority in climate change. It promises a fair, equitable transition from fossil fuels to renewables in order to protect the disproportionate victims of the fossil fuel economy.
Instead, the administration made some skeptical decisions regarding climate change. The most recent issue is Bill Willie Phillips’ candidacy to fill the vacancy on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
On Tuesday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to consider Phillips’ candidacy.
Committee members should be aware that Phillips has repeatedly made decisions in favor of public interest corporations. Assuming it has been confirmed, vulnerable Americans desperately want our energy system to adapt to climate change and become a FERC commissioner who can lead the future of race.
As the body responsible for controlling the distribution of electricity, gas and oil interstitial and licensing new gas pipelines and export facilities, FERC has broad control over the country’s energy future – and some of the past unjust energy.
As a member of the District of Columbia Public Service Commission, Phillips has been advocating for corporate resources on consumer needs, and was recently investigated by an indirect door project.
A.D. In 2016, Exelon voted to approve Pepeco’s acquisition, allowing Eclon to dominate most of the Middle Atlantic utility market and high consumption bills for DC residents. The move was well-received and opposed by Washington’s neighbors, councilors and clean energy advocates.
In June, as chairman of the commission, Phillips gave Pepeco a $ 108.6 million increase in the COVID-19 epidemic, unemployment and consumer crisis crisis in a nation that has suffered some of the biggest burdens of power in black and brown communities. Sandra Mattavin-Frey, director of the DC House of Representatives, said the decision was disappointing and unprecedented.
Historically, FERC has served as a rubber stamp for the oil and gas industry rather than a real regulatory body. Although pollution of power plants, export facilities, and pipelines is more likely to build near low-income communities and color communities, FERC will never accept the proposal for environmental justice.
That may be changing.
In March, the commission’s lawyers filed a lawsuit against LNG in Branville, Texas. In August, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, FERC, failed to adequately analyze the effects of the projects on climate and environmental justice.
A recent report by the Office of Government Accountability calls for FERC to reduce climate risk and increase climate resilience. And Joint Task Force Commander Katrina Lt. Gen. Russell El Hanore asked Phillips and FCC to act as climate justice champions. “We have the opportunity to start a new course under your leadership,” Fersi said, adding that “in the past, we have often approved careless destructive institutions.”
So far, the Biden administration has neglected the priorities of climate and environmental justice. No attempt was made to delay the construction of pipelines or liquid natural gas export terminals, and the Biden Department of the Interior approved more than 2,400 new drilling licenses and the US Secretary of Energy. Jennifer GranholmJennifer Granholum Evening Energy and the Environment – Presented by Exxon Mobile – Climate Conservative Democrats to consider measures to address gas shortages at the Great Climate Conference Oil and gas production has been challenged to keep pace with green washing technologies.
Phillips and Farsi can help fix this. The Commission can play an important role in implementing many Biden infrastructure goals. It could pave the way for the development of proven renewable technologies that can be more affordable and more resilient to extreme weather damage – such as roofing and community solar and storage.
We hope that Philips will use this new opportunity to make people more than corporations and fossil fuels in renewable energy. If Biden is serious about fulfilling his climate promises, he wants to turn Fairps into a fair, renewable environmental justice champion.
Dana Johnson is Senior Director of Strategic and Federal Policy on the Environmental Justice Act.
Jean-Sue is the director of the Energy Justice Program and a senior lawyer at the Center for Biological Diversity.