Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in conjunction with the National Black Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Convention being held August 5-8th in Hollywood, Florida:
“Pollution is a problem that disproportionately affects minorities in our country. According to the NACCP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, 68 percent of African Americans live within 30 miles of a power plant. This means that black communities across the country are more vulnerable to exposure from power plant emissions and carbon pollution.
“Our country is taking steps to significantly reduce the amount of air pollution emitted every day. Doing so will reduce illnesses like asthma and will keep our kids from getting sick. It’s shameful that so many industries are willing to put profits over people and oppose these efforts.
“The National Black Chamber of Commerce should take a firm stand against the misinformation being spread by these industries. I believe that we should all be on the side of families, not industry polluters. I urge the NBCC to cut ties with these groups immediately.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.