The Big Compromise: Statement on the Passing of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)

Aug 12, 2022 | BM4F Spotlights, Uncategorized, Young, Gifted & Green Blog Series | 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 12, 2022

Contact: LaTricea D. Adams, media@blackmillennials4flint.org

Today, August 12, 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act was passed. While there are some significant wins, once again, Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities were forced to make a compromise as the Environmental Justice provisions are lackluster (particularly in comparison to the investments in the harmful fossil industry) and MOST of all that darn Manchin looked out for his fossil fuel homeboys which puts disenfranchised communities in even greater danger. It is counterproductive to the charge to properly address climate change. Additionally, we need for Congress, the Senate, the White House, the Department of Energy, ERRBODY to get it together with their stance on carbon capture and storage. Carbon capture and storage is D-A-N-G-E-R-O-U-S! For example, in February 2020, a CO2 pipe exploded in Satartia, Mississippi, a majority Black city with an average household income of $34,688, leaving residents with significant illness due to the incident. What provisions were made in the Inflation Reduction Act for public health not if, but when the carbon capture/storage industry uses Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities for experimentation and things go wrong? We have been greatly insulted and disappointed with the taglines “Big Win” and incessant requests from, you guessed it, Big Green organizations asking Black, Latinx (non white presenting), and Indigenous organizations to sign on to letters “celebrating” this big compromise. Nah, we good love enjoy.

Shout out to the DOPE organization The Indigenous Environmental Network for this statement found HERE that completely articulates our unpopular gripes (particularly among allies and white liberals).

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is a distraction from the need to declare a Climate Emergency, while allowing polluting industries to continue business as usual.

The Indigenous Environmental Network

As a young, Black and Latinx organization, we are not about this life with being performative and engaging in respectability politics. Furthermore, we have no qualms with outing the incessant lack of regard for Black, Latinx, Indigenous and disenfranchised communities. This system needs a complete override…because the current one isn’t even broken, its working for the rich and white which it was set-up to do. WE SAID WHAT WE SAID.

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Black Millennials For Flint is a national environmental justice and  civil rights organization with the purpose of bringing like-minded organizations together to collectively take action and advocate against the crisis of lead exposure specifically in African American & Latinx communities throughout the nation.

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