Congress of Racial Equality
NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER TO SUE BUSH
ADMINISTRATION IF THE POLAR BEAR IS LISTED AS THREATENED
CORE's Roy Innis Says Energy Costs
Will Rise If Environmentalists Have Their Way, Hurting
American Minorities and the Working Poor
NEW YORK (March 6, 2008) - Congress of
Racial Equality Chairman Roy Innis is promising to sue the
Bush Administration if it lists the polar bear as
"threatened" under the Endangered Species Act because such
a listing will drive up energy prices and hurt America's
working poor more than any other element of society.
Speaking this week at the 2008
International Conference on Climate Change in New York
City, Innis said an ESA listing of the polar bear would
give environmental extremists a powerful weapon with which
to stop energy development in the Lower 48 -- from oil and
natural gas production to construction of needed
coal-fired and other power plants to even renewable fuels
Innis said that this will "result in
higher energy prices across the board which will
disproportionately be borne by minorities. It will cause
countless families in our country in winters ahead to
choose between food on the table and fuel in the furnace."
Innis, a long-time civil-rights
activist, said "energy is the master resource of modern
society ... with abundant, reliable, affordable energy,
much is possible. Without it, hope, opportunity and
progress are hobbled.
"Laws and policies that restrict access
to America's abundant energy drive up the price of energy
and consumer goods. They cause widespread layoffs, leaving
unemployed workers and families struggling to survive, as
the cost of everything they eat, drive, wear and do
spirals out of control. They could roll back some of the
civil rights progress for which civil rights
revolutionaries and Dr. (Martin Luther) King died."
An ESA listing for the polar bear --
which could come in the next few weeks -- has been pushed
by environmental elitist groups as a means of slowing
economic growth and forcing climate change regulation onto
the American people through the Endangered Species Act.
Even as the World Wildlife Fund says the
bear is "currently stable, with at least 22,000 polar
bears worldwide," a number that has doubled or more since
Listing the polar bear as "endangered"
could spawn lawsuits and impose restrictions on carbon
dioxide emissions, with a severely negative impact on the
economy, said Innis.
Innis has said that "Oil, gas, coal and
other resources on America's citizen-owned public lands
could meet U.S. energy needs for centuries. Developing
these resources, with full regard for ecological values,
would generate jobs, economic growth and tax revenues,
stabilize energy prices, and reduce our need to buy oil
from unfriendly countries.
"Onshore and offshore public lands could
hold enough oil to produce gasoline for 60 million cars
and fuel oil for 25 million homes for 60 years, and enough
natural gas to heat 60 million homes for 160 years."
Listing the polar bear as threatened or
endangered "would trigger the intrusion of bureaucrat
involvement in all aspects of our activities and will
unleash a string of lawsuits against virtually every
energy development project in the country. If (an ESA
listing) is done, we will be forced to file a suit to
challenge the government's plan," Innis said.
The 2008 International Conference on
Climate Change is the first major international conference
to focus on issues and questions not answered by advocates
of the theory of man-made global warming. Speakers and
attendees include hundreds of scientists, economists, and
public policy experts from around the world.
Innis was exposed to climate variation
dynamics while studying chemical engineering at the City
College of New York. He also was a research chemist at
Vick Chemical Company. He talks about his life-long
interest in science and commitment to civil and human
rights in his new book, Energy Keepers Energy Killers: The
New Civil Rights Battle.
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one of the "Big Four" civil rights groups in the United
States. From the protests against "Jim Crow" laws of
the 40's through the "Sit-ins" of the 50's, the "Freedom
Rides" of the 60's, the cries for "Self-Determination"
in the 70's, "Equal Opportunity" in the 80's, community
development in the 90's, to the current demand for equal
access to information and affordable energy, CORE has
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