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The fossil fuel industry wants you to believe it’s good for people of color

December 4, 2020

CSSN Scholars Leah Stokes and Kyle Whyte quoted by Sammy Roth on the fossil fuel industry’s disproportionate impact on BIPOC communities in the United States.

“Fossil fuel companies are ignoring the ways communities of color and low-income families are disproportionately harmed by polluted air and water, deadlier heat waves, more punishing droughts and other consequences of burning coal, oil and gas, said Leah Stokes, a UC Santa Barbara political scientist who recently wrote a book about utility industry lobbying.”

“To Kyle Whyte, a professor of environment and sustainability at the University of Michigan and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, the existence of a group like Western States and Tribal Nations is no surprise. He said there’s a “long history of energy companies and energy interests trying to make connections with tribal sovereignty.””