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Hip Hop Caucus Clean Energy Now! Tour Hits the Road
Entertainers, elected leaders, activists and performers get on the bus to promote a clean energy economy
WASHINGTON - February 18 - The Alliance for Climate Protection's Repower America campaign is teaming up with the Hip Hop Caucus on a bus tour that will bring together leaders from the faith, business, and climate communities alongside entertainers and prominent figures, including DJ Biz Markie, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, actress Gloria Reuben, performer D. Woods, and many others. The Hip Hop Caucus Clean Energy Now! Tour will assemble diverse participants to amplify the voices of the young people and communities of color that are calling for a transition to a clean energy economy. The Hip Hop Caucus Tour kicks off this week in New Orleans on Thursday, February 18 and rolls through Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and the District of Columbia for a variety of events including community rallies, roundtables on college campuses, tours of clean energy job sites and musical events.
- Little Rock, AR: Friday, February 19
- Columbia, MO: Saturday, February 20
- Indianapolis, IN: Sunday & Monday, February 21-22
- Bloomington, IN: Monday, February 22
- Columbus, OH: Tuesday, February 23
- Washington, DC: Tuesday-Wednesday, February 23-24
"Our partnership is proof positive that people from all walks of life are united in their support for a shared clean energy future," said Maggie L. Fox, President and CEO of The Alliance for Climate Protection. "It is clear that our young people and communities of color will benefit greatly from the economic opportunities that come from investing in clean energy. Together, we support comprehensive new energy policies that will start us on the path to creating millions of new jobs, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and stopping the devastating effects of carbon pollution."
"The clean energy choices we make today will have a profound impact on the environment of our young people and communities of color -- the very people this tour is bringing together and the voices we need to hear," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "We're going out and meeting people where they live, work and learn to talk about how we create clean energy jobs, protect our planet, and break our dependence on foreign oil."
Studies show that clean energy investments will create up to 1.9 million new jobs, including those for entry-level workers, professionals and entrepreneurs. Investments in building insulation and other efficiency improvements will cut down on energy bills for low-income families. Moreover, limits on pollution will reduce medical bills and protect communities from the ravages of global warming.
For more information about the tour, visit: http://www.hiphopcaucus.org/
The following organizations are partners on the tour:
Alliance for Climate Education
American Association of Blacks in Energy
Blacks in Government
Black Leadership Forum
Black Youth Vote
Constituency for Africa
Energy Action Coalition
Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
Green for All
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Kids Vs. Global Warming
Leon H Sullivan Foundation
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
National Association of Black County Officials
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
National Bar Association
National Black Caucus of State Legislators
National Congress of Black Women
National Council of Black Mayors
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
National Urban League
National Wildlife Federation
Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Rock The Vote
Southern Energy Network