MLK III slams National Black Chamber of Commerce for climate change stance

The eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says the chamber has accepted donations from polluters.

Ian Marsh | Dec 31, 2015

   

Martin Luther King III has an opinion about climate change: minorities are being lied to about it.

Specifically, the National Black Chamber of Commerce has been warning that President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan will result in job losses and higher energy bills, but King, the oldest living child of Dr. Martin King Luther Jr., said that the opposite is the reality, according to an editorial in the Washington Post.

In fact, he argues that the Environmental Protection Agency's limits on carbon pollution will result in more clean energy jobs and improve overall public health. It will also result in a more reliable power grid and improve national security as a result. And at the end of the day, it will work toward achieving the ultimate goal: saving the human species from the destructive impacts of climate change and global warming.

He noted that extreme weather that causes widespread economic damage and death will only be exacerbated if nothing is done about climate change, and therefore the National Black Chamber of Commerce is incorrect in warning against Obama's policies for communities of color.

King accuses the chamber's campaing of being backed by the polluters themselves who are lobbying hard to block the Clean Power Plan. King noted that the chamber accepted $800,000 from ExxonMobile in the past decade, and other companies also sponsored the chamber at their national conference in August who oppose the Clean Power Plan.

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