Cori Bush: Using ‘Fossil Fuels’ Is a ‘Striking Example of White Supremacy’
It promotes 'environmental racism and violence in black and brown communities'
Democratic Rep. Cori Bush has accused energy company executives of "racism" for using fossil fuels.
The freshman lawmaker said oil refineries are more likely to be located in a black community than a white community.
She argued that climate change is more likely to impact a black neighborhood first before a white neighborhood.
"For years you all have continued to promote fossil fuels despite knowing that promoting them means promoting environmental racism and violence in black and brown communities."
For decades, Big Oil has been investing billions in covering up their role in the climate crisis.— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) October 28, 2021
At our @OversightDems hearing today, I made sure fossil fuel CEOs know: We're not going to let them get away with it any longer. pic.twitter.com/s02GLZXroD
She added the persist in "promoting and selling fossil fuels that are killing millions of people.
"This is a striking example of white supremacy."
"Your profit-driven choices threaten my life, the lives of my family, my neighbors, and our communities every single day," she said, noting that she has asthma.
"Developing fossil fuels now given the escalation of the climate crisis and its harm on black and brown communities is unconscionable."
"Given each of your roles in these attacks on our humanity, you all should resign," Bush said.
Bush's comments come as many on the left warn of catastrophic consequences if drastic actions are not taken to combat climate change.
Earlier this week, the United Nations Development Programme released a video featuring a computer-generated dinosaur urging humans to take action to prevent extinction.
"You're headed for a climate disaster. And yet every year governments spend hundreds of billions of public funds on fossil fuel subsidies," the dinosaur, who is voiced in English by actor Jack Black, declares in the video.