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Leading Biden Energy Nominee Testifies On How US Policy Harms Minorities
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Leading Biden Energy Nominee Testifies On How US Policy Harms Minorities


Shalanda Baker, the Biden administration's nominee to lead the Department of Energy's Office of Minority Economic Impact, testified before the Senate on Tuesday that she will lead with a focus on those most harmed by the country's energy policies.

In April, President Joe Biden nominated Baker to be the director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, urging her to leave her current position as the Energy Department's first deputy director for energy justice.

In April, President Joe Biden nominated Baker to be the director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, urging her to leave her current position as the Energy Department's first deputy director for energy justice..As they campaigned for the 2020 election, both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned environmental justice frequently, describing it as a critical component of racial justice.

In April, President Joe Biden nominated Baker to be the director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, urging her to leave her current position as the Energy Department's first deputy director for energy justice..As they campaigned for the 2020 election, both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned environmental justice frequently, describing it as a critical component of racial justice..With the nomination of Baker, a Northeastern University law professor, former Air Force officer, and author of “Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition,” the Biden administration is assisting in addressing a critical issue for progressive activists and many Democratic lawmakers.

In April, President Joe Biden nominated Baker to be the director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, urging her to leave her current position as the Energy Department's first deputy director for energy justice..As they campaigned for the 2020 election, both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned environmental justice frequently, describing it as a critical component of racial justice..With the nomination of Baker, a Northeastern University law professor, former Air Force officer, and author of “Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition,” the Biden administration is assisting in addressing a critical issue for progressive activists and many Democratic lawmakers.. 

Baker described herself as the "daughter of two Black Americans" whose lives were intertwined with the energy sector in various ways during her testimony.

Baker said her father grew up in Port Arthur, Texas, near one of the world's largest oil refineries, and died of heart disease after years of working in the energy sector, ingesting toxic chemicals emitted from the refinery as he worked. Baker said her mother raised her in an "energy insecure home," where her family was forced to rely on the oven to generate heat in their Austin, Texas, apartment.

She stated that her testimony, which weighed her family's reliance on the energy sector against the industry's negative effects, was given "in recognition of the complex ways" the energy system shapes American lives.

“If confirmed, I would be honored to assist in leading the administration’s transformative Justice40 initiative to ensure that communities like my father’s, as well as those on which we have relied for coal, oil, and gas production, have a future in the new, clean-energy economy,” she said.

The Biden administration launched the Justice40 initiative in January, shortly after Biden took office, with the goal of delivering at least 40% of the benefits of all climate-related investments to disadvantaged communities.

In April, President Joe Biden nominated Baker to be the director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, urging her to leave her current position as the Energy Department's first deputy director for energy justice..As they campaigned for the 2020 election, both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned environmental justice frequently, describing it as a critical component of racial justice..With the nomination of Baker, a Northeastern University law professor, former Air Force officer, and author of “Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition,” the Biden administration is assisting in addressing a critical issue for progressive activists and many Democratic lawmakers.. .Climate-related injustice and its consequences have crippled cities across the country in 2021, revealing significant, sometimes fatal infrastructure failures as the Biden administration attempts to gain support for its ambitious investment plan.

In April, President Joe Biden nominated Baker to be the director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, urging her to leave her current position as the Energy Department's first deputy director for energy justice..As they campaigned for the 2020 election, both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned environmental justice frequently, describing it as a critical component of racial justice..With the nomination of Baker, a Northeastern University law professor, former Air Force officer, and author of “Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition,” the Biden administration is assisting in addressing a critical issue for progressive activists and many Democratic lawmakers.. .Climate-related injustice and its consequences have crippled cities across the country in 2021, revealing significant, sometimes fatal infrastructure failures as the Biden administration attempts to gain support for its ambitious investment plan..A deadly winter storm devastated major parts of Texas' power grid in February, leaving thousands of residents, disproportionately Black and brown, without heat and running water for weeks.

In April, President Joe Biden nominated Baker to be the director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, urging her to leave her current position as the Energy Department's first deputy director for energy justice..As they campaigned for the 2020 election, both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned environmental justice frequently, describing it as a critical component of racial justice..With the nomination of Baker, a Northeastern University law professor, former Air Force officer, and author of “Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition,” the Biden administration is assisting in addressing a critical issue for progressive activists and many Democratic lawmakers.. .Climate-related injustice and its consequences have crippled cities across the country in 2021, revealing significant, sometimes fatal infrastructure failures as the Biden administration attempts to gain support for its ambitious investment plan..A deadly winter storm devastated major parts of Texas' power grid in February, leaving thousands of residents, disproportionately Black and brown, without heat and running water for weeks..Republicans in Texas have long been opposed to efforts to protect the state's power grid from the effects of climate change, such as extreme cold.

In April, President Joe Biden nominated Baker to be the director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, urging her to leave her current position as the Energy Department's first deputy director for energy justice..As they campaigned for the 2020 election, both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned environmental justice frequently, describing it as a critical component of racial justice..With the nomination of Baker, a Northeastern University law professor, former Air Force officer, and author of “Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition,” the Biden administration is assisting in addressing a critical issue for progressive activists and many Democratic lawmakers.. .Climate-related injustice and its consequences have crippled cities across the country in 2021, revealing significant, sometimes fatal infrastructure failures as the Biden administration attempts to gain support for its ambitious investment plan..A deadly winter storm devastated major parts of Texas' power grid in February, leaving thousands of residents, disproportionately Black and brown, without heat and running water for weeks..Republicans in Texas have long been opposed to efforts to protect the state's power grid from the effects of climate change, such as extreme cold..The same storm wreaked havoc on public infrastructure throughout the West, with non-white residents bearing the brunt of the damage.

In April, President Joe Biden nominated Baker to be the director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, urging her to leave her current position as the Energy Department's first deputy director for energy justice..As they campaigned for the 2020 election, both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned environmental justice frequently, describing it as a critical component of racial justice..With the nomination of Baker, a Northeastern University law professor, former Air Force officer, and author of “Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition,” the Biden administration is assisting in addressing a critical issue for progressive activists and many Democratic lawmakers.. .Climate-related injustice and its consequences have crippled cities across the country in 2021, revealing significant, sometimes fatal infrastructure failures as the Biden administration attempts to gain support for its ambitious investment plan..A deadly winter storm devastated major parts of Texas' power grid in February, leaving thousands of residents, disproportionately Black and brown, without heat and running water for weeks..Republicans in Texas have long been opposed to efforts to protect the state's power grid from the effects of climate change, such as extreme cold..The same storm wreaked havoc on public infrastructure throughout the West, with non-white residents bearing the brunt of the damage..Residents in Jackson, Mississippi, where Black people make up 80% of the population, were left without clean running water for weeks after faulty pipes froze and burst.

In April, President Joe Biden nominated Baker to be the director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, urging her to leave her current position as the Energy Department's first deputy director for energy justice..As they campaigned for the 2020 election, both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned environmental justice frequently, describing it as a critical component of racial justice..With the nomination of Baker, a Northeastern University law professor, former Air Force officer, and author of “Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition,” the Biden administration is assisting in addressing a critical issue for progressive activists and many Democratic lawmakers.. .Climate-related injustice and its consequences have crippled cities across the country in 2021, revealing significant, sometimes fatal infrastructure failures as the Biden administration attempts to gain support for its ambitious investment plan..A deadly winter storm devastated major parts of Texas' power grid in February, leaving thousands of residents, disproportionately Black and brown, without heat and running water for weeks..Republicans in Texas have long been opposed to efforts to protect the state's power grid from the effects of climate change, such as extreme cold..The same storm wreaked havoc on public infrastructure throughout the West, with non-white residents bearing the brunt of the damage..Residents in Jackson, Mississippi, where Black people make up 80% of the population, were left without clean running water for weeks after faulty pipes froze and burst.. 

“Energy justice necessitates that we rethink and redesign the entirety of our energy system,” Baker said Tuesday, adding that justice also entails officially acknowledging the “tremendous sacrifices” made by families like hers to ensure other Americans have access to energy.

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