Thursday, February 25, 2010

Biz Markie Promotes Green With The Hip Hop Caucus 'Clean Energy Now!' Bus Tour

via the press release

After touring the nation and meeting with young people in urban communities all along the way, the Hip Hop Caucus' Clean Energy Now! Bus Tour brought its message of clean energy solutions to the steps of the Capitol for a closing rally. The tour, a partnership between the Alliance for Climate Protection's Repower America campaign and the Hip Hop Caucus, kicked-off in New Orleans last week and has included celebrities such as D. Woods, DJ Biz Markie, actress and Alliance for Climate Protection special advisor Gloria Reuben, as well as many others.

Since its inception in New Orleans last week, The Clean Energy Now! Bus Tour traveled over 2,000 miles through 9 cities and held events at churches, nightclubs, and job training centers. The Tour visited 5 college campuses, including three historically black colleges and universities and distributed energy efficiency kits to urban communities.

Today, hundreds joined with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson; Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN-7); Rev. Lennox Yearwood, President of the Hip Hop Caucus; Maggie L. Fox, President & CEO of The Alliance for Climate Protection; Gary Flowers, President & CEO of the Black Leadership Forum; Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO, Green For All; DJ Biz Markie; and Gloria Reuben, Actress & Alliance for Climate Protection special advisor.

"The tour has been across the country listening to young voices calling for good jobs, lower energy costs and cleaner communities," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "This is the time to seize global leadership in clean energy innovation and answer the young people and urban communities who are asking for clean energy now."

"The Hip Hop Caucus Clean Energy Now! Tour helped amplify and unite the voices of young people, African Americans, the Hip Hop community, and the faith community around the critical need for clean energy jobs now and a clean energy future for our country. People around this country are hurting because our economy has failed them," said Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President of the Hip Hop Caucus. "Comprehensive clean energy policies will help our communities create a brighter future through solutions that will fight poverty and pollution at the same time."

"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," said Maggie L. Fox, President and CEO of The Alliance for Climate Protection. "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."

Studies show that comprehensive clean energy and climate policies could create up to 1.9 million new jobs nationwide and save households up to $1,175 per year by 2020.

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Photos from the Washington DC press conference:
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Biz Markie at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN stop of the 'Clean Energy Now!' Bus Tour on Monday, February 22..

'Clean Energy Now!' discussion panel at Indiana University:

YouTube - Part 1 of 3

YouTube - Part 2 of 3

YouTube - Part 3 of 3

(video courtesy of jbw911)

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