More than 100 gathered at Lexington’s Triangle Park to protest a cancelled appearance by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt Wednesday.
Pruitt had been scheduled to speak to the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers’ conference and trade show at the Lexington Center but stayed in Washington, D.C., as President Donald Trump mulls withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, which former President Barack Obama entered in September and includes more than 200 countries.
The EPA administrator has called the Paris accord “a bad deal” for the U.S. and called for a withdrawal in April, according to The Washington Post.
Pruitt’s absence didn’t deter environmentalists from marching around the convention center, waving signs and chanting slogans in support of the environment.
The protest was organized by the Sierra Club and other groups like Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition.
Excerpt from "Environmentalists protest scheduled speech by EPA head as President Trump considers withdrawing from climate deal:"
KSEC helped coordinate a march and rally against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt outside the Kentucky Manufacturer's Conference and Trade Show on May 31st. Pruitt was scheduled to speak at the conference but cancelled the evening before the event. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported on the event.
Excerpt from "Controversial EPA chief skips Lexington speech, but groups still protest:"
The groups represented at the protest were the Sierra Club; Kentuckians for the Commonwealth; the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition; Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light; Indivisible KY; Kentucky Jobs with Justice; the Kentucky Alliance against Racist and Political Oppression; and Rubbertown Emergency Action Task Force.
KSEC helped coordinate a march and rally against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt outside the Kentucky Manufacturer's Conference and Trade Show on May 31st. Pruitt was scheduled to speak at the conference but cancelled the evening before the event.
KSEC partnered with Sierra Club, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light, Indivisible KY, Jobs with Justice Kentucky, Kentucky Alliance against Racism & Political Oppression, and Rubbertown Emergency Action Task Force to host the protest.
Lexington's WUKY covered the protest, quoting KSEC member Emma Anderson of the Centre Environmental Association.
Excerpt from "Pruitt Protesters Promise A Fight On Climate Accord:"
Emma Anderson, a soon-to-be senior at Centre College, says the environmental about face has her fellow students speaking up.
I am tired of people stereotyping millennials as lazy, ignorant and apathetic. My generation is full of knowledge, skills, compassion and creativity and we are underappreciated. Our leaders and legislators should stop dismissing our concerns and actually listen to our ideas to solve today’s problems.
We know that renewable energy is the future for our economy. The transition is already happening, and many states are adopting policies to embrace the opportunities that come with it, like new jobs, less pollution, healthier communities and reduced carbon emissions. The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency shows Texas as third in the nation with 125 policies and incentives supporting renewables and efficiency. Texas! A Southern, conservative, fossil-fuel powerhouse is the nation’s third leading state when it comes to new energy policies.
Kentucky has a lot to gain from embracing the new energy economy sooner rather than later. The coal industry is declining, and we need to advance new energy technology to replace that loss. The Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition calls on our elected officials to listen to young voices and create policies that encourage renewable energy before we are left even further behind in the inevitable transition to renewable energy.
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