2023 State of Black America Report: A Climate in Crisis

Working in collaboration to help illustrate the path toward a just and equitable clean energy future, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) has partnered with the National Urban League on the release of its 2023 State of Black America® report, “Democracy in Peril: Confronting the Threat Within.”

For the first time, the report includes a special section focused on clean energy and climate, A Climate in Crisis: Solving the Challenge and Addressing Historic Inequities. This section helps chronicle the history of environmental justice in the United States; highlights current reforms underway nationally; and summarizes the clean energy workforce, economic investment, and restorative climate justice opportunities enabled under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) for Black and Brown communities.

The section features contributions from:

  • Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy
  • The Honorable Shalanda H. Baker, author of Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition and our nation’s first Deputy Director for Energy Justice
  • Robert Bullard, “Father of Environmental Justice,” Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy and Founding Director of the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University
  • Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League
  • Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy