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Koch Bros. "Fueling U.S. Forward" Takes Communities of Color Backwards

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You would think that with the former CEO of Exxon, Rex Tillerson, and climate denying, Scott Pruitt, ensconced in Trump's cabinet"Big Oil and Gas would be resting easy.

Not so.

They're on a renewed mission to convince the public that domestic oil and natural gas are essential to personal well-being.

You won't be surprised to learn who is funding this agenda.

In a totally cynical move, backed by Koch brothers' dollars (nefarious for putting their unlimited financial resources behind climate disinformation), U. S. Forward was launched. Its goal is to specifically target minorities about the "benefits" of fossil fuel energies.

This latest move is particularly outrageous in light of the EPA regulations that are in line to be rescinded, particularly the cuts planned for staffers tasked with serving those impacted by Environmental Justice concerns.

Pruitt, who has done the bidding of companies like Devon Energy while serving as the Attorney General of Oklahoma, is at the forefront of the EPA budget axing. Projections of a 25 percent reduction have been floated. Other estimates suggest that one in five workers will be removed from their positions. Many of the jobs and programs destined for the trash heap are those from the Office of Environmental Justice.

Low-income communities and African American and Hispanic populations are struggling to cope with the disproportionate impacts of toxic sitings in their neighborhoods. Yet, they are being pitched a Madison Avenue type story about how fossil fuels makes life great.

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