Dunlea Calls on New York Officials to Enact a State Carbon Tax, Devote Climate Funds to Disadvantaged Communities
Mark Dunlea, the Green Party candidate for State Comptroller, today endorsed the Poor People’s Campaign.
“Pope Frances has recognized that we cannot solve global warming unless we also solve the problem of economic injustice at the same time, since they are drive by the same immoral forces. We should dedicate 40% of the state’s funding for environmental reforms to deal with our most disadvantaged communities. As State comptroller, I will advocate for the enactment of a state carbon tax to make corporate polluters pay for the damage they cause, and work with the Attorney General to sue oil and gas companies for the damages from global warming,” stated Dunlea.
A court hearing on NYC’s climate change lawsuit against fossil fuel companies will be held next Wednesday June 13 in federal court.
Dunlea is running for state comptroller to highlight the need to divest the state pension funds from fossil fuels. The pension funds invests $6 billion in Exxon and other fossil fuel companies.
Members of the Poor People’s Campaign will gather at the State Capitol on Monday to call for environmental and climate justice. The national Poor People’s Campaign grows out of the efforts by Dr. King a half century ago to address racism, economic injustice and militarism. Dunlea had organized a similar statewide campaign while Executive Director of Hunger Action Network to raise the state minimum wage and welfare benefits and to make health care a universal right through a single payer system.
The Poor People’s Campaign states that “We believe that people should not live in or die from poverty in the richest nation ever to exist. Blaming the poor and claiming that the United States does not have an abundance of resources to overcome poverty are false narratives used to perpetuate economic exploitation, exclusion, and deep inequality.”
Dunlea joined with Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins to do a workshop on the Green New Deal and Ecological Socialism at the Left Forum in New York City on Sunday. The Green New Deal supports a goal of full employment through a transition to 100% clean energy by 2030, while investing in the creation of a sustainable economy combined with an Economic Bill of Rights. Hawkins will be participating in a climate change event in NYC this evening which will honor the 55 climate activists who were arrested on April 23 at the State Capitol, including Hawkins and Dunlea.