DOE Energy Justice to the People Roadshow Gains Momentum in Port Arthur, TX and Lake Charles, LA
The Energy Justice to the People Roadshow, organized by the Department of Energy's Office of Economic Impact and Diversity (ED), made significant progress during its visits to Port Arthur, Texas, and Lake Charles, Louisiana. The delegation, consisting of federal government representatives and philanthropists, engaged in meaningful discussions with community members, elected officials, utility board members, advocacy organizations, and local government officials. The roadshow took a unique approach by focusing on listening to community concerns about past issues and future aspirations before presenting what DOE and other agencies can offer. In Port Arthur, Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Director Shalanda Baker visited the El Vista neighborhood and discussed the impacts of living near the oil refineries and storage tanks. The delegation also learned about the direct effects of the fossil fuel industry on the Carver Terrace Public Housing site. The roadshow continued to Lake Charles, where townhall-style listening sessions allowed community members to express their concerns, and federal agency officials pledged to follow up with information on grants and resources. The Energy Justice to the People Roadshow aims to ensure disadvantaged communities benefit from clean energy investments and promote environmental justice, economic revitalization, and job creation in frontline communities.