PHOENIX, AZ –Chispa Program Director Pedro Lopez issued the following statement on Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s State of the State address, highlighting the governor’s missed opportunity to elevate the issues of energy, pollution and climate change for Latinos and all Arizonans:
“Governor Ducey’s address missed the mark. The Governor failed to make real investments in clean energy like wind and solar to help the Grand Canyon State’s environment and our economy. Seven out of 10 Latinos live in areas with high levels of air pollution, and it’s disappointing Governor Ducey failed to present a plan to make communities who are most harmed by pollution a part of the solution.”
Chispa, which means “spark” in Spanish, is a groundbreaking new effort by the League of Conservation Voters to engage Arizona’s growing Latino community in fighting to clean up Maricopa County’s poor air quality and to boost the state’s clean energy economy. Chispa will hold a number of events and community forums in the coming weeks, which will be posted online at facebook.com/ChispaAZ.
LCV released a poll (English | Spanish) earlier this year conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group showing that 88% of Hispanics in Arizona are concerned about pollution, and 67% of Latinos in Arizona recognize their utility’s behavior is part of the problem. An astounding 90% of Hispanics in Arizona support utility companies using more clean energy, with 63% strongly supporting that.