Jerome Ringo is the President of the Apollo Alliance a coalition of business, labor, environmental, and community leaders working to catalyze a clean energy revolution in America to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, cut the carbon emissions that are destabilizing our climate, and expand opportunities for American businesses and workers. Mr. Ringo has firsthand experience of the challenges we face after working for more than 20 years in Louisiana’s petrochemical industry. More than half of that time was spent as an active union member working with his fellow members to secure a safe work environment and quality jobs. In 1996, Ringo was elected to serve on the National Wildlife Federation board of directors and, in 2005 Jerome became the Chair of the board. In so doing, he also became the first African-American to head a major conservation organization. Jerome was the United States’ only black delegate at the 1998 Global Warming Treaty Negotiations in Kyoto, Japan, and represented the National Wildlife Federation at the United Nations’ conference on sustainable development in 1999.
The Color Of Green: The Next Inconvenient Truth
Since 2003, Apollo has argued that the problems of global warming, dependence on foreign oil, and income inequality have reached a scale that requires bold action. The federal government finally received the message. Nearly $116 billion will be spent over the next two years on developing clean fuels, modernizing rail transit, pursuing energy efficiency, and developing high-mileage electric vehicles. All of which create jobs. The key is to make sure that the jobs that are created are good jobs available to all Americans.