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Roy Innis heads the the Congress of Racial Equality, is a board member of the right-wing, industry-funded think tank the Hudson Institute[1], a director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education[2] and on the advisory board of the Human Rights Foundation.[3]

Background

A biographical note states that "as national chairman and CEO of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), one of the nation's most storied civil rights groups, Mr. Innis is credited with improving the lives of millions of Americans. CORE organized the Freedom Rides of the 1960s, and Mr. Innis personally drafted the Community Self-Determination Bill of 1968, the first bill introduced into Congress by a black organization. Recognized in the United States as a defender of victims’ rights, Mr. Innis has also dedicated himself to African liberation movements, establishing a CORE chapter in Kenya and becoming the first United States citizen to attend the Organization of African Unity in an official capacity. He has reported to the U.S. Congress on many African elections and on the state of human rights in Africa."[4]

Global warming skeptic

Innis was listed as a speaker at the Heartland Institute's International Conference on Climate Change (2009) in a session title "Economics and Politics - The Morality of Energy Rationing".[5]

At the skeptics conference, Innis said that "a lot of people are searching for the right thing to believe in and [have been] captured by a corrupted ideology," a "green" religion. However, he claimed the "green" religion puts the interests of Western environmentalists over the basic needs of people in the developing world. He added, "Coal and natural gas are the new civil rights battleground, because without these sources, 'we' cannot enjoy this great society." [6]

Innis co-authored a book titled, "Energy Keepers, Energy Killers: The New Civil Rights Battle," along with Alan Gottlieb, Sean Hannity and Paul Driessen. It was published in February 2008 by Merril Press. [7]

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References

  1. "Roy Innis", Hudson Institute website, accessed March 2009.
  2. Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, "Board of Advisors", Foundation for Individual Rights in Education website, accessed March 2009.
  3. Human Rights Foundation, "Board of Directors", Human Rights Foundation website, accessed March 2009.
  4. Human Rights Foundation, "Board of Directors", Human Rights Foundation website, accessed March 2009.
  5. Roy Innis, "Untitled", Presentation to the Heartland Institute's International Conference on Climate Change (2009), March 10, 2009. (A copy of Innis's presentation is not available).
  6. Ed Hiserodt, "CORE Leader Blasts Global-warming Alarmists," The New American, March 24, 2009.
  7. "Energy Keepers," Amazon.com, accessed March 2009.

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