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News Release: Landmark report reveals hidden fossil fuel portfolio of private equity titan KKR, finds major underreporting of climate emissions 

With over half a trillion dollars ($553 billion) in assets under management, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) has emerged as a major financier in the energy sector, yet the firm is not required to disclose the full scope of its investments or its impact due to regulatory loopholes. A new report by Private Equity Climate Risks consortium members Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund and Global Energy Monitor, 93 Million: The Carbon Emissions KKR Didn’t Disclose, finds that KKR holds investments in 188 fossil fuel assets in 21 countries, spread among the firm’s ownership of 17 portfolio companies. 

News Release: EPA’s $27 Billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund will Kick Start Green Investment in Low-Income and Disadvantaged Communities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final program of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF): Solar for All. Sixty recipients will be awarded $7 billion, with funds expected to roll out late this summer. Solar for All will create new or expand existing low-income residential and community solar programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and territories, and open up greater access to solar for Tribes through grants and low-cost financing.

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Letters to Regulators: Comment on OIRA Cost Benefit Analysis Guidance

AFREF submitted comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs on its proposal to modernize the regulatory process to better account for racial and economic inequality, climate change, and other factors within economic analysis; and improve transparency and empower and benefit members of marginalized communities through the regulatory process.

Letters to Regulators: EPA RFI on Environmental and Climate Justice Block Grant Program

AFREF submitted a comment letter in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s request for information for the Environmental and Climate Justice Block Grant Program (ECJ Program), which provides funding for financial and technical assistance to carry out environmental and climate justice activities to benefit disadvantaged communities. The letter highlights the need for the ECJ Program to minimize barriers for the most climate-vulnerable applicants, prioritize the needs and perspectives of all underrepresented or historically marginalized community members, and prioritize projects that combat the harmful effects of bluelining by financial service providers.