House Dems Merge Race and Climate Agendas with Trendy ‘Environmental Justice’

‘If we don’t win on environmental justice, we can’t win on climate change…’

Democrat House Freshmen Demand "Environmental Justice"

Donald McEachin/IMAGE: University of Virginia School of Law via Youtube

(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) With the new Democratic House of Representatives will come a new focus on so-called environmental justice legislation, according to an article from Bloomberg Law.

Invoking the latest buzzwords du jour in radical leftist academia, “environmental justice” looks at the intersection of race and the environment, and how climate change particularly affects minorities. Apparently, there’s much interest among freshman Democrats in dealing with these two topics.

Rep. Donald McEachin, D-Va., is now in his second term, but wants to help the new freshmen carry out their agenda. He helped found a congressional environmental task force, and now is a member of the Energy & Commerce Committee.

He called climate change “one of the most urgent civil rights issues of our time.” In addition, he stated that so-called “green-collar jobs” ought to be made available for minority communities.

The environmental justice movement has its roots in a 1987 report which found links between race and the location of hazardous waste sites, spurring activism. But now the perceived threat posed by climate change is seen as an area of focus that is just as important.

“If we don’t win on environmental justice, we can’t win on climate change,” said Mustafa Santiago Ali, an environmental justice official at the Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama years—now a senior vice president for climate and environmental justice at the Hip Hop Caucus.

The odds are good that House Democrats will consider passing legislation that will deal with climate issues—but exactly what a bill would deal with is a matter of some debate.

McEachin said he wants a comprehensive climate bill that will encourage the adoption of green technologies. But most importantly, he says that Congress needs to follow the lead of the communities that would be affected.

“There needs to be folks at the table who are actually impacted by the decision made,” the congressman said. “Without local buy-in, this just won’t work.”

But at least one influential group has concerns about climate legislation—the Congressional Black Caucus. Why?

According to McEachin, who is black, many caucus members are “worried about raising the price of energy.”

It appears to be a concern every community shares when it comes to progressives’ green schemes.