October 8, 2014

‘Environmental Justice’ Hits Minorities Hard

In June, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the agency’s Clean Power Plan “is about environmental justice … because lower income families, and communities of color are hardest hit.” But according to a new study, minorities in at least one state will still be hardest hit. Michael Bastasch of The Daily Caller writes, “The Pacific Research Institute reports that annual electricity spending for an African-American household in Ohio will rise from 4.5 percent of their income to 5.8 percent of their income due to the EPA’s plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants – an increase of $408 annually in energy costs.” FreedomWorks’ Deneen Borelli opined, “It’s the green movement’s new Jim Crow law. These harmful regulations are going to drive blacks into government dependency. By harming the fossil fuel industry, you’re harming hard-working Americans.” As outlandish as it may seem, broadening the government-dependent base to further centralize control is exactly the EPA’s endgame. It’s also worth noting that Ms. Borelli is black, so the race card doesn’t apply.

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