“Although violations of our environmental laws can happen anywhere, communities of color, indigenous communities, and low-income communities often bear the brunt of the harm caused by environmental crime, pollution, and climate change”
Merrick Garland announced on Thursday that the Department of Justice is launching the Office of Environmental Justice. It speaks volumes about the priorities of this administration.
There are so many major problems in the country right now, and this is their concern.
It’s likely that this is just to remind the left how committed Biden is to fighting climate change. And of course to politicize the language around the topic and criminalize dissent.
Breanne Deppisch reports at the Washington Examiner:
DOJ launches new Office of Environmental Justice
The Justice Department is launching a new Office of Environmental Justice, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Thursday, which will seek to redress health risks from climate change faced by minorities and low-income people in the United States.
“Although violations of our environmental laws can happen anywhere, communities of color, indigenous communities, and low-income communities often bear the brunt of the harm caused by environmental crime, pollution, and climate change,” Garland said at a news conference on Thursday.
“For far too long, these communities have faced barriers to accessing the justice they deserve,” Garland said, adding that the Justice Department “will prioritize the cases that will have the greatest impact on the communities most overburdened by environmental harm.”
Cynthia Ferguson, an attorney who currently works in the department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, will be the acting director of the new office.
NBC News has more:
The Biden administration has asked Congress for $1.4 million for the office. Shalanda Young, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, recently told lawmakers that the Justice Department “absolutely needs the tools to make sure all Americans are treated equally under the law even when there are environmental issues.”…
After environmental criminal referrals dipped during the Trump administration, President Joe Biden issued an executive order in January 2021 directing the attorney general to “ensure comprehensive attention to environmental justice throughout the Department of Justice.”
Here’s the video of Garland making the announcement:
You can guess where this is going.
Will this new office be prosecuting "climate deniers", opponents of the green policies, and fossil fuels companies? What's "environmental justice"? https://t.co/Pg5bzwCFJy
— Miro Tokarczyk (@miroslavtok) May 5, 2022
Would it be too much to expect the DOJ to deal with actual crime?
The fact that Attorney General Merrick Garland is pursuing something called “environmental justice” in the midst of a nationwide crime wave is the latest evidence that both he and @JoeBiden lied to the country when they promised a “depoliticized” Department of Justice
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) May 6, 2022
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