EPA Chief: CO2 Regulations Are About ‘Justice’ for ‘Communities of Color’

Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, August 27, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed global warming regulations aren’t just about stemming global temperature rises–according to agency’s chief, they are also about “justice” for “communities of color.”

“Carbon pollution standards are an issue of justice,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a teleconference call with environmental activists. “If we want to protect communities of color, we need to protect them from climate change.”

McCarthy is referring to the EPA’s proposed rule that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The agency says the rule will not only help fight global warming, but will also improve public health as coal-fired power plants are shuttered. McCarthy, however, put special emphasis on how the rule would reduce asthma rates, which affect African-American children.

“Asthma disproportionately affects African-American kids,” McCarthy added. “In just the first year these standards go into effect, we’ll avoid up to 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks–and those numbers go up from there.”

“These standards are also doing more than to just address public health. By the time these standards are fully in place in 2030, the average household will also save $8 a month on electricity and create thousands of jobs that can’t be shipped overseas,” McCarthy said.

The teleconference was hosted by the environmental group Green For All. The group bills itself as an outreach organization seeking to educate “communities of color” about fighting global warming. But Green For All also describes itself as “radical enough to push a deeply justice-based agenda.”

“Green For All acknowledges the need to disrupt the current economy, because we understand that our current economy was based upon human trafficking, the exploitation of labor, and violent racism,” according to the group’s website. “We are safe enough to be invited into spaces where power-building groups are not, and radical enough to push a deeply justice-based agenda in those spaces. We are radical enough to partner with grassroots organizations when other national groups are turned away, and enough of an ally to offer resources and support in those spaces.”

“As a black woman who suffers from asthma, I know first-hand how climate change can affect communities of color,” said Nikki Silvestri, Green For All’s executive director. “We are more susceptible to extreme weather, storms and heat-related deaths. But, I also know that we want climate action now.”


The rule has been heavily supported by environmental groups, who have also been using global warming as a way to extend their activist base into minority communities. The group 350.org recently published a piece trying to connect the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri to global warming.

“It was not hard for me to make the connection between the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, and the catalyst for my work to stop the climate crisis,” writes Deirdre Smith, strategic partnership coordinator for the environmental group 350.org.

“To me, the connection between militarized state violence, racism, and climate change was common-sense and intuitive,” she said.


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  • APaige

    The lie that is ‘environmental racism.’ Children that live in homes that have an issue with cockroaches are four times more likely to have asthma. Communities of color need to clean their section-8 housing.
    P.S. The climate has and always will change.

    • MBlanc46

      “Clean”. Jeez, don’t say that around People of Color. You’ll cause heart attacks and strokes. Cleaning is a white thang.

      • Alexandra1973

        Except when it comes to “cleaning up.” As in swiping stuff.

        • MBlanc46

          That is their forte.

    • 1stworlder

      Don’t forget about the asthma crackbaby link.

  • MekongDelta69

    Is there ANYTHING self-loathing, guilt-ridden, hypocritical White leftists think does NOT affect blacks in a bad way?

    Three Fiddy:

  • If the EPA is saying that climate change somehow produces disparate impact on nonwhites, I think it is time that the agency be disbanded and its personnel put to work flipping burgers.

    • Adolf Verloc

      I believe that anthropogenic global warming is a real threat, but tying it into “environmental racism” is a bit of a reach. The EPA is just grasping for any tool they think will increase belief in AGW and give them more political leverage.

      • I believe we are seeing some global warming, but the global climate has not warmed up to where it was before the Mini-Ice-Age. As to whether this is anthropogenic, not even the pretend-“experts” know.

        • Alexandra1973

          Not over here. July wasn’t all that hot over here in Ohio, mostly 80s, not a lot of days in the 90s.

          We had a pretty nasty winter over here, schools were closed and exceeding their allotted calamity days because it was so COLD. And now I’m hearing that this coming winter is going to be more of the same.

          I’m already starting to knit sweaters. Some will be for a family of 8 kids that I know of.

          • We had a cool, dry June, and July wasn’t as warm as normal, either. We don’t have AC, but we also never ran the ceiling fan or oscillating floor fan this summer. Looking at the utility statements, electricity for July was $35.59, while the corresponding statement for July 2013 was $50.53. Electricity in June was $5 lower than last year, and August was $3 lower. Natural gas was essentially unchanged; we were still using the same amount of hot water.

            This does not suggest to me that the climate is growing warmer the way some insist.

          • archer

            This has nothing to do with “warming” but everything to do with shaking down everybody that still has a job with the carbon credit scam where the money will go to the Al Gores and third world hell holes.

          • All while allowing India and China burn as much high-sulfur, bituminous coal as they like.

          • disqus_4Jy24XjH8I

            Hope those kids are white.

          • Alexandra1973

            Yep, they are. All of them.

  • Puggg

    It’s probably not science, it’s probably just politics at work here. They’re putting their two favorite things, the environment and “colored peoples” in a jar and shaking it up. Their only mistake here is not finding a way to roll gays into this.

    • MBlanc46

      Homophobes, no doubt.

  • Luca

    “Asthma disproportionately affects African-American kids,” More liberal vomit.

    Maybe if their single-mom would stop smoking Kools, blunts and crack they good breathe easier.

    • Asthma is also more common among children raised in cockroach-infested homes, which of course would be over-represented in the Bongonian-American community.

    • MBlanc46

      I should have known that someone would beat me to it. And I forgot about the crack.

    • 1stworlder

      Sickle cell gimps all their systems. Even if they only inherit it from one parent it affects 40% of RBCs

  • IstvanIN

    “To me, the connection between militarized state violence, racism, and climate change was common-sense and intuitive,” she said. Huh?

    • That gal needs her meds adjusted!

    • MekongDelta69

      No, really. It’s true. I believe it down to my very soul. I mean, c’mon. She’s a feminazi strategic partnership coordinator for a highly respected eco-terrorist group. You should listen to her and heed her cult-like ramblings. I believe. I believe. I believe. See how easy that was? You try it now.

      (However, you might want to take what I say with a grain of salt b/c I’ve just OD’d on 28 Tabs of Acid I’ve been saving up for 45 years, for when I wanted to escape reality.)

      • MBlanc46

        Ah dang. You didn’t save any for me.

  • This reads like a headline I remember from the Onion: “World Ends: Women and Gays Hit Hardest”.

    • JohnEngelman

      Laughing out loud.

  • Next she’ll be saying we need to move whites into tiny little stacked apartments in the city in order to give blacks that clean environment that they so passionately demand. I’m sure the amazing black scientists who do research in this area toiling away as I type at finding new ways to clean up the environment–all at white taxpayer expense, of course, and all of it concentrating even more power in the hands of the despots in Washington.

    • MBlanc46

      Black scientists? Well, okay, maybe a few.

    • phorning

      Stanley Kurtz has written extensively about the Sustainable Communities Initiative. That is their long term plan, to pack people more densely into larger cities. They think it will be easier to force diversity on people this way too.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    as coal-fired power plants are shuttered.

    So raising the price of electricity and gasoline helps communities of color?

    “The teleconference was hosted by the environmental group Green For All”

    Green for All was co-founded by Van Jones

    That tells you everything you need to know.

    Green is the new Red.

    • Alexandra1973

      Al Gore and his ilk are what is known as watermelons–green on the outside, red on the inside.

    • IstvanIN

      So raising the price of electricity and gasoline helps communities of color?
      They get HEAP so WE pay for their electricity.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        No doubt, we pay for their gasoline too. But we won’t be subsidizing anything if it no longer exists.

        Rolling blackouts – which we’ve had in California, with promises of many more to come, will affect them too. A lot of my neighbors are going solar.

    • RealisticGuy

      Sometimes I think it would be better if modern technology disappeared. This age of plenty has made western people awful, and our moral decline now threatens our survival. We might have the intelligence to build this stuff, but it seems we don’t have the intelligence to live with it.

      Maybe we could withstand corruption with the right leadership, but under democracy — not a chance.

    • It’s not even really “red”; the issue is deeper than that.

      The communists wanted to take control of the global economy in the name of “social justice”.

      The greens want to take control of the global economy in the name of “saving” the climate.

      The running theme here is they want to take control of the world’s economy, and are merely flexible in the excuses they peddle to a gullible public. This is about power and control. Everything else – red, green; it doesn’t matter – is just window-dressing.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Greens and Reds bow to the same God: Communists!!

  • MBlanc46

    Jeez, it couldn’t be all the tobacco and reefer smoking done by their parents that is the cause of that asthma, could it.

    • 1stworlder

      You forgot crackbabies

      • MBlanc46

        I did indeed. Fortunately, Other Amreners were more alert.

  • jim

    I’ve seen that ridiculous attempt to connect global warming with black violence before…and I laughed out loud over the sheer stupidity this time as well.

  • TruthBeTold

    This is coalition building.

    The Global Warming Alarmists are losing the debate so they have to find more allies.

    Blacks will fall for any scam that paints them a victims and has a pay off.

    • Douglas Quaid

      I think you hit the nail on the head here.

    • The implied message to blacks here is that there is some “gibsmedats” to be had, provided they play along.

  • LHathaway

    “the connection between militarized state violence, racism, and climate change was common-sense and intuitive”

    Blaming everything wrong in this world, and all evil in history, on white men is intuitive and common sense these days. ‘These days’ would be for all of our lives.

  • Randall Ward

    The only thing the EPA is going to do for blacks is drive up their electric bill, and they are the group that least can afford the increase. The lies in government are beyond belief. Whites are in dire need of having our own country; this one is long gone.

  • OS-Q

    I believe mankind has some influence in warming the planet, and that it will cause some catastrophes, but it won’t be solved by handing the economy over to bureaucrats. It won’t be solved by begging Gaia or People of Color for forgiveness either.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    I wouldn’t want them flipping my burgers.


  • Douglas Quaid

    This is great, before they linked rejecting the man caused climate change position with holocaust denial, calling people “Climate Change Deniers”. Apparently that wasn’t thick enough, now they have to make it directly about protecting the brown people. I still am amazed that propaganda this crass actually works.

  • none of your business

    Blacks are the most delicate beings on earth. Heat, cold, sun,rain,fog,cities,rural areas, everything and anything affects them adversely. They seem to catch every disease, get obese without eating, have high blood pressure, diabetes and every possible disability. One wonders how any of them live to adulthood.

  • archer

    Notice that there is no mention that your electricity bill will eventually have to skyrocket when more and more coal plants are shut down, that is if you can still get electricity. I have to laugh at these people who never mention “clean” nuclear power from plants that always leak radioactive material and are more dangerous than any other source of power. This is just another excuse to shut down what’s left of America and turn us into a third world country.

  • disqus_4Jy24XjH8I

    This is Agenda 21- Ag 21 isn’t just about moving you off your land, it’s about destroying the economy as this article suggests, and keeping you poor. It is ALL RELATED

  • Dale McNamee

    Since Blacks & other “people of color” are breathing out CO2… Aren’t THEY part of the “global warming” problem as well as the utilities ?

    As for “carbon pollution”… I thought that the air was very clean per the Clean Air Act, as recently reported…

    And don’t forget that Obama said back during his 1st. term that “He wouldn’t mind if electric bills ‘skyrocket’ because of his actions against coal-fired plants…”

  • TL2014

    This sounds like an article from the Onion. Bah, life in this country is more and more like an article from the Onion.

  • Transpower

    CO2 is the source for all food on the planet. It is NOT a pollutant. There has been no “greenhouse warming” for the past 17 years. Changes in climate are mostly due to changes in the Sun’s energy output. Any attempt by government to reduce CO2 emissions will decrease economic growth and prosperity.

    • The sun’s energy output fluctuates not only with the obvious sunspot cycle but across at least one longer cycle of which we are only dimly aware.