The order establishes a White House Office of Environmental Justice, headed by a Federal Chief Environmental Justice Officer who will oversee "environmental justice" goals throughout the government.
The order says it will focus on ensuring that lower-income people and minorities are not subjected to "disproportionate environmental harms," especially those stemming from "a legacy of racial discrimination, including redlining."
The order will require agencies to notify nearby communities in the event of a release of toxic substances from a federal facility and directs agencies to address gaps in science, data and research related to "environmental justice."
The White House also announced a new environmental justice scorecard that will assess federal agencies' records on environmental justice.
"The Executive Order charges federal agencies with conducting new assessments of their environmental justice efforts and developing, implementing, and periodically updating an environmental justice strategic plan. These Environmental Justice Strategic Plans and Assessments will be submitted to the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and made public on a regular basis, including through the Environmental Justice Scorecard, a new government-wide assessment of federal agencies’ efforts to advance environmental justice," the White House said.
The administration has launched new programs covered by "Justice40," which says 40 percent of all resources of certain federal investments must flow to "disadvantaged communities."
"For far too long, communities across our country have faced persistent environmental injustice through toxic pollution, underinvestment in infrastructure and critical services, and other disproportionate environmental harms often due to a legacy of racial discrimination including redlining," the White House said in a press release. "These communities with environmental justice concerns face even greater burdens due to climate change. The Executive Order recognizes this reality and that racism is a fundamental driver of environmental injustice."
President Biden has made climate justice one of his top priorities. "The United States is taking bold action to put our energy sector on a path toward net zero emissions by no later than 2050," he said.
The Biden regime is seeking to contrast its environmental priorities with those of the GOP who they paint as being in the pocket of Big Oil. The House GOP is now pushing to have its sprawling energy package, HR 1, included in their package to raise the debt ceiling.
HR 1 aims to boost energy production domestically by cutting regulations on oil, gas, and mineral mining needed for green energy.
Friday's order comes after Thursday, when President Biden pledged $1 billion to help other nations around the world fight climate change, and another $500 million to help curb deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.
The $1 billion will come from last year's Inflation Reduction Act, but President Biden will have to work with Congress to secure the $500 million.
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