Brian Sussman had a post at American Thinker yesterday. In his opening paragraph he states:
I just got off a conference call with the Environmental Protection Agency (I do this regularly just to try stay in the loop as to what these seditious bureaucrats are up to). The call featured EPA chief Lisa Jackson who shared an “important announcement” regarding “the Obama administration’s commitment to environmental justice.”
Now, this immediately got my attention because not just anybody can can pick up the phone and get a conference call with the EPA chief,, Lisa Jackson. Since Mr. Sussman’s name didn’t ring any bells with me, I used the magic of Google and Wikipedia to learn that Brian Sussman is an Emmy award-winning television journalist and conservative talk radio host in the San Francisco area.
So, what did our conservative talk radio host learn from his conference call?
In today’s announcement from the EPA, Jackson stated, “If we aspire to build an economy and a society that works for every American, we can’t allow the heaviest burdens of pollution and health threats to fall on our poorest citizens. Bringing together our federal partners to tackle these challenges is a major step toward health, environmental and economic benefits in communities across the nation.”
Are you scared yet? You should be. Think about what Ms. Jackson means by “our federal partners”. Here is a clue from Sussman:
Among the special announcements today:
- The Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration is finalizing an environmental justice circular to help organizations that have received federal EPA grants to determine whether there are any minority or low-income populations that may be adversely affected by a proposed transit project. If there are, then either the project will be stopped or altered, or the people affected will likely be eligible for a paid-for-by-the-feds move to a better neighborhood.
- The Department of Labor is translating educational materials and hazard alerts into Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese to ensure that minority workers have access to information they need to avoid environmental hazards on the job. The result will be more minorities (including illegal aliens) filing lawsuits against their employers.
It should be clear to you now what the EPA and their “federal partners” are planning to do to the productive sector, the employers, across America. They are going to allow any environmental group and any community organizing group to nominate communities that are “unfairly” burdened by pollutants so that the businesses in those communities can be investigated and charged with creating environmental injustices and then be forced to pay fines which will be used to bring justice to the residents of these communities.
Folks, this is just one more Obama wealth redistribution plan. In the name of environmental justice, this administration will expand their efforts to kill off what remains of our free market economy.
One of the participants in the conference with Mr. Sussman was Elizabeth C. Yeampierre, chair of EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. mr. Sussman thought she summed up this fiasco best when she said:
Communities that have historically been the reluctant hosts to the country’s environmental burdens have endured the consequence of poor public health, housing, employment and education inequities to name a few. The Administration deserves praise for recognizing that these complex problems require a holistic approach
A holistic approach? Really? It’s not as though we needed another reason to make Obama a one term president; but, we have one. A big one.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?