Skip to comments.DHS drafts 'environmental justice strategy'
Posted on 12/06/2011 6:42:06 PM PST by Nachum
President Obama's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) outlined an "environmental justice strategy" that would review how a variety of DHS activities, from interaction with local governments to granting regulatory permits, affect poor and minority populations. DHS defines environmental justice as "the commitment of the Federal Government . . . to avoid placing disproportionately high and adverse effects on the human health and environment of minority populations and low-income populations." Efforts to implement environmental justice will influence "our own operations, financial assistance to state and local governments, and [DHS'] regulatory permitting activities," DHS explained in the draft strategy.
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This Marxist regime has got to go. Only 11 more months until we can finally do something about getting rid of this police state bull****.
Can someone remind me exactly when Congress granted this kind of authority to the DHS?
Just what is with all this (your word here) justice crap? The only true justice would nobama and his many minions behind bars at Leavenwo0rth.
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I regulations are that important, that necessary, they should be enforced without exception equally across the board.
“Environmental justice,” it don’t mean nothin’.
Obuma, he got no army, he don’t got no Marines, he got no sailors or airmen in fine blues. All he gots is obuma’s stash. And the fat welfare mommas, dey comin’ after dat.
What, oh, what, is a turkey from Chicago to do?
Current Landscape of Environmental Justice and Health Disparities
Since the development and implementation of the 1995 HHS Strategy, progress has been made in identifying and addressing disproportionately high and adverse environmental exposures among minority and low-income populations and Indian tribes, but inequities persist. Race and poverty continue to be critical determinants of disproportionate exposure to environmental hazards. Despite the advances made to elevate environmental justice as an issue, critical health disparities related to environmental exposures remain.
The disparity in asthma prevalence provides a striking example of the effect of disproportionate adverse exposures and health outcomes. The prevalence of asthma is highest among multi-racial Americans, Hispanics of Puerto Rican descent and non-Hispanic blacks, and is also higher among those living in poverty.6 Disproportionate exposures to particulate matter and ozone air pollution contribute to differences in asthma severity. Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders and non-Hispanic blacks are more likely to live in a non-attainment areaa for particulate matter air pollution than non-Hispanic whites.6
The obesity epidemic has highlighted the interaction of the built environment with other biologic, social and cultural factors in contributing to racial and ethnic disparities in the prevalence of obesity.22 Predominantly minority communities have fewer grocery stores and less access to affordable, healthy foods. Poor neighborhoods disproportionately lack outdoor recreation areas that are safe, have a greater density of fast food locations, and are designed with few opportunities for biking and walking.23,24
Disparities also exist in housing and workplace settings. Inadequate and unhealthy housing contributes to infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, and adverse childhood developmental outcomes. Non-Hispanic blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians/Alaska Natives are at least twice as likely to live in inadequate housing as non-Hispanic whites.6 Workers in lower-status and lower-wage jobs, who are largely minorities, face increased occupational hazards, including chemical exposures, poor working conditions, and psychosocial stressors (e.g., lack of control over working conditions).25
Children and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to adverse environmental exposures, and minority and low-income children experience significant health disparities due to disproportionate exposure to environmental hazards. Childhood lead poisoning is largely concentrated in poor, minority communities.24 Rates of birth defects in infants born to Navajo women living in uranium mining areas have been shown to be several times higher than the national average.26
Environmental justice and health disparities also cross geographic boundaries impacting urban areas and rural communities. Rural areas share many of the health challenges associated with environmental factors such as obesity, which is in part related to the lack of access to healthy foods. Agricultural workers and communities near industrial farming have unique health issues. Agricultural workers who are licensed pesticide applicators may suffer adverse neurological effects from increased exposure to pesticides in their workplace.27 Industrial farming, in particular concentrated animal feeding operations, can negatively impact health and quality of life. Emissions and chemicals used in such operations have been shown to be disproportionately located in minority and low-income communities of rural areas.28
Studies of extreme weather events, such as heat waves and hurricanes, have demonstrated that low income and minority individuals experience more severe health outcomes and live in communities with less resilience from these disasters than more affluent communities.29 Climate change is anticipated to increase the severity and frequency of such extreme weather events in some parts of the United States. Climate change may also exacerbate problems such as air pollution and inadequate housing quality30, which may lead to health outcomes such as increased prevalence or severity of asthma and other respiratory conditions, and increased prevalence of mental illness.31,32
Is this satire? Please, please someone tell me this is satire! This administration is beyond idiotic.
FUBO!! Shut it down!!
“Environmental justice” = arbitrary, unaccountable, unlegislated central planning and wealth transfer.
It is nothing but an evil totalitarian scam.
So, the half of the population that pays no taxes only has to breathe out of one nostril for their part of cap’n’tax? Or do they only pay half the “fees” the rest of us are paying for government $#it?
In other words they are taking over everything.
Hmmmm...On what basis do you arrive at the conclusion that "something" will be done?
Another department to just get rid of.
I just read the article. Good grief! It reads like a Communist Manifesto. It is a broad brushed justification for income redistribution to minorities in every context. This is one of the most alarming things yet to come from Obammunism.
Your tagline nails it. The largess greed exists within the halls of big govt. It’s a fact, get yourself elected to Congress is a get rich quick ponzi scheme. That we allow them to investigate themselves is unforgivable.
It’s way pass time to divorce the big centralized govt in DC. It has been abusing us for over a century.
If a man beats his wife, he rightfully goes to jail. But if big govt beats it’s pawns into submission, just challenge it, and, you will be compromised, or go to jail. Don’t forget, they have about a million plus laws to get you. Speaking of which, I think I have a toilet not up to code. Gotta get it fixed. On it now.
If it moves regulate it. If it turns a profit, destroy it.
What can be done to get rid of this marxist takeover. An phrase staring with any word followed by “justice” is marxist crap.
Social justice, economic justice, and now environment justice????
It’s marxist crap and it’s making me sick and angry.
I need to look at the latest Cheaper than Dirt cataglogue again.
Maybe the particulates contribute to differences in severity of outbreaks, but that alone should not make the condition exist in the first place. People who do not have asthma may be irritated by particulates and ozone, but that won't give them asthma, only exacerbate an existing condition.
So here's my theory, fwiw.
Back when I smoked, every time I walked into a doctor's office, they were trying to give me another one of those inhalers. Hang the fact I was there for a respiratory tract infection, it seemed like they wanted me to accept a diagnosis of some lung disorder so they could have me buying these inhalers on a regular basis. Eventually I had a bunch of them, (shame on me) sitting in a box, before i threw them out.
It also dawns on me , that aside from what may be a drug company push to sell these things, that poor people in the welfare system get their healthcare from the taxpayer, and that if they can rack up a disability, they get a bigger check, and the caseworkers get more work.
Which is leading which, here?
For that matter, do poor people have a disproportionately high rate of ADHD, "Depression", etc., other exploitable 'disabilities' which can lead to more money from Uncle Sugar?
Humanity has lived in dirt, distraction, and misery for the majority of its existence. Soot and nasty chemicals were present (not to mention pathogens) in any concentration of humans, and we have survived. It seems odd to me that within the short span of a generation or so we have become so sensitive to the environmental grunge we have cohabited with for so long.