Skip to comments.Sometimes, environmental justice is neither
Posted on 06/08/2012 10:40:37 AM PDT by lward99
For years, special-interest groups like Greenpeace and the Sierra Club have changed the American business landscape under the premise of advancing environmental justice. But in many cases, those changes have done more harm than good for the people they are designed to protect. ...
Mr. Driessen recounted a case from 1998, when Shintech Inc. had planned to build a plastics factory in the poor, black community of Convent, La. Sierra Club activists opposed it, raising fears that dioxins from the factory could lead to increased cancer rates among minority residents there. EPA denied approval of a construction permit, so the company built its factory in a largely white community in nearby Plaquemine instead. ...
The Sierra Club never actually had to prove its cancer claims to prevent the factory from being built. In fact, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said in a July 1997 environmental impact statement that dioxins were never detected from these manufacturing facilities.
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“Environmental justice” is just wealth redistribution by another name.
Its goals aren’t even that broad. It is nothing more than obstructionism ... A cult of latter-day Luddites.
Sierra Clubbers are some of the worst trust fund Ecosnots on the planet.
Take your trust fund money, buy 5000 acres of land next to federal or state lands, file a lawsuit that the “people” are mucking up the land, get a judge to agree and shut it down to public use, then file a suit that allows you to use the land for egress and regress to your property.
That basically leaves you alone to have the Gov land for your use free of taxes.
While this article is an example of the problem, this instance is peanuts compared to what private companies go through in the way of red tape, government regulation and special interest blockades.
The Federal EPA needs to be completely defunded and let the states regulate their own environments. At a maximum the Federal EPA need only exist as a function of interstate commerce regulation. That is, only where there are disputes from environmental impacts created in one state that affect infrastructure and resources in a neighboring state should a federal EPA be invited in to investigate.
When someone uses the term, nothing further than the above is necessary, though I'd further define the wealth redistribution as de facto reparations.
After I posted my reply I realized that it was incomplete.
The enviro-commies want both things:
(1) As you say, to shut down the economy just to be shutting it down, and
(2) To take money from the evil winners (i.e. white people) and give it to the noble losers (i.e. everybody else).