New climate change act to ensure low-income and vulnerable communities get priority

This Act will ensure Congress and the White House are held accountable for these groups that are effected by climate change.


U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday introduced a bill that would ensure any climate change legislation considered by Congress prioritizes low-income and vulnerable communities.

The Climate Equity Act would ensure that Congress and the White House are held accountable for putting low-income and indigenous communities and minority groups that are on the “front lines” of climate change at the core of climate proposals, such as the Green New Deal.

“We need a Green New Deal based in climate and environmental justice, which means building a clean economy that protects communities that have been neglected by policymakers for far too long,” Harris said in a statement on Monday.

New climate change act to ensure low-income and vulnerable communities get priority

2020 US presidential candidate Kamala Harris. Image credit: Flickr/Gage Skidmore

The senator from California has not yet unveiled a plan to combat climate change but joins more than half of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates in endorsing the Green New Deal resolution championed by Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. imaage credit: Wikimedia Commons

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. imaage credit: Wikimedia Commons

The senator from California has not yet unveiled a plan to combat climate change but joins more than half of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates in endorsing the Green New Deal resolution championed by Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

US Senator Ed Markey. image credit: Wikipedia

US Senator Ed Markey. image credit: Wikipedia

Other presidential candidates have introduced environmental justice plans aimed at protecting communities that are disproportionately affected by floods, water and air pollution and other environmental issues.

One of those candidates, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, on Monday floated his Community Climate Justice plan, which would turn the White House Council on Environmental Quality into an agency focused on ensuring that pollution-affected communities, unions, indigenous groups and others have input on major environmental policies.

Another candidate, U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey also made environmental justice a top campaign issue, and said he would strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency to protect vulnerable communities against corporate polluters.

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