The Disparate Racial Impact of Pollution

One of the subjects I think should get a lot more attention is environmental justice. Poor and minority populations are far more likely to be located near highly polluting facilities like energy plants and the result, a new study found, is that people of color breathe much worse air, on average, than white people do.
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Epstein: Climate Change Concern Due to ‘Human Racism’

Alex Epstein of the Center for Industrial Progress was on a panel discussion at CPAC about climate change and gave an absolutely bizarre diatribe claiming that concern about climate change is the result of “human racism,” which he defines as the idea that anything “man-made” must be bad.
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Feds Investigating NC Coal Ash Spill

There’s now a federal criminal investigation of Duke Energy and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory after a coal ash retention pond leaked 82,000 tons of coal ash and nearly 30 million gallons of contaminated water into a river. McCrory is a former Duke Energy executive and his administration has been protecting the company from civil suits and any actual punishment for their environmental crimes. Rachel Maddow reported on the federal investigation:
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NC Govt. Prevented Cleanup of Coal Ash Site

Remember that coal ash retention pond owned by Duke Energy that leaked nearly 30 million gallons of toxic slurry into a river in North Carolina? Well the government agency that was supposed to regulate that company’s facility was instead helping protect it. And the governor worked for Duke Energy for 28 years. I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.
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