Biden Senior Director for Environmental Justice blames “systemic racism” for local weather change – is that proper?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h / t The Blaze; Presentation of your new government; NYT celebrates the appointment of visionaries like Dr. Cecilia Martinez on the Biden climate team. But Martinez has some interesting ideas as to why climate protection measures have made so little progress so far.

First the NYT piece praising Biden’s new team;

A “nerve center” for climate in the Biden White House

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. brings with him the largest team of climate change experts ever assembled in the White House, and action against global warming is quickly expected.

By Lisa Friedman
Published on January 19, 2021
Updated January 21, 2021

WASHINGTON – Joseph R. Biden Jr. took over the presidency on Wednesday, bringing an extensive team of climate change experts into a White House preparing to focus on global warming in ways no other government has done Has.

Mr Biden will take office with the largest team ever assembled in the White House to fight global warming, and has appointed policy experts to the State Department and the National Security Council, the president’s highest advisory body on all foreign policy decisions. The finance, transportation and office of Vice President Kamala Harris will all have dedicated climate policy workers, with additional hires across government expected in the coming days.

Cecilia Martinez, a prominent advocate of combating racial inequality in environmental policy, will serve as Senior Director, Environmental Justice at the Council for Environmental Quality. Tarak Shah, a former Obama Energy Department official, is also expected to serve as Chief of Staff to Jennifer Granholm, the Energy Department candidate.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/19/climate/biden-climate-change.html

What Cecilia had to say about systemic racism and climate change;

Dr. Cecilia Martinez, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy

“For too long, systemic racism and injustice have exposed economically disadvantaged communities, tribal communities, and color communities to disproportionately high levels of toxic pollution. As the current COVID-19 crisis demonstrates, the link between environmental and health risks has created crisis conditions for communities already battling toxic pollution that causes respiratory and other diseases. Unless intentionally interrupted, systemic racism will continue to be a major obstacle to creating a healthy planet. The only way forward is to develop a national climate policy that focuses on equity. CEED welcomes the selection committee’s climate policy report, which focuses on fair climate solutions that create an inclusive, fair and environmentally friendly economy that works for all people. The report supports many of the Platform’s policy priorities for a just and just national climate, including ensuring a healthy climate and air quality for all and access to reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity, water and transport for every community. In particular, CEED welcomes the recommendations of the report to ensure that all communities share the benefits of expanded investment in energy efficiency improvements and renewable energies, and in a prosperous and vibrant clean economy. “

Source: 2019 Equitable and Just Press Release (PDF copy)

The house committee plan, praised by Cecilia, can be found here.

Cecilia appeared on Time Magazine’s 2020 list of the 100 Most Influential People.

It will be fascinating to see how Cecilia advances her ideas on eradicating systemic racism in order to advance climate action. Undoubtedly, the efforts of Cecilia and other members of Biden’s team will result in current highlights in the years to come.

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