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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

[EnviroWatch] EJ Groups vs. Mainstream Enviros Over Cap & Trade?

A little inside baseball here: Environmental Justice groups have been, well, not exactly "under fire" or "under attack" by the more mainstream CA environmental folks, but the AB 32 Cap & Trade slowdown brought about by a suit filed by EJ groups has definitely sparked conversation amongst many enviros statewide. At issue (for my small brain) is the simple question as to when pollution credits are traded, are they traded into areas already experiencing the greatest poverty and the heftiest impacts of pollution?
To assure equal protection, the law and subsequent regulations do need to be vetted properly in court when there is a conflict. But if you look at the video below about 2011 Goldman Prize winner Hilton Kelley, you'll see in just a few frames (at about 1:17) exactly what brings the EJ folk and mainstream enviros together. It's worth the fight.