EDITORIAL: Biden’s Washington worships environmental justice
If government is good, bigger government is better. This political view owns Washington, circa 2022. And to be the best, apparently, President Biden is determined to make his government the greatest of all. To that end, his administration has added a new level of authority to ensure that Americans do not commit any of the myriad offenses against nature. So much for freedom in the “land of the free”.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday extended the already long arm of the law by announcing a new branch in the legal thicket that is the Justice Department. “A new Office of Environmental Justice will serve as a hub for our efforts to advance our overall environmental justice enforcement strategy,” Garland said. “We will prioritize cases that will have the greatest impact on the communities most burdened by environmental harm.”
Never mind, since 1970, the US government has had an entire organization, the Environmental Protection Agency, to watch over the American landscape. Among its more than 14,000 employees are multitudes of scientists and engineers to scrutinize the impact of human activity on the habitat, not to mention its own armed police force to arrest wrongdoers and legions of lawyers to pursue them.
Given its $11.2 billion budget for 2022, the EPA would already seem well equipped to enforce the nation’s environmental rules without the Justice Department’s backing. Yet just as the very sight of an invincible army can scare opponents away before a shot is fired, lawyers love a similar advantage. As a result, Garland said the new Office of Environmental Justice is taking the field “in partnership with the EPA.”
The agency’s “pollution police” gained notoriety during the Obama presidency for exposing landowners for altering the flow of “navigable waters” that most people would identify as mud puddles, which only flow through their property only during the rainy season.
Americans could point to other more pressing environmental risks requiring EPA attention, such as piles of clothing and trash strewn along the southern border that illegal immigrants abandoned, or piles of human feces which house street dwellers with mental disorders. deposit in the streets of the cities of the country.
Citizens would be wise to watch their steps as there is no refuge from environmental justice. White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy said at a climate summit in April: “We are actually going to make 100 rules this year just on appliances, as you asked. We develop partnerships on how we work together for new construction standards, even for sustainable airlines. With characteristic authoritarian swagger, she added, “Who thinks they’d all be in, but they better be or they’ll get out of here.”
As the deification of nature unfolds, the Biden administration defines its rituals. The growing ranks of environmental justice warriors are determined to make sure Americans understand that cleanliness is next to “governance.”