CO2 is now listed as an industrial toxic pollutant by the EPA.
Later in his remarks, Holder cited a 2005 report based on EPA data which showed that African Americans were almost 80 percent more likely than white Americans to live near hazardous industrial pollution sites. He said issues like this still exist today.
“In 2011, the burden of environmental degradation still falls disproportionately on low-income communities and communities of color, and most often on their youngest residents: our children, my children,” he told the audience at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington.
Attorney General Eric Holder. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
“This is unacceptable. And it is unconscionable. But through the aggressive enforcement of federal environmental laws in every community, I believe that we can – and I know that we must – change the status quo.”
Holder, the keynote speaker at the event which also featured EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, said “environmental justice” is also a “personal calling.”
“I want you to know that – at every level of the Justice Department, just like here at the EPA – this work is a top priority,” he said, adding, “and, for me, it is also a personal calling,” he said.
h/t to Marc Morano