Monday, October 23, 2006

Barack Obama and Environmental Justice

Senator Barack Obama introduced an environmental justice bill that was cosponsored by his presidential contest rival, Senator Hillary Clinton. The bill is a good general bill but it lacks the teeth to truly protect communites suffering from disproportionate pollution impacts.

The Environmental Justice Coalition has drafted a bill that has teeth and a carrot for communities and developers. The Environmetnal Justice Act of 2007 would be a great additon to both senators' legislative records. The GOP did not take the invitation to introduce this important legislation. Maybe a President Clinton and Vice President Obama would promote the bill. Or President Obama and Vice President Clinton. We have approached Senator John McCain about the bill. Maybe a President John McCain and Vice President Condoleezza Rice would promote the bill. Regardless, the legislation is desperately needed.

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