In full transparency, the following is a media release from Sen. Ed Markey, who was elected by voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve the state in Washington DC in the US Senate. He is a Democrat. (stock photo)
WASHINGTON DC – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) yesterday, August 22, released the following statement celebrating the passage of their Environmental Justice Mapping and Data Collection Act of 2021, which was included in the Inflation Reduction Act, signed by President Biden on Tuesday, August 16.
This bill authorizes funding for data collection on the disproportionate environmental and climate harms as well as the cumulative impacts of pollution and rising temperatures. All tracking and mapping tools will be accessible to those in the community.
This data will assist the Biden administration and Congress in directing at least 40 percent of investments for a clean and climate-safe future into communities that have been harmed by racist and unjust environmental practices.
“When taking action on the climate crisis, it is critical that we prioritize our frontline communities – disproportionately Black, brown, and Indigenous communities – who continue to face the brunt of the effects of climate change. This is why we worked hard to ensure that our Environmental Justice Mapping and Data Collection Act was included in the Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law by President Biden last week. Our bill will take ground-breaking steps toward
“Even though the Inflation Reduction Act isn’t the legislation we would have written ourselves and doesn’t deliver all that we believe it could have, we see the inclusion of our bill as important progress toward achieving environmental justice and equity. Environmental justice communities, organizers, and advocates must have a seat at the table in determining the solutions that will benefit their families, and we will continue to work together with grassroots leaders to ensure that our work does not stop here. This is only the beginning of our efforts at the federal level to prioritize equitable investments in environmental justice.”