A recent executive order signed by the US President has raised concerns about the expansion of government power and the imposition of the left’s woke agenda on the American people.
Joe Biden recently signed an executive order that will have far-reaching consequences for millions of Americans under the guise of environmental justice. The order seeks to further empower federal agencies in addressing environmental “inequities” that disproportionately impact communities of color, low-income communities, and indigenous communities.
While this may sound noble on the surface, it is actually a thinly veiled attempt to expand government power and impose the left’s woke agenda on the American people.
Under the new Executive Order, titled “Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All,” agencies are directed to take measures to address and prevent disproportionate and adverse environmental and health impacts on communities. This could potentially lead to the federal government overreaching into the affairs of states and local governments, infringing on their autonomy and imposing one-size-fits-all policies that do not account for unique local circumstances.
The order also requires agencies to notify nearby communities in the event of a release of toxic substances from a federal facility and hold public meetings to share information on resulting health risks and necessary precautions. While this may seem like a reasonable measure, it could also lead to unnecessary alarmism and the stifling of economic activity in affected areas.
Biden hopes to conduct new assessments of the administration’s environmental justice efforts to develop, implement, and periodically update an environmental justice strategic plan. However, these plans could be used to push the left’s agenda on the American people under the guise of environmental justice.
Furthermore, the order establishes a new Environmental Justice Subcommittee within the National Science and Technology Council, led by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. This subcommittee is tasked with identifying and addressing gaps in science, data, and research related to environmental justice and advancing the analysis of cumulative impacts. While this may seem innocuous, it could lead to the federal government dictating scientific research and suppressing dissenting voices in the scientific community.
Biden’s order also expands interagency coordination and launches a new Office of Environmental Justice within the White House Council on Environmental Quality. This could lead to the consolidation of power within the federal government, further eroding the autonomy of states and local governments and limiting their ability to address unique local circumstances.
Moreover, the order emphasizes strengthening nation-to-nation relationships on issues involving environmental justice. This could lead to the federal government prioritizing the interests of indigenous communities over the interests of other Americans, further dividing the country along racial lines.
Perhaps the most concerning aspect of Biden’s order is the creation of the Environmental Justice Scorecard, a new government-wide assessment of federal agencies’ efforts to advance environmental justice.
This could potentially lead to the creation of Social Justice “Credit Scores” that could be used to force the administration’s woke agenda on individuals. This is a dangerous precedent that could lead to the federal government dictating every aspect of Americans’ lives, from where they live to where they work.