Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced on Wednesday an environmental justice plan to defend low-income and minority communities against pollution, contamination and extreme weather events that are exacerbated by climate change.
The plan calls for spending at least $1 trillion in the next decade on the country’s most vulnerable communities, who are often concentrated in highly polluted areas and exposed to contamination from lead and other toxic chemicals from industrial and agricultural run-off.
“The same communities that have borne the brunt of industrial pollution are now on the front lines of climate change, often getting hit first and worst,” she wrote.
The Senator’s plan calls for improving equity mapping of marginalized communities to better identify climate risk damage from increasingly intense storms, droughts and wildfires.
Warren would mandate that all federal agencies consider climate impacts in developing rules, and would restore the Obama-era water rule, which the Trump administration recently rolled back. The plan also instructs the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice to enhance enforcement against industrial polluters.