President Announces New Climate Agency 

He signs an executive order that expands his Justice40 Initiative. 

President Joe Biden signed an executive order establishing the Office of Environmental Justice. The order directs federal agencies to consider the “disproportionate and adverse” ways climate change impacts minority and low-income communities. 

The White House stated, “With this action, the President is working to ensure that all people – regardless of race, background, income, ability, Tribal affiliation, or zip code – can benefit from the vital safeguards enshrined in our nation’s foundational environmental and civil rights laws,” adding, “that means cleaner air and water, reduced risk for asthma, cancer, and other health burdens, and better access to green space, safe and affordable housing, and clean transportation.” 

The order expands a directive for 40 percent of all funds from certain federal projects to be directed to communities that are “marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution.” The Office of Management and Budget will establish an Environmental Justice Scorecard to track those efforts. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president and his administration as they seek to promote equity and justice in underserved communities.
  • For members of the new Environmental Justice Subcommittee within the National Science and Technology Council.
  • For the Federal Chief Environmental Justice Officer who will head the Office of Environmental Justice.

Sources: The Hill, The White House, Daily Caller


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