EPA Head Wheeler to Hold Virtual Press Conference on “Environmental Justice”

Traverse City, Mich. (September 29, 2020) — On Wednesday, September 30, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, EPA Region 5 Administrator Kurt Thiede and Michigan House Majority Leader Triston Cole (MI-105) will hold a virtual press conference on environmental justice.

WHO: EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler
          EPA Region 5 Administrator Kurt Thiede
          Michigan House Majority Leader Triston Cole (MI-105)
WHAT: Environmental Justice Virtual Press Conference
WHEN: Wednesday, September 30
            9:30 AM ET

The event will be livestreamed here and it appears to be open to the public.
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Warren
September 29, 2020 2:45 pm

‘Environmental Justice’ a bullshit term for doing the right thing in Wheeler’s World.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/09/03/wheeler-epa-trump-climate/

Bill Powers
Reply to  Warren
September 29, 2020 3:05 pm

Justice is one of those magical mystical words that when attached to any subject imbues the subject with a certain regal presence and need for the Government to protect it by increasing the Cost of Living to the individual citizens and reducing his/her quality of Life. We will soon need Lunar Justice and one day Martian justice.

We need a lot less justice and a much smaller government, and what will be the return on investment for colonizing the moon with billions of FUTURE Taxpayers dollars? Taxpayers that will not be born until we have actually colonized Mars will be paying for the deserted habitats on the Moon.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Bill Powers
September 29, 2020 5:23 pm

Socrates was never able to elicit an acceptable definition of justice from those he asked. I doubt that modern progressives could do any better than Socrates’ contemporaries. Thus, they use a nebulous term to advance their political agendas.

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
Reply to  Bill Powers
September 30, 2020 12:30 am

You left out Pluto justice…how dare you!

Greg
Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
September 30, 2020 7:37 am

typical dwarf-planetism. Dwarf-planet phobia at it’s worst.

Why is Niel DeGras Tyson kneeling on Pluto’s neck?

No interplanetary justice, no peace !!

Stephen Skinner
Reply to  Greg
September 30, 2020 11:46 am

I’m sure it should be:
No Justice, no Peas

This is on a bridge over a UK motorway:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/24972344@N02/14224638813/

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
September 30, 2020 1:48 pm

Stephen Skinner –

Are those the mushy variety?

StephenP
Reply to  Bill Powers
September 30, 2020 12:52 am

How much CO2 will be expended in getting to and from the moon, as there doesn’t seem to be any renewable way of getting there?

Stephen Skinner
Reply to  StephenP
September 30, 2020 11:42 am

Giant rubber bands made from organic rubber?

MarkW
Reply to  Warren
September 29, 2020 3:27 pm

Social is one of those magical mystical words that when attached to any subject manages to negate that subject. In other words, “social justice” actually means, “not justice”. “Social science” means “not science”, and so on.

DMacKenzie
Reply to  MarkW
September 29, 2020 4:12 pm

Mark…and made worse when “science” and “scientists” actually means “ statistics” and “statisticians” instead of that which can be calculated with scientific precision…..

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  DMacKenzie
September 29, 2020 5:31 pm

And even worse when so-called scientists develop their own statistical methods in order to torture the desired results from perfectly innocent data.

I’m looking at you, Michael Mann….

Disputin
Reply to  DMacKenzie
September 30, 2020 2:10 am

Now be fair. Statistics is a perfectly respectable discipline.

ATheoK
Reply to  Disputin
September 30, 2020 5:27 am

Only if resulting statistics are held to strict standards with the results repeatedly replicable.

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  Disputin
September 30, 2020 8:08 am

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”—frequently attributed (incorrectly) to Mark Twain

Scissor
Reply to  Warren
September 29, 2020 5:15 pm

The question came up at Davos, “Who should be able to fly on private jets.”

The answer of course was, “Just us.”

ATheoK
Reply to  Warren
September 30, 2020 4:40 am

“Environmental Justice”

A BS term specifically chosen to obscure the real intentions of climate alarmists.

A better term would be ‘Environmental Penance’. That is, the sacrifices and punishments humankind must endure for the virtue signaling environmental despots and tyrants.

Joel Snider
Reply to  Warren
September 30, 2020 7:43 am

This is where the real fascism of the progressive left rears its head.

Ron Long
September 29, 2020 2:46 pm

OK, I’m confused. Andrew Wheeler is not that bad of an EPA Administrator, although he is a lawyer. so WTF is environmental justice? Like when it snows on Algore? We’ll see.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Ron Long
September 29, 2020 3:06 pm
LdB
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
September 29, 2020 5:43 pm

ROFL take a look at the 4 claims, so just being born gives you a right to a good job and a good infrastructure.

1.) A healthy climate and air quality for all
2.) Access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity, water, and transportation for every community
3.) An inclusive, just, and pollution-free energy economy with high- quality jobs
4.) Safe, healthy communities and infrastructure

Typical left wing wet dream right there and now all they need is the tanks and army to enforce the rest of us who are hell bent that will never happen …. I can hear Ghalfrut now we are so selfish and bad 🙂

Redge
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
September 29, 2020 10:54 pm

I had to read that link again.

At first I thought it was the website of the warming scientologists:

“AdjustClimate.org”

Greg
Reply to  Redge
September 30, 2020 7:39 am

Good spot. They always use these subtle coded ways to declare their real intentions.

Steve Case
September 29, 2020 3:02 pm

Ron Long
WTF is environmental justice?

Probably something you and I don’t like.

n.n
September 29, 2020 3:03 pm

He said

EPA chief criticizes Democratic governors, vows to concentrate on cleaning up vulnerable communities in a second Trump term

He said

‘I have seen no actions that lead me to believe they have any interest in protecting those lives,’ one environmental justice advocate said of rollbacks under Trump

The former is correct with respect to real hazards (e.g. Green Blight, leaching pipes). The latter is correct with respect to virtual hazards (e.g. climate change).

Environmental justice, like its social justice brethren, anywhere is injustice everywhere.

Trying to Play Nice
September 29, 2020 3:12 pm

Triston Cole is a Republican from northern Michigan. I doubt if he is going to come out as a Social Justice Warrior.

September 29, 2020 3:53 pm

EPA Head Wheeler wrote a letter to Cal Governor Newsom regarding his ban on gas cars. Here are the best bits:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler wrote to California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Monday, saying he believes California would need to request a waiver from his agency for the order to be implemented and implying that the state’s electricity infrastructure is insufficient for a shift toward electric vehicles.

“While the [executive order] seems to be mostly aspirational and on its own would accomplish very little, any attempt by the California Air Resources Board to implement sections of it may require California to request a waiver to U.S. EPA,” Wheeler wrote.

The EPA last year revoked a waiver that allowed California to set its own vehicle tailpipe emissions standards, so it appears unlikely that the agency would grant one on car sales under the current administration.

California, alongside 22 other states, has sued the agency over that decision, arguing that its standards were achievable and that the EPA’s decision is bad for climate change.

The executive order also comes as California has recently faced rolling blackouts, Wheeler noted.

“California’s record of rolling blackouts – unprecedented in size and scope – coupled with recent requests to neighboring states for power begs the question of how you expect to run an electric car fleet that will come with significant increases in electricity demand, when you can’t even keep the lights on today,” the country’s top environmental official wrote.

“The truth is that if the state were driving 100 percent electric vehicles today, the state would be dealing with even worse power shortages than the ones that have already caused a series of otherwise preventable environmental and public health consequences,” he added.

Reply to  Ron Clutz
September 29, 2020 4:28 pm
Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Ron Clutz
September 29, 2020 8:06 pm

Thanks. His cogent letter do NOT receive a lot of press, not even right of center outlets. 😑

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Ron Clutz
September 29, 2020 5:28 pm

Instead of “My dog ate my homework” teachers can expect to hear “I missed school yesterday because our power was off and my mom’s car didn’t get charged overnight.” Why does it seem that we are sliding backwards?

Gunga Din
September 29, 2020 4:37 pm

“environmental JUSTICE!”
“social JUSTICE!”
Who can be against “JUSTICE!”
But they never define their terms or just how the adjectives apply to “JUSTICE!”
What do they mean when they say “JUSTICE!”
(I seriously doubt they mean equal treatment under the Law.)

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Gunga Din
September 29, 2020 5:12 pm

“Who can be against “JUSTICE!”

That is the point in using the term, in conjunction with certain subjects like climate change or racism.

It’s pychological warfare.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 29, 2020 7:18 pm

Bingo!!!!

Pedro Oliveira
Reply to  Gunga Din
September 29, 2020 5:20 pm

JUSTICE for woke means equality of outcomes, not equality of opportunity. So if someone has to pull the scale for this to happen, it’s ok for them.

MarkW
Reply to  Gunga Din
September 29, 2020 5:36 pm

According to progressives, justice is when they get everything they have ever wanted.

LdB
Reply to  Gunga Din
September 29, 2020 5:47 pm

Oh no its defined as Socialism, everything is own by the “state” and they allocate the resources so we each have our equal share you get your share by just being born. What could possibly go wrong with that and it has always worked so well in history but rest assured it will work this time, trust them.

n.n
Reply to  Gunga Din
September 29, 2020 6:23 pm

Semantic games. We need to return to first principles. Also, discerning correlation, cause and effect.

Libertarianism is self-organizing. Liberalism is divergent, perceived as tolerant. Progressivism is monotonic, imputed with positive qualities. Conservativism is moderating. Principles matter.

leowaj
September 29, 2020 5:18 pm

Screw environmental justice! I demand justice justice!

LdB
Reply to  leowaj
September 29, 2020 5:50 pm

I demand tank justice the bigger the better as I want to get the most squashed under it for my fossil fuel volume.

September 29, 2020 5:33 pm

Wheeler is a lawyer? We don’t have a justice system…it is a legal system….justice is in the eye of the beholder and a hit and miss thing. That Newsome guy in Callyfornia should ban private jets first – then limit the size of new homes – a couple living in 45000 square feet is not environmentally beneficial…not just…. that’s justice.

MarkW
September 29, 2020 5:37 pm

Or as AOC wrote in her GND, social justice is a living wage, even for those who don’t want to work.

fred250
September 29, 2020 10:55 pm

On the “justice” issue.

What happened with the new nominee for the SCOTUS ?

John Endicott
Reply to  fred250
October 1, 2020 6:32 am

She’s just at the beginning of the process. She’s met with the Republican senator leaders (the Dems refuse to meet with her). The Senate committee will be holding hearings and then voting to send her nomination to the floor over the next couple of weeks (how long will depend on just how much the Dems can cause procedural delays. Then she’ll be voted on by the Senate, probably around the end of this month (again depending on much the Dems can manage to gum up the works).

fred250
September 29, 2020 11:20 pm

Environmental Justice is when you DON’T leave the landscape littered with decaying wind turbines, huge lumps of concrete, and toxic chemicals from solar panels for future generations to tidy up.

Also applies to Economic justice, because someone has to pay for the clean up.

Malcolm Chapman
September 30, 2020 3:12 am

All true, of course. Do we know anything about the terms and conditions of this conference, or its participants?

Bruce Cobb
September 30, 2020 4:21 am

Environmental Justice:
noun

The prosecution, and ultimate jailing of Climate Liars like Mann, and other top criminals in the Climate Industry who told and still tell lies at the expense of humanity, for their own financial, career, and/or political gain.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
September 30, 2020 5:52 am

I like your definition of Justice, Bruce. 🙂

Sara
September 30, 2020 5:39 am

I really hope for the day when the advertising lingo, e.g., climate justice, a just climate, environmental justice, etc., etc., etc., is finally abandoned because no one paid any attention to it.

If any6one can pin down these bozos about valid definitions of their buzz word lexicon, please let us know. Hallowe’en is coming up. I was thinking of either the mad scientist costume (white coat, light bulb sticking out of one ear, goggle-eyed glasses, empty coffee cup, etc.) or the Steampunk plague doctor costume. They’re really on a par with each other.

Gordon A. Dressler
September 30, 2020 8:04 am

Just wondering now when I might receive a summons in the mail for jury service in the “environmental justice” court of law.

Or should I be assuming “environmental justice” will be handed out without need for juries?

beng135
September 30, 2020 8:16 am

He really shouldn’t be sucked into this kind of farce. In fact he should be denouncing the term “environmental justice” as pathetic and misleading.

John Endicott
Reply to  beng135
October 1, 2020 6:43 am

I could be wrong, but seems to me he’s kind of trolling the left. Using their own terminology against them by highlighting how past environmental policies or previous administrations (*cough* Obama *cough*) haven’t help “marginalized communities” but rather have hurt them.

Next we need someone to point out that access to Cheap abundant reliable energy (ie fossil fuels) is a social justice imperative for helping the “marginalized communities” and how expensive unreliable energy (ie wind/solar) hurts those communities.

ResourceGuy
September 30, 2020 8:57 am

Environmental Justice:

A word swap game so as not to use offensive language like mismanagement, corruption, or incompetence. It will be used among other things to pay for water and sewer systems that were neglected for decades except you will get to pay for these and your own. Auditors are instructed to look the other way in the name of environmental and social justice accounting standards.

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