Dem senators launch Environmental Justice Caucus

Dem senators launch Environmental Justice Caucus
© Greg Nash

A trio of Democratic senators on Monday announced the creation of the Environmental Justice Caucus in the Senate. 

Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Cory Booker talks about 'geeking out' over Rosario Dawson's Marvel role Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals MORE (D-N.J.), Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthAdvocates push for EpiPens on flights after college student's mid-flight allergic reaction Overnight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker Woman accusing Trump military nominee of sexual assault says she's willing to testify MORE (D-Ill.) and Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperFighting the opioid epidemic: Congress can't just pass laws, but must also push to enforce them Overnight Energy: Scientists flee USDA as research agencies move to Kansas City area | Watchdog finds EPA skirted rules to put industry reps on boards | New rule to limit ability to appeal pollution permits Watchdog finds EPA skirted rules when appointing industry leaders to science boards MORE (D-Del.) made the announcement on Earth Day and said the caucus will work to raise awareness of environmental issues that have impacted low-income communities and people of color. 

The caucus will also work to help those individuals and communities by providing assistance to them and creating legislation. 

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Duckworth said in a statement that all Americans have "the right to breathe safe air, drink clean water and live on uncontaminated land regardless of their zip code, the size of their wallet and the color of their skin."

"However, too often that is not the case, especially for low income communities and people of color. That’s why I’m proud to start the Senate’s first Environmental Justice Caucus to raise awareness of the fact that communities of color face public health challenges at alarming rates while too many in power look the other way," Duckworth said. 

"Together, we will be strong advocates for every person’s right to a safe, healthy and livable environment," she continued.

Booker, who is running for president in 2020 and has support the Green New Deal, said in a statement that "communities of color, low income communities, and indigenous communities" in the U.S. "disproportionately face environmental hazards and harmful pollutants on a daily basis."

"Clean air and clean water shouldn’t be luxuries for the privileged, and the Environmental Justice Caucus is an important step toward raising awareness and taking action to address this injustice," he added.