President Joe Biden signed a radical executive order to enforce ‘environmental and social justice’ for federal agencies Friday.
The order enacts federal “scorecards” that will assess the social and environmental impact of government actions and “hold agencies accountable” for promoting so-called ‘equity.’
The Post Millennial reports:
The order establishes a White House Office of Environmental Justice, headed by a Federal Chief Environmental Justice Officer who will oversee “environmental justice” goals throughout the government.
The order says it will focus on ensuring that lower-income people and minorities are not subjected to “disproportionate environmental harms,” especially those stemming from “a legacy of racial discrimination, including redlining.”
The order will require agencies to notify nearby communities in the event of a release of toxic substances from a federal facility and directs agencies to address gaps in science, data and research related to “environmental justice.”
The White House also announced a new environmental justice scorecard that will assess federal agencies’ records on environmental justice.
“The Executive Order charges federal agencies with conducting new assessments of their environmental justice efforts and developing, implementing, and periodically updating an environmental justice strategic plan. These Environmental Justice Strategic Plans and Assessments will be submitted to the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and made public on a regular basis, including through the Environmental Justice Scorecard, a new government-wide assessment of federal agencies’ efforts to advance environmental justice,” the White House said.
The notion of “scorecards” is concerning for many conservatives, who argue that this move could be seen as the Biden administration setting the stage for a social credit system that could target individuals for not holding the same values as the ruling regime.
Some opponents of the far-left order have also argued that agencies will feel pressured to prioritize social justice concerns in order to receive favorable scores, rather than focusing on the bottom line, and the country’s overall well-being.