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Biden Admin Gives Universities $177 Million in Taxpayer Dollars for “Environmental Justice”

The money is purportedly to combat “generational disinvestment” and “legacy pollution.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Biden administration is mixing race into the Left’s climate change blame game and the American taxpayer is footing the bill.

Universities have started rolling out new “environmental justice centers” to help “underserved and overburdened communities” paid for by $177 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the College Fix reported last week.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provides the following definition of the euphemistic term: “Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

The definition adds that “Fair treatment means that no population bears a disproportionate share of negative environmental consequences.”

Seven universities will receive nearly $10 million from taxpayers, including: University of Arizona, San Diego State University, University of Connecticut, University of Minnesota, New Mexico State University, Wichita State University and University of Washington.

The centers are tasked with “removing barriers and improving accessibility for communities with environmental justice concerns.”

The grants are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Justice40 Initiative to “ensure that 40% of the benefits of certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities.” The project vows to fight “generational disinvestment” and “legacy pollution,”

“Our frontline communities have borne the brunt of the consequences of pollution and the climate crisis,” Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (D-CA) said in a press release. “We shouldn’t further compound that harm by maintaining the status quo and barriers to federal resources.”

In addition to the aforementioned universities, taxpayer money will also be distributed to Inter-American University of Puerto Rico-Metro Campus, National Wildlife Federation, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Research Triangle Institute, Blacks in Green, Willamette Partnership and West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc.