EPA Funnels Taxpayer Money to Dozens of Liberal Community Activist Groups

By Susan Jones|CNSNews.com

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has made it a priority "to expand the conversation on environmentalism and work for environmental justice," the EPA says. (AP Photo)

The Environmental Protection Agency recently listed 76 community groups and government agencies that will share almost 2 million taxpayer dollars in the form of “environmental justice grants.”

The grants – around $25,000 each — will fund projects that help people living in poor, minority communities increase recycling, avoid heat stroke, improve indoor air quality, “reduce carbon emissions through weatherization,” and participate in “green jobs” training programs.

But beyond the EPA’s mission of protecting human health and the environment, the grant money will boost the coffers, and perhaps the influence, of some far-left groups.

The EPA defines “environmental justice” as the notion that minority, low income and indigenous communities deserve the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, equal access to the decision-making process and a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work as wealthier communities do.

Below are just a few of the 76 groups getting taxpayer money for various “environmental justice” projects.

The Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice will use some of the grant money to train eight housing authority residents, who will then teach 900 people living in multi-family housing in Hartford how to recycle.

— The West Harlem Environmental Action group will use its environmental justice grant to “identify and address the problems posed by climate change in Northern Manhattan” and to “develop a community-based climate change readiness plan.”

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