Posted inAir Pollution, Environmental Justice

How Low-Emission Vehicles are Perpetuating ‘Systemic Environmental Racism’ in Detroit

When automaker Stellantis announced plans for a $1.6 billion auto production site in Detroit — the city’s first new vehicle assembly plant in three decades — local leaders welcomed the investment with open arms. The project was framed as a boon for the city’s struggling economy, bringing thousands of jobs and promising to revitalize the […]

Posted inEnvironmental Justice

Two Black Women Now Lead the White House’s Main Environmental Policy Council

The Biden administration announced Thursday that Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome — a climate and racial justice advocate from Detroit — will become the White House’s top environmental justice official, filling a position vacated nearly three months ago amid concerns about delays in Biden’s climate justice agenda. With White-Newsome’s appointment, the Council on Environmental Quality — the […]

Posted inPolitics & Policy, Voices of Change

Meet the 24-Year-Old Climate Activist Trying to Shake up Los Angeles Politics

Ahead of the 2022 midterms, Capital B is talking to newsmakers across the country who want to reshape American politics or galvanize Black voices in government. Our “Voices of Change” series will update periodically with insights from the candidates, activists, lawmakers, and political insiders whom you should know. LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Bryant Odega wanted […]

Posted inEnvironmental Justice

Concentration of Oil and Gas Drilling in Black Neighborhoods Is Deliberate, Study Suggests

For decades, state governments and private companies have asserted that oil production sites were chosen solely by natural factors: where oil was most abundant, easiest to drill, and cheapest to procure. But a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley identifies more pernicious motivations, suggesting that social factors — namely race — […]