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'Environmental Justice' Is Guaranteed Employment for Government Lawyers

So far as government officials are concerned, there’s no authority like amorphous authority. Even better when that amorphous authority is wielded against ill-defined crimes, so that the powers-that-be have carte blanche to ruin the day of whoever draws their attention. That’s what we’re looking at with the ’s new Office of Environmental Justice, which enacts a racialized vision of law and, importantly, hands officialdom a free hand in the process.

“The Justice Department has three essential responsibilities: upholding the rule of law, keeping our country safe, and protecting civil rights. Seeking and securing justice for communities that are disproportionately burdened by environmental harms is a task demanded by all three of those responsibilities,” Attorney General insisted last week as he introduced the Justice Department’s new Office of Environmental Justice and its underlying strategy.

“The burdens of environmental pollution have long been borne disproportionately by members of

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