The US and global Environmental Justice (CfP through April 22, 2017)
Is There a Future for Environmental & Climate Justice in the Era of Trump and USEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt?
By Götz Kaufmann, 2017-03-22
On February 17, 2017, President-Trump's controversial and polarizing appointment of Scott Pruitt to become the next Administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) was confirmed by the US Senate in a politically divided vote. For weeks environmental NGOs and grassroots groups protested his selection. As the former Attorney General of Oklahoma, "he had used for six years to repeatedly sue the Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to regulate mercury, smog and other forms of pollution."
Efforts have already been made in the Trump Administration to reverse President Obama's initiatives to combat climate change, oversee waterways and wetlands and slash pollution from power plants; including the progression of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
What can we expect for the already marginalized communities who are most susceptible to the effects of environmental damage?
Longtime USEPA adversary Pruitt and his boss will push to take the United States out of the Paris climate treaty and eliminate the Obama Clean Power Plan for greenhouse gases, in addition to increasing our reliance on oil, gas, and "clean coal."
The Environmental Justice journal is now inviting manuscript submissions that explore why those who are most at risk will be members of communities who are already socially, economically, environmentally, and culturally marginalized.
If the USEPA is gutted from within by the Trump administration and stripped of its purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress, what will be the consequences?
Manuscript Submission Deadline: May 1, 2017
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