Economic justice

US Rep. Palmer calls for ‘energy justice’, ‘economic justice’ as Democrats push for ‘climate justice’

President Joe Biden has been in office for just over 100 days and he has already had a profound impact on energy policy, especially now that Democrats control both houses of Congress and the White House.

Part of that impact is a renewed focus on so-called anthropogenic climate change, which U.S. Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) says is hurting the quality of life for low-income families.

During an interview with FM Talk 106.5 mobile radio’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” Palmer argued with a greater focus on race, that Democrats should examine the impact of these policies on low-income minority families. income.

“They did everything about race,” he said. “I am part of the select committee on the climate crisis. I also sit on the energy and trade committee. Now they talk about “climate justice”, “environmental justice”. And what they don’t talk about is economic justice. You know, I ran a think tank for years, and we looked at the impact of rising energy costs on low-income families, especially minority families. We looked at the health consequences of living in homes in winter that aren’t warm enough, particularly for cardiovascular and respiratory disease. So I started pushing them back and talking about energy justice and energy poverty. I did this for three or four consecutive hearings where I brought up the fact that there is a town in Illinois, Pembroke Township – 2,100 people, 80% of the population is black. But they don’t have a gas pipeline in this town. People heat their homes with propane. It is more expensive and in many cases with wood stoves.

“[T]hey talk about climate justice and environmental justice, and I want to talk about energy poverty, energy justice and economic justice,” Palmer added. “And how they really don’t care about people, especially low income people.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, editor of Breitbart TV, columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9am-12pm on FM Talk 106.5.