The White House unveiled a plan Wednesday focused on mitigating the negative effects of climate change on Latino minorities, who data show suffer the most from environmental consequences.
“An analysis by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicated that Hispanics and Latinos are 43% more likely to live in areas where extreme temperatures result in the highest estimated loss of work hours, which are only increased by climate change and Hispanic children are 30% more likely to go to the emergency room for asthma,” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said during a press conference.
For this reason, the U.S. government, through the Inflation Reduction Act, intends to address this climate problem with the nation’s minorities with a plan that seeks to create “environmental justice, grants, and several programs dedicated to reducing air pollution.” Provides historic levels of funding for other programs.
He plans to allocate some $100 million in grants, the “largest amount ever” to the EPA on the issue, aimed at “creating clean and healthy communities for all.”
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The agency does not provide further details on the procedures to be followed to apply for assistance. It is expected that “seminars will be held in the coming months to answer questions and facilitate the submission of applications.” The tenure will end on 10 April.
Antonietta Cádiz, director of the Hispanic Commitment of Climate Power, a climate advocacy group, celebrated the implementation of these aids in communities “that are suffering the worst of the climate crisis.”
“Last year alone, extreme weather caused 18 disasters in the United States at a cost of $165,000 million,” Cadiz said, adding that these programs should “improve the lives of communities who are on the front lines of environmental injustice.” and the climate crisis”.
Furthermore, the environmental activist also recalled that “this is only a fraction of a $3,000 million fund for environmental justice earmarked to address environmental and public health damage related to pollution and climate change.”
“This is the beginning of really important changes that will benefit Latinos for the next 10 years,” he stressed, adding that “it is important that people are informed about how the climate crisis will affect us.”
Regan stressed that EPA is working closely with community leaders as well as schools, universities and other stakeholders “to make sure that we’re providing technical support to community leaders who have community-driven solutions.” who do not normally have a seat at the table”.
“In the coming months, we will be spending time with the community providing technical support and soliciting proposals and ideas for actual grants to be announced in the coming months.”
In July 2022, U.S. President Joe Biden signed into law the Cut Inflation Act, a bill he described as “most important” to address climate issues and other concerns such as transportation, lower health care costs, cut the deficit, and reduce inflation. Strong Bill”.
Although Senate Republicans at first assured that they would block this legislative proposal, in the end 14 senators from the red benches joined 50 Democrats in moving the plan forward.
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