Trump Administration Restart of Huge St. Croix Oil Refinery Raises EJ Concerns

Trump Administration Restart of Huge St. Croix Oil Refinery Raises EJ Concerns

The idyllic island of St. Croix, part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a Caribbean paradise — and also the site of one of America’s largest oil refineries. The Limetree Bay oil refinery caused one of the biggest oil spills in U.S. history and violated the Clean Air Act, and until early this year had been idled since 2012. 

Why this Matters: The refinery provides jobs on the island that had been hurt by two hurricanes in 2017.  But it also raises numerous troubling issues, not the least of which is that the majority of people living near the refinery are Black and nearly a third identify as Hispanic or Latino, and many are poor.

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Democrats Introduce Environmental Justice Legislation with Advocate Support

Democrats Introduce Environmental Justice Legislation with Advocate Support

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Congressional Democrats are making environmental justice a focus of their climate agenda., Recently, t two new bills were introduced that seek to lower utility bills and decrease the disproportionate burden of pollution experienced by communities of color. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who is reintroducing the Environmental Justice for All Act which […]

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Women Fighting For Communities of Color: Heather McTeer Toney

Women Fighting For Communities of Color: Heather McTeer Toney

Heather McTeer Toney is an American lawyer, politician, and environmental activist and served as the first African-American and female mayor of Greenville, MS. In 2014, Toney was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Regional Administrator for the EPA’s Southeast Region. And since then she’s continued her work, first leading the Moms Clean Air […]

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Interview of the Week: Rt Hon. David Lammy click button

Interview of the Week: Rt Hon. David Lammy

This past week, Our Daily Planet got a chance to sit down with the Right Honorable David Lammy, Member of Parliament for Tottenham, as well as the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor in Keir Starmer’s Shadow Cabinet. We were inspired to talk to David after a recent TED Talk he […]

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Stronger Social Infrastructure Will Help Working Families Overcome the Climate Crisis

Stronger Social Infrastructure Will Help Working Families Overcome the Climate Crisis

By Mary Kay Henry When a climate-driven fire, flood, extreme heat, or cold event, or — as we have endured over the past year — pandemic hits, working Americans face difficult, life-changing crises. Working families are more likely to watch their homes get destroyed, lose access to power and water, go through the shock of […]

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Historical Hero of the Week: Hazel M. Johnson

Historical Hero of the Week: Hazel M. Johnson

Hazel Johnson was an environmental activist from Chicago’s South Side who is known as the mother of the environmental justice movement. As Block Club Chicago wrote, Becoming an environmental activist wasn’t something the New Orleans native had set out to do, but when her husband, John — a bricklayer — was felled by cancer in […]

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