Opinion: Environmental truth, justice and the American way

Camden, New Jersey

ALBERT B. KELLY / NJ.COM – The phrase “environmental justice” is one that I imagine half the public dismisses with a roll of the eyes. Many people have concluded it’s just one of those “touchy-feely,” politically correct terms that are easily weaponized as the tip of some spear in our never-ending culture wars — the ones that fuel our partisan politics.

I understand why some feel this way. The pushback comes because “environmental justice” because it suggests there must be some injustice, and the word “injustice” always presumes that someone is to blame. Because geography and demographics come into play, this inevitably touches raw nerve endings about poverty, wealth, race and ethnicity …

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