Amidst duel crises of illegal immigration and rising drug overdoses, Massachusetts Democratic Governor Maura Healey has decided to crack down on the real culprit of the Bay State’s problems: Single-use plastic bottles.
Monday morning, the governor announced at The Clinton Global Initiative in New York City that she will be banning state agencies from purchasing single-use plastic bottles because climate change demands it.
“We know that plastic waste, plastic production are among the leading threats to our oceans, our climate, and environmental justice. In government, we have an obligation — we also have an opportunity — to not only stop contributing to this damage but to chart a better path forward,” Healey said.
There are some buzzwords in that statement that should be broken down before moving on to a parting thought about Healey and her ilk’s “concern” about the planet.
As previously discussed, climate or environmental “justice” can commonly be taken to mean the race-based redistribution of wealth. Indeed, just last month Healey announced millions in taxpayer funding toward green energy projects and jobs in “environmental justice” communities. What does that mean? Well, here are the criteria to qualify as an “EJ” in Massachusetts, per the state government:
- the annual median household income is 65 percent or less of the statewide annual median household income
- minorities make up 40 percent or more of the population
- 25 percent or more of households identify as speaking English less than “very well”
- minorities make up 25 percent or more of the population and the annual median household income of the municipality in which the neighborhood is located does not exceed 150 percent of the statewide annual median household income
So, as readers can see, green energy funding is, to reiterate, often just a vehicle for the mass redistribution of wealth along racial and ethnic lines. It’s no different in the Bay State.
On Monday, Healey also told the crowd at CGI, “In our coastal state, we know climate change is our biggest threat. We also believe that taking action is our greatest opportunity, an opportunity to secure a safe, prosperous, and sustainable future.”
One has to wonder how many folks flew on private jets to that meeting in New York City. Something tells me that Healey won’t be banning state travel via gas-guzzling modes of transportation anytime soon. Nor does it seem that she offered her worldly peers any chastisement for their use of fossil fuels to gallivant around the globe.
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