April 12th, 2012
Homeland Security commits to fight climate change and “melting Arctic ice”
(PaulWatson) – Audi’s 2010 ‘Green Police’ spoof commercial may not be far off becoming reality with the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security is creating new “environmental justice” units that will be empowered to oversee regulations in conjunction with local government.
In its Environmental Justice Strategy document, the DHS says the idea is to “include environmental justice practices in our larger mission efforts involving federal law enforcement and emergency response activities” and to incorporate environmental justice in “securing the homeland”.
The DHS sees its role in promoting “environmental justice” as not just limited to overseeing reviews of its own operations, but also “through regulatory permitting activities” in conjunction with state, local and tribal governments.
“It will take not one, but two DHS units to “ensure the success” of the environmental justice strategy,” reports Power Line. “But wait, there’s more! “Four other headquarters offices provide critical support for . . . successfully implementing this strategy.” But if you’re a lowly TSA agent not under one of those six offices, not to worry—you’re considered an eco-warrior, too: “Every Component of the Department has a role, some larger, some smaller, in ensuring that environmental justice has been considered in securing the homeland without placing disproportionate burdens on the health and environment of low income populations and minority populations.”
The framework for the DHS’ ‘Environmental Justice Working Group includes eleven federal government bodies, including the TSA, the Secret Service and FEMA.
The document also lists concerns such as “climate change” and “melting Arctic ice,” despite recent reports confirming the the amount of floating ice in the Arctic’s Bering Sea “reached all-time record high levels last month,” according to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center.
The DHS’ environmental justice strategy follows calls by Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano for the federal agency to start battling “climate change” as a national security issue.
Is the DHS’ new “environmental justice” program just a bureaucratic nod to fashionable ‘green’ mandates, or will we see the federal government getting involved in seizing property under authoritarian eco zoning laws as is already happening across the country with city and state governments under the auspices of the UN’s Agenda 21?
How long before we see TSA workers running eco-checkpoints and DHS agents inspecting trash as depicted in Audi’s ‘Green Police’ spoof?