Trump’s new rules expose US blacks
US BLACKS face a disproportionate risk of health problems from pollution caused by the oil and gas industry and the situation could worsen as President Donald Trump dismantles environmental regulations, advocacy groups say.
A report by the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People civil rights group and the Clean Air Task Force, said more than a million AfricanAmericans live within 800m of an oil and gas operation, and more than 6.7 million live in a county with a refinery.
“African-Americans are exposed to 38% more polluted air than Caucasian Americans and they are 75% more likely to live in fence-line communities (neighbourhoods adjacent to industrial facilities) than the average American. In the current regulatory environment, the disproportionate burden of pollution will only increase for low-income communities and communities of colour,” it said.
Trump’s administration has begun to unravel Obama-era environmental regulations limiting emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, saying they are overly costly for industry and unnecessary to protect public health.