en. Kamala Harris announced she was teaming up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to make sure the Green New Deal would lift up low-income communities, people of color, and indigenous communities.
The bill, titled "Climate Equity Act of 2019," would require congressional climate and environmental bills to have an equity score and require additional review for "climate equity" in federal regulations. The bill would additionally require all major federal climate and environmental investments to consider front-line groups, including low-income communities, indigenous communities, and communities of color. The bill would create an office of Climate and Environmental Justice Accountability to handle new responsibilities created by the bill.
The non-binding resolution includes calls for the U.S. to deal with "a large racial wealth divide." The resolution also claimed environmental issues "disproportionately" affect indigenous communities.
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