Talking Points on the Environment #6

Eco-Extremists Would Send Minorities to the Back of the Bus

Industry may not be alone on the Greens' enemy list:

Opponents of the environmentalist campaign to ban the pesticide DDT during the early 1970s argued that banning the substance would lead to the death of thousands --perhaps even millions -- of people in the Third World from disease and starvation.

So-called environmental groups often place the preservation of wildlife as a higher priority than the needs of blacks and other minorities. In 1990, for example, the Nature Conservancy and the National Audubon Society opposed a sheep grazing program of poor Chicanos in New Mexico even though the grazing was essential to a much-needed economic development project.

Regulations advocated by environmentalists have forced thousands of small companies out of business, according to Congress' Joint Economic Committee. Minorities are hurt by these regulations disproportionately because the vast majority of minority-owned firms are small. In 1990, there were some 339,239 businesses owned by African-Americans, yet these firms accounted for a mere 1% of total U.S. business receipts.

Minorities are apparently the principal target of the environmentalists' global population reduction campaign. By the year 2050, people of color will be a majority in the U.S. Worldwide, Asian, African and Latin American populations continue to grow the fastest. When environmentalists call for global population reductions, they are really saying there are too many Asians, Blacks and Hispanics.

Excessive environmental regulations kill jobs and minorities pay the highest price. According to U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration studies (1984, 1986, and 1988) blacks are harder hit by downturns in the economy because they tend to be concentrated in production-related occupations. During the 1979-1983 recession, for example, the re-employment rate of black men was 63.1% compared to 77.9% for white men.


Information from: National Center for Public Policy Research National Policy Analysis paper No. 93 by David Ridenour; Monthly Labor Review, July 1991; and Environmental Overkill by Dixy Lee Ray (Regnery Gateway, 1993).

Issue Date: July 7, 1993.

Talking Points on the Economy: Environment #6, by Bob Adams, published by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 1993



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