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Cities score $1 billion in federal grants to fight 'environmental injustice' with shade

Published in Blog on September 26, 2023 by Brianna Kraemer

Biden's U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is dishing out over $1 billion for cities to plant trees. That's right. Inner cities need more shade to combat "extreme heat and climate change."

Oh, how we've come full circle.

Trees were long ago excavated for major cities to grow, but now cities have evidently developed too far. The USDA argues cities need access to nature, yet 97% of America's land is nature – forests, grasslands, cropland, and wildlife areas. A slim 3% of America's 2.3 billion acres are urban, according to USDA data. Never mind America's abundant access to nature, we must spend ample amounts of money to bring nature back to built-up cities.

In an effort to counter environmental injustice, trees will be planted in areas that mostly serve minorities who have been harmed by a lack of shade, according to The Center Square. The funds come from the so-called Inflation Reduction Act, which was pitched as a way to slow inflation. What it actually did was open the door to the biggest climate spending spree in world history – while citizens continue to fight the effects of inflation.

The funding is in line with the Justice40 Initiative, an executive order Biden signed during his first week in office that aims to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of relevant federal investments to disadvantaged communities.

"President Biden set a bold goal to cut in half the number of people that do not have access to parks and nature by the end of the decade," said Brenda Mallory, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. "This funding will expand access to green space in underserved communities nationwide, advancing the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to environmental justice and our Justice40 Initiative."

In a press release, the USDA says studies show that trees in communities are associated with improved physical and mental health, lower average temperatures during extreme heat, and increased food security, and create new economic opportunities.

It's like humans were made to be outdoors and live off the land. What a concept. However, that would mean escaping the city life, and with that comes a whole different type of voter.  

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