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Environmentalist: Ferguson Happened Because of…wait for it…’Climate Change’

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Her argument is rooted in the doctrine of “environmental justice,” sometimes called “environmental racism,” which is recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the National Weather Service, the St. Louis area was not notably warmer this summer than it has ever been.

From The CornerKatherine Timpf: According to a top environmentalist organizer, climate change is responsible for this summer’s violence in Ferguson, Mo.

“Oppression and extreme weather combine to ‘incite’ militarized violence.”

“To me, the connection between militarized state violence, racism, and climate change was common-sense and intuitive,” 350.org Strategic Partnership Coordinator Deirdre Smith wrote.

“people of color also disproportionately live in climate-vulnerable areas.”

“Oppression and extreme weather combine to ‘incite’ militarized violence,” she continued. Weeks of rioting followed the killing on August 9 of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Observers around the nation criticized the police for a heavy-handed response to protests in the town, but while the rioting received international attention, it did not result in any loss of life.

Smith explained that not only do poor minority communities have fewer resources to deal with the impacts of climate change…(read more)

National Review Online

— Katherine Timpf is a reporter at National Review Online.

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