An EPA student program designed to help low-income and minority graduate students learn about and address key impacts of climate change and environmental issues in their communities has been deemed “too radical” to continue by one Congressman.
On Monday, Representative Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) announced legislation to defund the EPA’s Environmental Justice eco-Ambassador Program and other student programs “related to the study of greenhouse gases.” The program, which provides a stipend for low-income and minority graduate students specializing in environmental and public health related-areas to intern at community-based organizations, is designed to provide students with the opportunity to help communities address and adapt to climate change and other environment-related impacts.
Representative Pompeo believes that the program “indoctrinates” students and forces them to adhere to what he says is the Obama Administration’s “radical” environmental policies.
Pompeo’s legislation stipulates:
“No student internship, fellowship, scholarship, or other student program administered by the Environmental Protection Agency may establish any requirement that an applicant possess any experience that constitutes an endorsement of a particular political position with regard to environmental protection.”
Low-income and minority communities are routinely disproportionately impacted by climate change and environmental disasters, yet are rarely provided the same resources to adapt to and pre-empt issues as wealthier communities.
This is a trend, Representative Pompeo seems to believe, that must be allowed to continue.