It looks as if the insanely organized smear campaign against Van Jones has finally worked. Jones, President Obama’s special adviser for green jobs, resigned Saturday after being viciously attacked for his past civil rights activism and for signing a petition that questioned U.S. involvement in 9/11.
Brazil’s Bizarro Sarah Palin, former Environment Minister Marina Silva, has just resigned from the ruling Worker’s Party in protest of the party’s neglect of environmental concerns. The move by Silva, a popular rain forest activist who had been a 30-year party member, is also believed to be an attempt to ramp up support for a run at the presidency next year.
The EPA will be closely examining the effects of hazardous waste recycling plants on low-income and minority communities. Poorer people disproportionately live in areas where such plants exist and suffer from health-related illnesses caused by the sites. The move reinstates a law dating back to the Clinton era that was largely ignored by the Bush administration.