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Will climate change policy leave marginalized communities behind?

Pushing to meet President Biden’s climate change targets in his home state, Delaware lawmakers are creating an environmental justice task force to ensure infrastructure projects benefit marginalized Delawareans.

Biden has set ambitious climate targets, seeking to cut emissions in half based on 2005 levels by 2030. That’s twice as aggressive as what was agreed to under the Paris Climate agreement.

Now state lawmakers want to ensure any federal funding goes to the communities most negatively impacted by climate change and pollution with its new task force.

Senate sponsor Marie Pinkney (D-New Castle) highlighted Marshallton in New Castle County — where the mostly poor and Black residents are 33 percent more likely to develop cancer than people in Delaware’s wealthier communities.

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