Trump-Pence: Trump has openly sided with a group of conservatives who defy science with their inability to acknowledge climate change. If we look at the history of systemic racism in America low-income communities and people of color have been harmed by pollution and lack of access to clean water, exemplified in the ongoing crisis in Flint, Michigan. Under Trump’s administration protection were removed for one-third of U.S. drinking water sources, while also lessening environmental regulations surrounding the disposal of coal ash, among many other things according to the Center for American Progress.
Just like affordable housing and everything else, Trump continues his legacy of apathy when it comes to this issue that has historically caused sickness and death among Black communities and communities of color.
Biden-Harris: Biden on the other hand intends to implement an Environmental and Climate Justice Division within the Department of Justice, according to his website. Biden said he will lean on data and science to make recommendations to communities based on research pertaining to air pollution and access to clean water.
With all of the checks and balances Biden wants to ensure, it looks like the lessons of Flint were taken seriously. But Flint still doesn’t have clean water and that disaster was discovered during Obama’s presidency where Biden served as vice president.