"Relatively, Blacks are environmental Good Samaritans. Per capita, (blacks)... emit approximately 20 percent less carbon dioxide than Whites - well below 2020 targets set by the U.S. Climate Stewardship Act. Not only do (blacks)... use more energy-conserving public transportation, (blacks)... spend considerably less per capita on energy-intensive material goods.
Yet Blacks are exposed to worse air pollution than Whites in every major metropolitan area. Some charge that the Bush administration has made matters worse by creating new policies, like the Clear Skies Act and the Healthy Forest Initiative, that allow utilities and industries to pollute more. "