Panda is developing a new natural gas-fired power plant in Maryland, and environmentalist groups are saying it’s black and white. It’s anything but.
Last year, the fight against the Panda Mattawoman Power Plant came to a head. Groups like the Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Earthjustice decided that to fight the new natural gas-fired power plant, they needed to make it civil rights instead of environmental rights.
I discussed the brewing fight here and from I could gather, this was NIMBYism and not based on race. If it were the latter then civil rights activists would have been brought it. Where is the NAACP, National Urban League or the ACLU? Where is my favorite, the Institute of Justice? It is really about keeping the power plants out of the area.