McCarthy made the comments in an EPA video on environmental justice that was released earlier this month.
In the video, McCarthy says that communities of color and tribal populations have health issues resulting from smog, dirty air and unsafe drinking water: “These public health threats make it harder for our kids with asthma to learn in schools, for our families to deal with those medical bills and manage those finances, and folks are hurting from pollution and they can’t find a job,” she said.
She did not explain the connection between "hurting from pollution" and not being able to find a job.
The video marks the 20th anniversary of former President Clinton’s signing of the executive order "Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations."
In the video McCarthy says, “To celebrate the progress we’ve made and how much more we can accomplish under President Obama’s leadership, we’re dedicating February 2014 as Environmental Justice Month.”
There are currently 10.2 million unemployed Americans, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The U-6 unemployment rate, what is commonly called the “real” unemployment rate, is 12.7 percent.
The U-6 rate includes the unemployed plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons.
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