PITTSBURGH—As the U.S. braces for the social and financial impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, some financial analysts predict that two markets will be among those hit hardest: Fracking and plastics manufacturing.
Environmental concerns about heavy industry and natural gas drilling have stirred intense debate around Pittsburgh. A coalition of local unions and manufacturing companies has launched a new effort to advocate for "traditional and manufacturing industries."
Peduto has not committed to the Green New Deal, arguing that the proposal hasn't gotten enough support from unions involved in the fossil-fuel industry. He also opposed setting a deadline for a ban on fracking.
In this week's Beyond the Headlines, Environmental Health News editor Peter Dykstra joins Host Steve Curwood to discuss the growing plastic industry in fracking country and the indigenous blockade of a major pipeline project in Canada.