Derrick Z. Jackson: Coronavirus pandemic—the consequences of sidelining science

A naturally occurring crisis is morphing into a human-made disaster in the United States because of the Trump administration's sidelining of science and scientists.

Having paved over the science on pandemics, the Trump administration puts up parking lots. Literally.

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Derrick Z. Jackson: Environmental racism in action

The Trump administration is trying mightily to gut the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the law that mandates rigorous, science-based environmental impact reviews for major infrastructure and construction projects prior to federal permitting.

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Derrick Z. Jackson: Trump's polluted policies leave children in bad air

Let the children suffocate. That is the vicious message from President Trump in his proposed budget cuts for the Environmental Protection Agency for fiscal year 2021.

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Derrick Z. Jackson: Asbestos, ubiquitous and avoidable, is a deadly threat to our kids

In the United States, gun violence kills nearly 40,000 people a year and has killed nearly 40,000 or so children and teenagers since 1999, and yet the nation is still without serious gun control.

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Derrick Z. Jackson: EPA’s new water rule is a mockery of science and the Clean Water Act

With the Environmental Protection Agency's own data showing that nearly half of our rivers and streams and a third of our wetlands are in "poor biological condition," and with millions of Americans exposed to unsafe chemicals in water systems, this is a bad time to make a mockery of the Clean Water Act.

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Mural on a house on Lawndale Avenue in the Little Village area of Chicago, Illinois. (Credit: Terence Faircloth/flickr)

Derrick Z. Jackson: Toxic injustices

A sobering afternoon in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago with Antonio Lopez showed what any Green New Deal must undo, let alone do.

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Derrick Z. Jackson: Natural gas vs. renewable energy — beware the latest gas industry talking points

The natural gas industry is on an aggressive public relations tear to convince Americans that for decades to come, it is the "bridge" between coal and renewable energy.

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Derrick Z. Jackson: The biggest casualty of Trump’s Dorian deceit? Our common bonds

President Trump's lies to corroborate his false claim that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama caused a destructive gale of its own. With this attack on science, Trump ripped at a thread of our nation's social fabric—the weather.

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