KQED: An industry group hired Southern California residents to push for natural gas

Listen here. A new investigation from the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and an environmental news collaboration called Floodlight has found that in 2017, an industry group hired Southern California residents to push for natural gas alternatives to diesel trucks, which are stoking pollution around LA’s hyper-busy port complex. The group paid advocates who say […]

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They fought for clean air. They didn’t know they were part of a gas industry campaign

Diesel truck pollution from the busiest port complex in the United States has fouled the air in nearby neighborhoods in Southern California for decades. So when port officials asked for feedback on cleaning up that pollution, hundreds of people weighed in. Los Angeles and Long Beach officials hoped residents would help them decide whether to […]

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‘Fear on top of fear’: Why anti-gun Americans joined the wave of new gun owners

Pandemic, police violence, calls to ‘defund the police’ fuel surge of first-time buyers All his life, Jabril Battle was anti-gun. Then came the pandemic, the lockdown, the shortages and a feeling that at any moment, things could blow. Battle bought a Beretta. Drawn to last summer’s protests against police violence, Savannah Grace found herself face-to-face […]

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Miracle in the desert

The hunt for lithium and environmental justice on the shores of a dying lake tanding on the banks of the lakeshore, Darlene Berber’s view of her former neighbourhood was both familiar and strangely altered.  “That’s where the marina used to be,” she said, as she guided us round what remains of Vista Del Mar. “There […]

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