Don’t ignore the health risks of fracking pollution – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Don't ignore the health risks of fracking pollution - Santa Cruz Sentinel

The flags are at half mast to mark a sad and infuriating number – half a million Americans now dead from COVID-19. Incompetent, confusing and irresponsible leadership caused this heartbreaking death toll. I can’t believe Governor Newsom’s response to COVID-19 ignores the effects of particles created by oil production and processing on its close neighbors. He even ignored the Harvard study late last year that people breathing these particles are more likely to die from COVID-19. Now, a new Harvard study reveals links between oil pollution and premature deaths worldwide to the tune of 8.7 million in 2018 alone. That makes 34,000 Californians. On the same day the study was published, California issued 11 new fracking permits, paving the way for up to 59 particulate-polluting fracking jobs. While I do not support efforts to recall our governor for …

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