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Op-Ed: From the Nile to the Mississippi, petrochemicals are the next big climate fight around the world (Louisiana Illuminator)

December 2, 2022

Dr. Beverly Wright writes, “Today, petrochemicals account for 10% of global emissions, which will increase by 20% by 2030 as production increases, making it nearly impossible for the U.S. to meet its Paris Agreement climate goals. This would also be devastating to Black, brown and poor communities living near petrochemical facilities in Louisiana.”

Op-Ed: Polluters keep forgetting, this ain’t our first rodeo (Houston Chronicle)

October 26, 2022

Dr. Robert Bullard and Jennifer Hadayia write, “Oil and gas companies are increasingly looking for new places to sell their product. They won’t be able to sell as much gasoline so they’re trying to sell more plastic, paints, pesticides, fertilizers and other products made from oil and gas.”

Op-Ed: Big gas will throttle our economy no more (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

October 6, 2022

Joseph Otis Minott writes, “Petrochemical plants create toxic byproducts that increase the risk of cancer, lung disease, and heart disease for nearby residents. Shell plant modeling suggests that its emissions will lead to tens of millions of dollars in annual health care costs for nearby counties.”

Article: The Plastics Industry Searches for a ‘Circular’ Way to Cut Plastic Waste and Make More Plastics (Inside Climate News)

September 30, 2022

Environmentalists smell a ruse, saying the industry’s talk of “advanced recycling” is nothing more than a fancy approach to a dirty business, incinerating plastics.

Article: 85 million to stop plastic production (Grist)

September 23, 2022

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropic organization took an aggressive stance against the plastics industry this week with a new campaign to stop proposed petrochemical plants from becoming a reality.

Article: Mike Bloomberg Wages War Against Plastic (Gizmodo)

September 22, 2022

Beyond Petrochemicals will focus on three regions of the country—Louisiana, Texas and the Ohio River Valley—that have been particularly hit in recent years by new petrochemical plants and planned expansions.

Article: Bloomberg takes on the plastics industry (E&E News)

September 21, 2022

The new campaign will seek to block more than 120 petrochemical projects, in addition to promoting more aggressive rules for those already in place. The plants are concentrated in Louisiana, Texas and the Ohio River Valley, all areas where petrochemical activity has drawn widespread scrutiny and pushback.

Article: Bloomberg to spend $85 million against U.S. plastic, petrochem buildout (Reuters)

September 21, 2022

At least 90 petrochemical and plastics projects have been proposed over the last decade, including 42 major construction projects that will release greenhouse gas emissions and other hazardous air pollutants, according to the Environmental Integrity Project, which tracks the planned buildouts.

Article: Bloomberg launches campaign against plastics, petrochemical plants (Politico)

September 21, 2022

The campaign, dubbed Beyond Petrochemicals: People Over Pollution, will seek to block more than 120 proposed petrochemical projects concentrated in Louisiana, Texas and the Ohio River Valley, and establish stricter rules for existing plants.

Press Release: Michael R. Bloomberg Launches New $85 Million Campaign to Stop Rapid Rise of Pollution From the Petrochemical Industry in the United States

September 21, 2022

Beyond Petrochemicals: People Over Pollution aims to halt the rapid expansion of petrochemical and plastic pollution in the United States.