Derrick Z. Jackson

Derrick Z. Jackson

Journalist Derrick Z. Jackson, a 2018 winner from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, a 10-time winner from the National Association of Black Journalists and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is co-author of Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock (2015). He can be reached at dzjphoto@gmail.com

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Sunday, October 20, 2019
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. The campaign is loaded with disinformation. The American Petroleum Institute (API) says it’s pushing gas as a “foundation for the...
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Sunday, January 20, 2019
Trump Swamp Threatens Waters of the US
Last month, the Trump EPA finally issued its intended replacement to the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and R.D. James, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, wrote in the Kansas City Star that less stringent...
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Friday, July 06, 2018
How Dangerous is New EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler? Very. Here’s Why.
With Scott Pruitt’s resignation as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency amid a slew of ethics scandals, environmentalists who long campaigned for his ouster should be careful what they wished for. That is because the acting administrator of the EPA is now Andrew Wheeler, formerly...
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Friday, February 03, 2017
Kraft, Belichick, and Brady — All the President’s Men
As certain as it is that Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, and Tom Brady will one day be in pro football’s hall of fame, they are no profile in courage. They are delivering, on sport’s biggest stage, a textbook example of enabling a bully. On the eve of their seventh Super Bowl together as the...
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s Black Conversion
Failing to win white voters in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton needs her black firewall like never before. Her speech yesterday in Harlem touched on criminal justice and economic opportunity. Those remarks follow a stop in majority-black Flint, Mich., to decry its lead-water crisis, and a debate in...
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Saturday, February 13, 2016
Supreme Court Thumbs Its Nose at a Clean Energy Future
The Supreme Court's stay of President Obama’s Clean Power Pla n is not the final blow to the Obama administration’s climate change policy, but it seems directly aimed at tarnishing the president’s environmental legacy. The ruling virtually guarantees that, even if the plan survives court challenges...
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Memo to Hillary Clinton: What’s Not to Like About Denmark?
Dear Hillary Clinton, You looked so proud of yourself when you threw Denmark under the bus at last week’s presidential debate. You couldn’t wait to jump all over Bernie Sanders’ suggestion that the United States should look to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway as models of free health care, free...
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
‘Broken Windows,’ Broken Policy
The deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and others at the hands of police demonstrate that the “broken windows’’ theory of policing doesn’t work and should be eliminated. The theory that targeting low-level crimes will reduce major ones has led to the deaths of unarmed blacks by police over petty...
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Hysteria over Ferguson Grand Jury an Indictment of America
Even though a grand jury did not indict a white police officer in the killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old man in Ferguson, Missouri, the national hysteria leading up to decision is a fresh indictment of America. The core issue was a charge of police brutality by a white officer shooting an...
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Wednesday, January 09, 2013
All of Earth Now a Mercury Hotspot
Nearly a year ago, I interviewed David Evers, the executive director of Maine’s Biodiversity Research Institute, on the revelation that insect-eating inland songbirds can accumulate mercury at dangerous levels every bit as much as fish-eating river and coastal birds. He called the findings a “game-changing paradigm shift” for understanding mercury’s pernicious presence.
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