Derrick Z. Jackson

Derrick Z. Jackson

Derrick Z. Jackson is 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 and 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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Asbestos  is a carcinogenic mineral now banned in more than 60 nations. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
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. Another 40,000 people die each year in traffic accidents, including 1,200 children 14 and under. Yet we...
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Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, not only went against dollars and cents in pleasing his fellow polluters, he went against all scientific sense. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 24, 2020
EPA’s New Water Rule 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...
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A Superfund site on the left, and the Waukegancoal plant that has been polluting groundwater with coal ash. (Photo: Derrick Z. Jackson) Views
Monday, December 16, 2019
Toxic Injustice and the Green New Deal
A sobering afternoon in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago with Antonio Lopez showed what any Green New Deal must undo , let alone do. Five miles southwest of the glittering downtown Loop, this gutsy neighborhood of some 74,000 people, 85 percent of whom are Latino, is a crowning citadel of...
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A natural gas drilling rig. Views
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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