Oil and Gas Air Pollution. Also, Texas Abortion Law Legal Fight; Breyer to Retire.

Wednesday_673x324WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26
PROGRAM # 9514 12:00 PM PT

Oil and Gas Air Pollution.

Oil and Gas Air Pollution. Methane emissions from the oil and gas industry are increasing and in addition to being one of the most “potent” greenhouse gasses that causes climate change, methane is also highly toxic for communities living nearby.  One in three people in the United States lives in a county with oil and gas production. A proposed EPA rule requires oil and gas producers to reduce emissions of methane in the field. According to polls, these restrictions are widely favored by public opinion. The public comment period ends this week. A public health expert warns about the dangers of methane pollution to community health, especially during the pandemic, since Covid infections are sending to the hospital a large number of people with pre-existing respiratory conditions.

Guest: Dr. Juanita Mora, National Spokesperson, American Lung Association, Allergist and Immunologist, Chicago Allergy Center, Chicago, IL.

Texas Abortion Law Legal Fight; Breyer to Retire. On the week of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the US Supreme Court refused to block Texas abortion law, prompting Judge Sotomayor to call it “a disaster for the rule of law and a disservice top women in Texas.” In other news, more than 200 civil rights and health care organizations sent an open letter to the United States Senate calling for the passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act given the avalanche of abortion access restrictions enacted at the state level across the country. A leading advocate also comments on breaking news about Justice Breyer’s plans to step down from the Supreme Court and the expected nomination of a Black woman to fill the vacancy, and its foreseeable impact on women rights’ cases.

Guest: Xochitl Oceguera, Vice President, MomsRising, Mexico City.

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