The town of Evansville was talked about in a current episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” and never for an excellent cause.
On the Feb. 16 version of his podcast, Rogan, who’s been the topic of some current controversies concerning his stance on COVID-19 vaccines and his use of the N-word on several past podcast episodes, talked with Andrew Dessler, a local weather scientist and professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M College about quite a lot of subjects on local weather change. Evansville got here up when the dialog veered to a dialogue on air air pollution attributable to coal-fired energy crops.
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A bit of greater than an hour into the podcast, Rogan requested his assistant, Jamie Vernon, to go looking the Web for North American cities most polluted by coal. The search introduced again Evansville on the high of the record.
“Evansville?” Rogan requested. “I know someone from Evansville.”
Vernon famous that there have been seven coal crops “within 30 miles” of the town, which prompted shocked replies from each Rogan and Dessler.
“Yeah, you don’t want to live there,” Dessler mentioned.
“Holy shit, we need to see what that (Evansville) sky looks like,” Rogan replied.
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The group watched an excerpt from The Center for Public Integrity’s 12-minute video on coal air pollution, “America’s Super Polluters,” which opens with this assertion on Evansville’s air high quality:
“Southwest Indiana has some of the worst air quality in the country,” a person says at first of the clip. “The people are suffering there.”
Dessler’s look on the podcast got here every week after Rogan hosted Steven Koonin, a physicist and former U.S. Division of Power undersecretary of science throughout President Obama’s administration, to speak about his views on local weather change and why he does not consider “the science is settled
The place Evansville stands on coal air pollution
Environmental activists have lengthy described Southwest Indiana as a “sacrifice zone” the place well being takes a again seat to the coal business. Enhancements in air high quality have been seen in current a long time as utilities added air pollution controls to adjust to altering federal air high quality rules.
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Whereas the realm not struggles to fulfill air high quality requirements because it as soon as did, it nonetheless experiences occasional air high quality alerts for ozone or wonderful particulate air pollution.
In 2020, coal fueled 53 p.c of Indiana’s electrical energy manufacturing in comparison with 19 p.c nationally, based on the U.S. Power Info Administration. Indiana ranks third within the nation in whole coal consumption and coal consumption for electrical energy technology, after Texas and Missouri.
Nonetheless, there was some excellent news for Southwest Indiana residents. Indiana Michigan Energy is working to shut each its large coal-fired producing models at Rockport, Indiana, in 2028. CenterPoint Power is within the technique of changing its coal-burning A.B. Brown Energy plant close to Evansville with generators that may burn considerably cleaner pure gasoline, though that’s nonetheless a fossil gas that may produce carbon emissions.
C&P Surroundings Reporter Mark Wilson contributed to this story.
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