The metropolis of Evansville was talked about in a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” and never for a very good cause.
On the Feb. 16 version of his podcast, Rogan, who’s been the topic of some recent 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 University about a wide range 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 vegetation.
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A little bit greater than an hour into the podcast, Rogan requested his assistant, Jamie Vernon, to look the Internet for North American cities most polluted by coal. The search introduced again Evansville on the prime of the record.
“Evansville?” Rogan requested. “I know someone from Evansville.”
Vernon famous that there have been seven coal vegetation “within 30 miles” of the town, which prompted shocked replies from each Rogan and Dessler.
“Yeah, you don’t want to live there,” Dessler stated.
“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. Department of Energy undersecretary of science throughout President Obama’s administration, to speak about his views on local weather change and why he does not imagine “the science is settled” in regards to there being a local weather emergency.
Where 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 trade. Improvements in air high quality have been seen in recent many years as utilities added air pollution controls to adjust to altering federal air high quality laws.
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While the world now not struggles to satisfy air high quality requirements because it as soon as did, it nonetheless experiences occasional air high quality alerts for ozone or high-quality particulate air pollution.
In 2020, coal fueled 53 p.c of Indiana’s electrical energy manufacturing in comparison with 19 p.c nationally, in response to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Indiana ranks third in the nation in complete coal consumption and coal consumption for electrical energy era, after Texas and Missouri.
However, there was some excellent news for Southwest Indiana residents. Indiana Michigan Power is working to shut each its huge coal-fired producing items at Rockport, Indiana, in 2028. CenterLevel Energy is in the method of changing its coal-burning A.B. Brown Power plant close to Evansville with generators that may burn considerably cleaner pure fuel, though that’s nonetheless a fossil gas that may produce carbon emissions.
C&P Environment Reporter Mark Wilson contributed to this story.
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