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Smogtown Goes to China, arguably civilization’s most polluted nation ever, and Opens Some Bloodshot Eyes.

June 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Our book, Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles (The Overlook Press/Penguin Group U.S.A.) was released in November 2008, just as the U.S. economy began to crater towards the Great Recession or worse. Despite that horrific timing, the book garnered critical success, but still came up a wee bit short of our expectations. […]

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Tags: AQMD · California · Chip Jacobs · Clean Air Act · environmental catastrophe · environmental policy · EPA · global warming · globalization · greenhouse gases · Overlook Press · Penguin Group USA · People's Republic of Chemicals · Pollution exporting · Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers · Smoggy China · Smogtown · Soil contamination · Water contamination

So Many People, So Much Murk & Karma – the People’s Republic of Chemcials

March 31st, 2014 · No Comments

* Chip discusses his forthcoming book, The People’s Republic of Chemicals, and global smog on National Public Radio affiliate KCRW. Madeleine Brand, who hosts the “Press Play” show, had some terrific questions. * Speaking of The People’s Republic of Chemicals, here’s the working dust-jacket description. It and our author bios will be updated soon. Maverick environmental writers William J. Kelly […]

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Tags: Al Gore · AQMD · atmospheric karma · Bill Clinton · California · Chip news · Clean Air Act · climate chaos · Dirty environmental deals · environmental catastrophe · EPA · Free trade implications · global warming · globalization · Los Angeles History · Overlook Press · ozone · Penguin Group USA · People's Republic of Chemicals · Shanghai Scientific and Technological Publishing House · Smoggy China · Smogtown · Societal Disenchantment · Transpacific Drift · Water contamination

In Advance of Our New Book, We Gotta Give the Credit to the Prophetic (Gary – that’s you!)

March 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

  The People’s Republic of Chemicals, our sequel to the critically acclaimed Smogtown, will be out this fall through Rare Bird Books. It’s a different type of Chinese environmental book, one that weaves in history, foreign occupations, “Cancer Villages,” bitter truths about Clinton-Gore globalization, toxic riots, stomach-churning health statistics and a whole lot of climate […]

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Tags: AQMD · environment · environmental policy · EPA · globalization · Pacific Ocean · People's Republic of Chemicals · Smoggy China · Smogtown book · Societal Disenchantment · Transpacific Drift

People’s Republic of Chemicals – Preparing for liftoff

February 18th, 2014 · No Comments

- Bill Kelly and I are pleased to announce that the sequel to Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles, (Penguin Group USA/The Overlook Press – 2008) will be out this fall by Rare Bird Books. The title is set. It’s The People’s Republic of Chemicals. We’re beyond excited. Also this year, Shanghai […]

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Tags: AQMD · Clean Air Act · Dirty environmental deals · EPA · global warming · groundwater pollution · Overlook Press · ozone · People's Republic of Chemicals · Shanghai Scientific and Technological Publishing House · Smoggy China · Smogtown · Societal Disenchantment

Summer catchup: Vicodin and a tease, L.A. smog (in China) and a little Jerry for your August

August 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

* My latest book, The Vicodin Thieves: Biopysing L.A.’s Grifters, Gloryhounds and Goliaths, was a Vroman’s bestseller. Amazon link. Reviews coming. Here’s a little tease from one of the original articles in the collection about my older brother’s brush with Robert F. Kennedy probably a few hours before his assassination changed the trajectory of American […]

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Tags: 1968 election · AQMD · Chip Jacobs · Chip's journalism · environmental policy · EPA · execution · KPCC · Los Angeles History · Los Angeles politics · Paul Jacobs · Paul Schrade · Political assassinations · The Vicodin Thieves

My latest with the L.A. Times – “Chromium 6 Suspected at Disney”

September 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

Air conditioning system in Burbank may be a source of water contamination. August 22, 2012 By RICHARD VERRIER AND CHIP JACOBS Federal and state regulators are investigating whether a vintage air conditioning system at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank played a role in contaminating groundwater with chromium 6, a cancer-causing heavy metal widely used in […]

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Tags: AQMD · Chip Jacobs · chromium-six · Clean Air Act · environmental policy · EPA · groundwater pollution · Hollywood · Uncategorized

Holiday Season first annual point – counterpoint babble

December 20th, 2011 · No Comments

* POINT: The Ontario International Airport is worse than Los Angeles City Hall’s red-haired stepchild. It’s more akin to the deserted, forlorn cousin promised housing in a garden shed. Glad folks are just learning this. – From the L.A. Times: “After three decades of steady growth and earning a Forbes magazine nod as one of […]

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Tags: Aiport battles · AQMD · chromium-six · Clean Air Act · Dirty environmental deals · EPA · General asssignment issues · groundwater pollution · L.A. City Council · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Smogtown · Smogtown book · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler

The Dirt on Bill Burke, the Man Who’d Buy the Dodgers on Behalf of China: a Smogtown editorial

September 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Where’s Walter O’Malley when you need him? The revered owner of the Dodgers—who moved the team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and privately financed and built Dodger Stadium in the early-1960s —was a man of stature unknown today in Chavez Ravine. Former L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley once called the patrician O’Malley “the epitome of class.” […]

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Tags: American history · AQMD · Chip Jacobs · Clean Air Act · Dirty environmental deals · environment · environmental policy · L.A. City Council · L.A. Marathon · Los Angeles History · ozone · Political cronyism · Smoggy China · Smogtown · Smogtown book · William Burke · William J. Kelly