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Smogtown (and PRC) Stay Ever-Green in their Tales of Searing, Brown Climates

November 4th, 2015 · No Comments

And it’s both thrilling and depressing.  – From environmental writer/professor/activist Jon Christensen in LA Observed’s piece: “From ‘Smogtown’ to Model for the World?”  “It’s a tantalizing idea, isn’t it?” Jacobs responded when I asked him what he thinks of California as an example. It’s true, he said, that Chinese officials have been visiting California for […]

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Tags: atmospheric karma · Beijing · California · Chip news · climate chaos · environment · environmental catastrophe · environmental policy · global warming · Penguin Random House · People's Republic of Chemicals · Rare Bird Books · Smogtown · The Overlook Press

Los Angeles – Beijing – People Get Ready!

November 1st, 2014 · No Comments

* More terrific, early reviews for The People’s Republic of Chemicals, which goes on general sale in two weeks. – Booklist magazine awards our sequel to Smogtown a starred review in a humdinger of a critique that we have to embargo for now. Check back soon to read what they say, because it’s incisive. – Kirkus […]

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Tags: Al Gore · atmospheric karma · Cancer · Chip Jacobs · Chip news · Clean Air Act · climate chaos · Dirty environmental deals · environmental catastrophe · environmental policy · EPA · global warming · globalization · greenhouse gases · People's Republic of Chemicals · Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers · smog gumshoes · Smoggy China · Smogtown book

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

The People’s Republic of Chemicals … the antecedents

March 13th, 2014 · No Comments

* From Bill’s second of three articles in advance of the book for Inside Climate News. China’s plans to build remote industrial coal complexes to power its economy are putting the country on a   trajectory to wipe out global gains in tackling climate change, scientists fear. But other nations share responsibility for China’s fossil fuel binge and the toxic air […]

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Tags: Al Gore · American multinationals · atmospheric karma · Bill Clinton · Cancer · Chip news · climate chaos · Dirty environmental deals · environment · environmental catastrophe · EPA · Free trade implications · global warming · globalization · greenhouse gases · People's Republic of Chemicals · Pollution exporting · Silent Spring · smog gumshoes · Smoggy China · Smogtown book · Soil contamination · Toxic riots · Transpacific Drift · Water contamination · William J. Kelly

White-haired magicians in their second act, an old murder gets first billing and the heart that pumps metal gazelles

July 16th, 2012 · No Comments

 News about Ascension of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman * Book signing and talk on Wed., July 18 with Jerry’s ex-colleague, Paul Fegen (a.k.a. the magician “The Fantastic Fig” at the  Santa Monica Public Library. Here’s the Fig’s website. Here’s how it spins his legend: “the walk-around psychic magician ‘“Fantastic […]

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Tags: 1979 Los Angeles · Chip Jacobs · Chip news · Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman · Jerry Schneiderman · Los Angeles History · Los Angeles real estate · Oddballs in L.A. · paralysis · Paul Fegen · The Ascension of Jerry: Murder · Uncategorized · Wheelchairs general · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler

“The Ascension of Jerry” featured on KCET, the sizzling, NPR-parodying web radio show called “This American Wife” and a few minor miracles for those unaccustomed to them

June 14th, 2012 · No Comments

* “Why is civic activism and journalism legal and who was Jerry Schneiderman” – KCET, June 11, 2012 “America,” Chip Jacobs says, “is still that enviable place on the hill.” Jacobs — journalist and gonzo author extraordinaire of titles such as “Smogtown” and “Wheeling the Deal” — is claiming American exceptionalism here with particular regard to free […]

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Tags: Ambassador Hotel · Chip news · Ed Wood Jr. · General asssignment issues · L.A. Marathon · Los Angeles politics · murder for hire · Paul Jacobs · Paul Schrade · Societal Disenchantment · stampede · Wheelchairs general · William J. Kelly

The fangs of the late-1970s — my personal prologue for my latest book, The Ascension of Jerry

April 30th, 2012 · No Comments

  The stranger I’d incensed in the rusty, white Volkswagen bus pumped his fist out the window, cussing. “Motherfucker,” he yelled. “I’m gonna get YOU!” His promise came with little javelins of spit that pelted out of his mouth, liquid vulgarity over which he had little control. That look — his detesting eyes, the scarlet […]

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Tags: assassination · Chip Jacobs · Chip news · Jerry Schneiderman · Late-1970s America · Not Going to take it anymore · Societal Disenchantment · The Ascension of Jerry: Murder · Uncategorized

Finally, I’m proud to announce the release of THE ASCENSION OF JERRY: Murder, Hitmen and The Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman (Vireo/Rare Bird Books)

March 25th, 2012 · No Comments

    Bumbling hitmen. Burning corpses. A threatened son. Life in hiding. Jerry Schneiderman’s orderly world evaporated when his business partner was executed by an assassin in 1979 Los Angeles, and the buzzard-eyed ringleader came for him. Though the killers behind the murder-for-hire corporation were nabbed, the trauma annihilated Jerry’s family and strip-mined his trust. […]

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Tags: 1979 Los Angeles · angry times · assassins · Chip Jacobs · Chip news · hitmen · Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman · killers · La Brea Tar Pits · legal Catch-22s · Miracle Mile · Murder triangle · space planning · The Ascension of Jerry · Westside Memorial Park

Save the EPA from Republican bomb-throwers with a Smogtown Op-Ed in the NY Times, and other green news

August 25th, 2011 · No Comments

* A snippet from my editorial in today’s New York Times “Room for Debate” online roudtable about whether Republican presidential candidates calling for the EPA’s dissolution have a point or are just giving red-meat to a fatigued, job-hungry people: ” … In national politics, California may be seen as Exhibit A for over-regulating the environment. […]

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Tags: California · Chip news · chromium-six · environment · environmental policy · global warming · groundwater pollution · Nixon · Smogtown · Smogtown book · Uncategorized

Smogtown set for e-book for Kindle and other mobile devices August 23. It’s a helluva, brown story for a warming age.

August 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Click here at and let the journey begin Some reasons to download it: * Named one of 2008′s best environmental books by Booklist magazine * Awarded silver medals at The Green Book Festival and Independent Book Publishers (IPPY) Awards. Winner of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature from Santa Monica. * Reviews “[A] remarkably […]

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