Environmental Health in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Dr. Oz flip-flopped on the fracking issue in Pennsylvania. Is he now ignoring his health education and medical knowledge, just to garner votes?

Kristina Marusic of Environmental Health News posted an excellent guide October 24, 2022 on the unique environmental health challenges facing Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania. Heart disease is just one of many:

    • Air pollution is a key risk factor for cardiovascular health
    • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Allegheny County, and the county’s rate of death from heart disease is higher than the state average.

Our zip codes are more important than our genetic codes in predicting our overall health and lifespans. Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania face unique environmental health challenges. This guide explores those challenges and how you can help address them.

Kristina Marusic for EHN
“First it will be cattle, then it will be us,” Terry said.
He died a few years later from a fast moving glioblastoma.
John Fetterman responded to questions from the League of Women Voters:

Q: What measures, regulations, or acts, if any, would you support to mitigate climate change?
A: Climate change is an existential threat, and we need to transition to clean energy as quickly as possible. I have never taken a dime from the fossil fuel industry, and I never will. It’s a totally false choice that we have to choose between jobs and a clean environment. We can have both, that’s why I am always going to fight for creating thousands upon thousands of good-paying green union jobs as we transition, all while increasing our energy independence. My plan for the transition to clean energy starts with immediate investments into research and development and innovation; expanding renewable energy sources; and ensuring clean transportation infrastructure; and investing in environmental justice measures.

League of women voters non-partisan voters guide | Oct 12-18, 2022
Dr. Oz DIDN’T respond to questions from the League of Women Voters:
Dr. Oz’s First-Class Flip-Flop On Fracking

Mehmet Oz, the celebrity TV surgeon better known as Dr. Oz, used to write and tweet about the health benefits of coconut oil, lavender oil, CBD oil, MCT oil, avocado and olive oil. He also appeared to be a strong opponent of fracking, warning his readers in multiple articles about the potential health risks associated with one of the more controversial fossil fuel extracting technologies.
“We wonder how eager the leaders of the natural gas industry would be to drink well water from a farm next to one of their drilling sites,” Oz and Roizen wrote in a health and wellness Q&A, adding that in Pennsylvania, “there are multiple reports of air and water contamination, possibly from hydraulic fracturing sites, causing folks breathing problems, rashes, headaches, nosebleeds, numbness, nausea and vomiting.”
But now that Oz is a GOP Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, he is apparently less concerned about fracking’s possible health effects on his potential constituents and more interested in preserving an industry active in the state. Source

Senate candidate Oz talks fracking support and election fraud at Canonsburg campaign event

Panel speakers, including oil and gas billionaire Harold Hamm and former Energy Secretary Rick Perry, took questions from Oz in a set up similar to his old TV show, with Oz telling anecdotes, but also allowing the speakers to discuss their desire to see increased natural gas production and liquefied natural gas exports. The Oz campaign provided posters to attendees that read “Free us to frack,” in reference to certain natural gas drilling, which is also called fracking. Source

Greene County, Pa. farmer lost cattle near fracking wastewater dumping.

Organizations advocating for cleaner air and environmental justice in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania:

Organizations advocating for safer drinking water and environmental justice in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania:

Organizations advocating for climate solutions in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania:

A guide to environmental health in southwestern Pennsylvania | October 24, 2022

Air pollution warnings continue through Tuesday morning
The Allegheny County Health Department announced Monday that the Mon Valley air pollution warning issued Saturday will continue at least through Tuesday morning because of concentrations of particulates. On Monday morning, the Mon Valley experienced one of the strongest weather inversions in some time, according to a news release. An inversion occurs when a layer of warm air traps pollution close to the ground. The inversion has broken but air dispersion will remain poor throughout the day.
Purple Air
Real Time AQI
Plume Pittsburgh (video)

Mon Valley air quality prompts another pollution warning
“Residents in SWPA shouldn’t have to endure having the worst air quality in the country for half the month of October,” said Matt Mehalik, executive director of the Breathe Project. “Why isn’t more being done to enforce rules on the books to prohibit serial polluters from spreading their stinky and health-damaging air across the fence line of their plants into our communities in the Mon Valley and into the City of Pittsburgh?” The nonprofit Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) also chimed in, asking the health department to be vigilant in evaluating how major players did business during the inversion conditions.

Most in US want more action on climate change: AP-NORC poll

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