Derrick Z. Jackson


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Derrick Z. Jackson is a UCS Fellow in climate and energy and the Center for Science and Democracy. He is an award-winning journalist and co-author and photographer of Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock, published by Yale University Press (2015). See Derrick's full bio.

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All-in for Offshore Wind in Massachusetts

Two words should guide Massachusetts lawmakers on offshore wind: Go big. Read more >

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Powering Up Solar Energy for All

The burgeoning potential of solar goes far beyond the stereotyped (but wrong) image of wealthier white suburban homeowners, big-box stores, and massive town fields. Read more >

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At Flint Hearings, “A Breathtaking Lack of Remorse”

In a rare bipartisan torrent of outrage, the former mayor of Flint, Michigan, the former special state-appointed emergency manager for the city, and the former regional head of the Environmental Protection Agency were eviscerated Tuesday at a House hearing for their alleged lack of action to protect children and residents in the infamous lead-water crisis. How did the task of providing clean water go so wrong? Read more >

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From DC to Flint: Betraying the Public by Sidelining Science

An interview with Marc Edwards leaves you both with admiration for his dogged pursuit of science for the people and despair for how science is so easily ignored, manipulated and ridiculed, even when it involves irreversible brain damage to children. Edwards warned that if the nation does not restore science to its proper place in society and politics, the field’s reputation will be as tainted as the very lead water Edwards and his team at Virginia Tech exposed in Flint, Michigan. Read more >

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Flint Evokes the Public Health Racism of Years Past

Flint, Michigan, is the modern equivalent of the Tuskegee Experiment, the federal study of syphilis in hundreds of Alabama black men between 1932 and 1972. The subjects were not told they had the disease, and they were not treated for it, even after penicillin became available. Just as Tuskegee is America’s most horrific case of medical racism, Flint and its tainted water now epitomize the worst kind of environmental racism at the hands of government agencies. Read more >

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