Toxic Tales

Also: so many cool climate jobs


Corporate greed doesn’t overwhelm ethics and scientific integrity every time. But when it does, the results are ugly. As North America burns under a deadly fossil-fueled heat wave, here are three powerful investigations by journalists of toxic failures by our public servants:

TOXIC DEMOCRATS: Hannah ‘Inside’ Story Brown injects high-pressure reporting into the substrata of hydrocarbon-enriched Congressional Democrats pushing a “certified gas” scam to end President Joe Biden’s moratorium on liquefied natural gas export facility approvals.1

TOXIC HAIR-PRODUCTS: Linda Villarosa’s deeply reported investigation of hair relaxers will make you very tense. The Food and Drug Administration continues to pretend that the endocrine-disrupting formaldehyde in relaxers, marketed to and used almost exclusively by Black women, isn’t a known health threat, even as millions have suffered from reproductive issues “from uterine fibroids, preterm birth and infertility to breast, ovarian and uterine cancer.”

TOXIC DISINFORMATION: Chris Bing and Joel Schectman have unleashed an exposé of the Pentagon’s anti-vax psyops campaign against China. During the Trump presidency, China made its covid vaccine freely available to U.S. allies like the Phillippines, while the U.S. protected the profit-making of Moderna and Pfizer; since helping its allies was off the table, the Pentagon instead sowed distrust of the Chinese vaccine through social-media manipulation.

To these reporters and their colleagues: Tromaville salutes you!

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Curve-billed thrasher. Credit: Ben Keough

EHRMAGERD, JERBS! Enough about that. This fine curve-billed thrasher wants you know about good job news in the climate world!

The super climate journalist Rebecca Leber is now a senior investigative researcher at the Center for Climate Integrity. Congratulations!

The powerful climate consultancy Pleiades Strategy is hiring a chief of staff ($90K-$105K, remote but S.F. preferred).

Our friends at Climate Cabinet are hiring a communications director ($100K, remote) to help elect downballot climate hawks.

The uncompromising Breach Collective is hiring an Oregon statewide energy transition organizer ($66K-$74K, Oregon).

The industrial-decarbonization think tank Industrious Labs is on a hiring spree for their Clean Heat initiative to decarbonize industrial heaters and boilers in California and beyond. For the initiative, the Labs is hiring a senior campaign strategist, senior campaign analyst, and senior field strategist (all $113K, remote but Calif. preferred). They are also hiring a steel analyst ($83K, remote).

Speaking of industrial decarbonization, Hal Harvey’s Climate Imperative Foundation is hiring a program officer for U.S. industry ($160K-$180K, D.C. or S.F. preferred).

The industry-and-environmentalist-backed Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute is hunting for an executive director ($230K-$310K, remote).

The large-scale solar and battery-storage development company Hexagon Energy has multiple job openings at different levels.

The conservationist foundation Resources Legacy Fund is searching for a climate director ($200K-$225K, remote but Calif. preferred).

The green-power consultancy Good Energy is hiring a client manager ($70K-$75K, Boston).

Black Owners of Solar Services (B.O.S.S.) is seeking an executive director ($140K-$165K, D.C.).

On July 8th, applications to become a data science supervisor in the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area open (GS-13, $88K-$158K depending on region and experience, multiple locations). The opening will close once there are 80 qualified applicants to join this wonderful team.

I made this Pride flag using only NASA images and our team thought it would be cool to share on social

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1  The eight fracking Dems are Reps. Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Lou Correa (D-Calif.), Mary Peltola (D-Alaska), Marc Veasey (D-Texas), Don Davis (D-N.C.), Jared Golden (D-Maine), Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-Wash.), and Susan Wild (D-Penn.). Costa co-chairs the Natural Gas Caucus, and Correa the Energy Export Caucus. Wildly, Wild and Peltola are also members of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, whose co-chairs fulsomely praised Biden’s moratorium.


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