“Yeah, you wouldn’t want to live there.” Joe Rogan’s Name-Removed Evansville in a recent podcast


The city of Evansville was mentioned in a recent episode of “Joe Rogan Experience”, but for no good reason.

Logan, the February 16th edition of his podcast, has been the subject of some recent controversy about him. Stance for COVID-19 vaccine And his Using N Words in Past Podcast EpisodesWe talked with Andrew Dessler, a climate scientist and professor of atmospheric science at the University of Texas A & M, on various topics on climate change. Evansville came up with the idea when the conversation went on to discuss the air pollution caused by coal-fired power plants.

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Joe Rogan talks about air pollution in Evansville in a February 16 podcast

Joe Rogan talks about air pollution in Evansville in a February 16 podcast

Just over an hour after the podcast started, Logan asked his assistant, Jamie Vernon, to search the Internet for the most polluted cities in North America with coal. The search has returned Evansville to the top of the list.

“Evansville?” Logan asked. “I know someone in Evansville.”

Vernon said there were seven coal-fired power plants “within 30 miles” in the city, prompting shocked responses from both Logan and Desler.

“Yes, you don’t want to live there,” Desler said.

“What a mess, we need to see what that (Evansville) sky looks like,” Logan replied.

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The group saw an excerpt from Center for Public Integrity “s A 12-minute video on coal pollution, “American super pollutant“This begins with this statement on the air quality of Evansville.

“Southwestern Indiana is some of the poorest air in the country,” says the man at the beginning of the clip. “People are suffering there.”

Dessler appeared on the podcast when Logan invited physicist and former Under Secretary of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy Stephen Kunin to discuss his views on climate change and why he disbelieves during President Obama’s administration. It was a week after that.Science has settled“Regarding the fact that there is a climate emergency.

Where Evansville stands in coal pollution

Environmental activists have long described southwestern Indiana as a “sacrifice zone” where health lags behind the coal industry. Improvements in air quality have been seen in recent decades as utilities have added pollution control to comply with changing federal air quality regulations.

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The region is not as struggling to meet air quality standards as it once was, but there are occasional air quality warnings about ozone and particulate pollution.

The chimneys of CenterPoint Energy's AB Brown power plant can be seen in the distance behind a coal ash pond in Posey County near Evansville.

The chimneys of Centerpoint Energy’s AB Brown power plant can be seen in the distance behind a coal ash pond in Posey County near Evansville.

In 2020, coal fueled 53% of Indiana’s electricity production, compared to 19% nationwide, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Indiana ranks third in the country in terms of total coal consumption and coal consumption for power generation, after Texas and Missouri.

However, there are some good news for residents of southwestern Indiana. Indiana Michigan Power is working to shut down both of its large coal-fired power plants in Rockport, Indiana in 2028. Although it is still a fossil fuel that produces carbon emissions.

C & P Environmental Reporter Marc Wilson contributed to this story.

Contact Ray Couture ([email protected] or Twitter @ raybc94).

This article was originally published in Evansville Courier & Press. Joe Rogan’s Name-Removed Evansville in Recent Podcasts

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