Health and Wellness : Oil and gas group says African American ‘genetics’ are to blame for health problems, not pollution

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Oil and gas group says African American ‘genetics’ are to blame for health problems, not pollution
API dismisses new pollution study with discredited racist notion

SAM FULWOOD III

The American Petroleum Institute cast shady aspersions on a recent study that warned of increased risks to African Americans who live near oil and gas refineries, citing the discredited and racist argument that “genetics” could be to blame for the health disparities.

“Fumes Across the Fence-Line: The Health Impacts of Air Pollution from Oil & Gas Facilities on African American Communities,” a shared study recently produced by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Clean Air Task Force, found that more than 1 million African Americans live within a half-mile of oil and gas wells and operations, and that another 6.7 million live in counties with refineries ...


https://thinkprogress.org/oil-lobby-dismisses-african-american-health-impacts-d6345c015aeb/
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SAMUEL MCGLORY JR. THROWS OUT DEBRIS IN FRONT OF HIS HOME AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY AS AN OIL REFINERY STANDS IN THE BACKGROUND. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/DAVID GOLDMAN

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