20 Jun '16, 6pm

L.A. heatwave could mean more pollution for communities of color

The Southwest is sweating through record-breaking temperatures, so demand for electricity to keep air conditioners running is exceptionally high. In preparation, Los Angeles’s local air quality watchdog made the unusual decision to allow certain power plants to burn dirty diesel if necessary, in order to avoid blackouts. And guess what? All three authorized plants happen to be located in communities of color. Blackouts happen when people try to take more power from the grid than what’s available. If demand is too high, the entire grid can collapse. While it’s annoying not to be able to run your air conditioner or charge your phone, blackouts can cause much more serious trouble. A hospital without power is in real danger. If stoplights go out, major accidents can bring traffic to a stop. All that refrigerated food — not just in your fridge, but also in the grocer’s fridge a...

Full article: http://grist.org/justice/l-a-heatwave-could-mean-more-pol...

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