Pollution Makes the Personal Political

Pollution Makes the Personal Political
August 2018
Author(s)
Ada Statler
Publisher
Sierra

Seven of the top 10 taxpayers in Kern County are oil and gas companies. The industry supports thousands of jobs—the majority of them concentrated in the larger, wealthier, and more conservative Bakersfield. But with an asthma epidemic taking shape in nearby Arvin, city leaders chose to pass a new ordinance placing limits on oil and gas production.