Michael Bloomberg to Spend $85 Million Fighting Petrochemical Plants

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is launching an $85 million campaign to prevent new petrochemical plants and to lower pollution from some that already exist.

Bloomberg’s Beyond Petrochemicals campaign, which was first announced on Wednesday, aims to “turbocharge” local attempts to prevent the building of new petrochemical and plastics manufacturing plants and to lower pollution from plants in Texas, Louisiana, and the Ohio Valley, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“Communities around the country are standing up to confront the petrochemical industry and defend their right to clean air and water,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “This campaign will help ensure more local victories, support laws that protect communities from harm and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are fueling the climate crisis.”

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