Sharon Lerner, The Intercept

Sharon Lerner

The Intercept

New York, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Sharon:

Georgia Senator Dismisses Climate Change While Enjoying Protected Beachfront Mansion

Facing runoff, Sen. David Perdue says climate change is a hoax, but his beach community is sure worried about rising sea levels. → Read More

Biden EPA Transition Team Member Helped DuPont Dodge Responsibility for PFOA

Michael McCabe, a former EPA official and aide to Joe Biden, led DuPont’s defense of the toxic PFAS chemical PFOA. → Read More

Overturning the Affordable Care Act Could Result in 68,000 Deaths

A new study shows that millions of American have already lost their health care under Trump. → Read More

The Trump Administration Is Waiving the Public’s Right to Affordable Coronavirus Treatments

Amid record unemployment, HHS is doling out more than $1 billion in coronavirus contracts that omit price-gouging safeguards. → Read More

Despite the Hype, Gilead’s Remdesivir Will Do Nothing to End the Coronavirus Pandemic

A combination of generic drugs appears to be more effective in fighting the coronavirus than Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir. → Read More

Overwhelmed Morgue Workers Struggle to Give Coronavirus Victims Death With Dignity

Volunteers in New York City’s “mobile morgues” are handling an onslaught of bodies with scarce supplies. → Read More

3M Faces Pressure to Prevent Price Gouging Among Distributors of Its N95 Masks

Manufacturers can blacklist distributors that charge high prices for N95 masks and other protective gear. → Read More

Ozone Layer Recovery Is Being Undermined by Pollution From U.S. Companies

The EPA has declined to consider the ozone-depleting potential of chemicals released by U.S. companies. → Read More

European Countries Announce Plan to Phase Out Toxic PFAS Chemicals by 2030

A strategy report submitted to the European Commission maps out a comprehensive attack on PFAS chemicals, which have contaminated water around the world. → Read More

How the Plastics Industry Is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World

Pushes to “recycle” plastics are one element of a massive industry-led effort to suppress meaningful efforts to reduce plastic waste. → Read More

EPA Move to Phase Out Animal Experiments Could Mean the End of Toxics Regulations

The chemical industry’s and the Trump EPA’s eagerness to phase out experimental testing on lab animals appears to be a sneak attack on chemical regulation. → Read More

When Pollution Is a Matter of Life and Death

The E.P.A. found that a small town in Louisiana was overloaded with carcinogens. Why didn’t that mean the government had to act? → Read More

3M Knew About PFAS Food Contamination in 2001

According to a 2001 study sponsored by 3M, 12 samples of food from around the country tested positive for PFAS chemicals. → Read More

Starbucks Promised a Recyclable Drink Lid. Don’t Believe the Hype.

The new Starbucks lid was supposed be a great green environmental milestone. But it’s very unlikely to be recycled. → Read More

Young People Feel Betrayed by Adults Over the Climate Crisis. Today, They’re Going on Strike.

For many young activists, the climate strike is a sanity-saving expression of the grief and anxiety they shoulder about a quickly worsening crisis. → Read More

The EPA’s Bungled Response to an Air Pollution Crisis Exposes a Toxic Racial Divide

How government responds to cancer-causing air pollution depends a lot on where you live and the color of your skin. → Read More

Chemours Is Using the U.S. as an Unregulated Dump for Europe’s Toxic GenX Waste

GenX was introduced in 2009 by DuPont to replace PFOA, but it presents many of the same health and environmental problems and causes cancer in lab animals. → Read More

The U.S. Military Plans to Keep Incinerating Toxic Firefighting Foam, Despite Health Risks

The U.S. military plans to incinerate unused firefighting foam containing hazardous chemicals, even with the health and environmental risks this poses. → Read More

EPA’s Own Data Refutes Justification for Clean Water Act Rollback

The EPA’s statements about the meaning of its rollback of the Clean Water Act don’t withstand scrutiny. → Read More

The Extinction Rebellion’s Direct-Action Climate Activism Comes to New York

Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion met in Manhattan to discuss how they might replicate their success in the U.K. → Read More