Before Los Angeles had Hollywood, it had oil – a lot of it. And the toxic legacy of that oil boom still lingers below the city streets. Hundreds of deserted, unplugged oil wells are scattered underneath neighborhoods like Echo Park, potentially leaking toxic gases. Dena Takruri goes to L.A. to investigate this hidden plight.
As California moves to phase out fossil fuels, its top oil-producing county is fighting to keep petroleum pumping. Dena Takruri heads to Kern County, where in one in seven workers has a job tied to oil. She attends a major oil festival called Oildorado to find out just how much the industry props up the community. Can this oil-reliant county ever break up with fossil fuels?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised action on climate change and to repair Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous population. But he’s vowed to build the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline with taxpayer money, despite widespread opposition from Indigenous groups and environmentalists. AJ+’s Dena Takruri heads to British Columbia to meet the communities who have taken dramatic steps to resist this pipeline, as well as a First Nation chief who hopes the pipeline will boost the local economy.