My interest was piqued during Wednesday's discussion of Nancy Tuana's piece "Viscous Porosity: Witness Katrina" when somebody mentioned Erin Brockovich; other than the fact she was portrayed by Julia Roberts in a 2000 film of the same name, I knew little about her, so I decided to dive a little deeper. The case in which Brockovich is known for involves Pacific Gas and Electric Company hiding the knowledge that it was supplying drinking water contaminated with hexavalent chromium [aka chromium (IV)] to residents of southern California town of Hinkley. In the end, Brockovich played a critical role in helping those affected by water contamination received hundred of millions of dollars in settlement money.
Now, having been given a rough background of Brockovich, and assuming you have read Tuana's piece, I have two questions I would like to pose:
1. Who would be a better public role model for environmental justice, Nancy Tuana or Erin Brockovich? Keep in mind an overwhelming majority of Americans have little to known knowledge of environmental justice, let alone what it is.
2. If Brockovich had any commentary to give on "Viscous Porosity: Witnessing Katrina," what do you think she would say? Overall, would she tend to agree with Tuana's views or dispute them?
^The *real* Brokovich; she doesn't pull any punches.