In what may signal a significant shift in the regional political power struggle to put absolute emission caps on Bay Area oil refinery emissions including greenhouse gases, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced it supports a proposal by local environmental groups, including 350Marin and 350 Bay Area, to do just that. This is the proposal that our groups and allies have been pressing to be adopted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) for many years now, but which has only recently started to gain traction with the BAAQMD Board.
Undoubtedly, actually putting such regulations in place, making sure they're enforced, and keeping them from being undone, will require continuous citizen involvement and pressure on our representatives to counter oil company lobbying and legal threats. However, just as the job remaining shouldn't be underestimated, neither should the potential victory if the Bay Area becomes the first region in California, within the United States, and possibly worldwide, to fdecisively limit the ability of oil refineries to continuously increase their pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Read more details on the policy shift by CARB HERE.
Last month, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors rejected an appeal of a rail project at a Phillips 66 petroleum refinery there that could have brought 80-car trains loaded with crude oil through East Bay and South Bay cities. This action by San Luis Obispo continues the powerful alliance and solidarity of environmental groups, citizens and cities up and down the entire west cost of the US that have been consistently rejecting coal shipping from ports and fossil-fuel rail infrastructure expansions. Read more details HERE.
On Tuesday, Jan. 24th, President Trump signed an executive order mandating completion of the Dakota Access and Keystone Pipelines. While it wasn't clear initially whether his order would halt the previously announced environmental review of alternative routes by the Army Corps of Engineers, the agency soon clarified that it would immediately grant a final permit to Energy Transfer Partners to finish the pipeline on the original, protested route. You can read more details HERE.
On Sunday, December 2, 2016, the Obama administration delivered on a promise President Obama had made to the Standing Rock Sioux and other assembled tribes years ago to respect their rights and be on their side when it really matters. It came in the form of a statement by the US Army Corps of Engineers that they would not approve the final permit needed for the Dakota Access Pipeline to be built underneath Lake Oahe, thereby blocking the route near the Standing Rock Reservation.Read more
Officials in Oakland, California, effectively ended proposals to open a new coal export terminal by voting to ban the transport and storage of the fossil fuel within city limits.
Oil corporations have intensified their push to make the San Francisco Bay Area and other areas of the West Coast into international hubs for refining and shipping of one of the world’s most carbon-intensive and polluting fuel sources: The Canadian tar sands.Read more
In a major victory for solar power companies and their customers, California regulators voted to preserve an incentive program that has fueled the dramatic growth of rooftop solar in the state.
Mark Hertsgaard writes: Climate change has always been about money, but the Paris agreement has a chance to change where money will flow, how quickly, and in what quantities.
It was widely reported last week that the public relations and lobbying blitz funded by the major oil companies succeeded in toppling one of Jerry Brown’s three key climate goals of his second term—a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use in cars and trucks in the state. That target was contained in SB 350 authored by pro tem Kevin De León, arguably the most significant bill of the 2015 legislative session.
Desmond Tutu, Vivienne Westwood, Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky are among a group of high-profile figures who will issue a mass call to action on Thursday ahead of the UN’s crunch climate change conference in Paris in December.
They call for mass mobilisation on the scale of the slavery abolition and anti-apartheid movements to trigger “a great historical shift”.
Their statement, published in the book Stop Climate Crimes, reads: “We are at a crossroads. We do not want to be compelled to survive in a world that has been made barely liveable for us ... slavery and apartheid did not end because states decided to abolish them. Mass mobilisations left political leaders no other