The actions coinciding with the big climate talks in Paris are informally being referred to as the Paris sandwich. The first part of the sandwich was our mass mobilization on November 21st. The 2nd part is direct action at the end of the talks. We can take action locally to fight for healthier communities and lower GHGs. Please join us en masse at the meeting of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to speak during public comment to urge the board to pass refinery rules with numeric caps on GHGs.
We need Directors who sit on the Board to direct Staff to come back with a reasonable and adoptable proposal to cap refinery emissions in the next 3 months. We cannot allow staff to continue rubber-stamping permits for changing crude slates before getting rules in place that will protect the public from rising emissions from dirtier tar sands and other extreme oil. Delay and more delay serves the industry. For our security we want our board to vote to cap emissions by March 2016 at the latest.
Unless we have a cap on emissions, the refineries will bring in more and dirtier oil, like Tar Sands, & ramp up production with no way to limit overall refinery emissions.
If the Senate ends the U.S. ban on exporting domestic oil, we could see a lot more crude-by-rail bomb trains coming to the Bay Area. If one of those blows up, as the one in Canada at Lac-Megantic did, we don't want that on our conscience. We want to know that we did everything possible to prevent that from happening.
There is no way we should be facilitating the extraction, transport and refining of Tar Sands oil. We now know that 80% of proven reserves must stay in the ground. Perhaps more, now that the US is agreeing to the goal of no more than a rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The refineries are currently making huge profits on the cheap crude they are refining. The bosses are telling their refinery workers to testify that they will lose their jobs, but that is untrue. There will be no shutdowns and no loss of jobs if these rules are put in place. The refineries are not going anywhere. Statistics show that there are many more jobs being created in clean energy than in fossil fuel sector anyway, and they are more local jobs.
Capping emissions does not mean refineries will have to shut down. It just means they will have to pay the price to keep our public health and the health of the planet uppermost in their minds and the way they do business.
It is the board's responsibility is to protect the public from rising levels of toxic pollutants. The board must demand that refinery wide emissions not rise above current levels. That seems like a no-brainer!
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