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Air District Refinery Rules Workshop Hayward 3/29

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 04:30 PM · 2 rsvps
Weekes Community Center in Hayward, CA

Refineries are the Bay Area's largest industrial sources of climate destroying and air pollution emissions. The Air District is hosting workshops on three refinery rules in late March. Rule 11-18 proposes how the region will comply with new State requirements for Air Toxics. Rules 12-16 and 13-1 are proposed in direct response to four years of public pressure to rein in refinery pollution and keep Tar Sands bitumen and other extreme fuels out of the Bay Area. 350 Bay Area will soon have comments on these rules and will help with questions and talking points. Briefly here are the rules proposed:

  • Regulation 11, Rule 18 aims to reduce potential health risks from toxic air emissions at hundreds of existing Bay Area facilities.
  • Regulation 12, Rule 16 proposed by a coalition of advocacy organizations, would place a numeric cap on greenhouse gas and other emissions at refineries.
  • Regulation 13, Rule 1 is the first in a series of regional rules that address greenhouse gases and related pollutants. Rule 13-1 would cap the carbon intensity per barrel of crude oil refined at each Bay Area refinery.

ALERT!  As described in the Air District's Draft 2017 Clean Air Plan, Draft Rule 13-1 would allow refiners to increase their carbon intensity by purchasing allowances in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) pollution trading market. This accounting scheme does not ensure local reductions of PM, GHGs, and TACs, shirking the Air District’s core mission to protect public health and climate—and perpetuating the refining industry’s own shirking, the externalization of its costs as damages to public health and climate borne by all of us. The purpose of a carbon intensity rule should be to hold the line or decrease carbon intensity at refineries, not pretend to set a limit then provide a means to avoid the limit and allow more tar sands to be processed.

At the workshops, you can speak with Air District staff, hear a presentation about the proposed rules, ask questions, and offer comments. Please attend if you can.

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Air District Refinery Rules Workshop Richmond 3/30

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 8 rsvps

Refineries are the Bay Area's largest industrial sources of climate destroying and air pollution emissions. The Air District is hosting workshops on three refinery rules in late March. Rule 11-18 proposes how the region will comply with new State requirements for Air Toxics. Rules 12-16 and 13-1 are proposed in direct response to four years of public pressure to rein in refinery pollution and keep Tar Sands bitumen and other extreme fuels out of the Bay Area. 350 Bay Area will soon have comments on these rules and will help with questions and talking points. Briefly here are the rules proposed:

  • Regulation 11, Rule 18 aims to reduce potential health risks from toxic air emissions at hundreds of existing Bay Area facilities.
  • Regulation 12, Rule 16 proposed by a coalition of advocacy organizations, would place a numeric cap on greenhouse gas and other emissions at refineries.
  • Regulation 13, Rule 1 is the first in a series of regional rules that address greenhouse gases and related pollutants. Rule 13-1 would cap the carbon intensity per barrel of crude oil refined at each Bay Area refinery.

ALERT!  As described in the Air District's Draft 2017 Clean Air Plan, Draft Rule 13-1 would allow refiners to increase their carbon intensity by purchasing allowances in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) pollution trading market. This accounting scheme does not ensure local reductions of PM, GHGs, and TACs, shirking the Air District’s core mission to protect public health and climate—and perpetuating the refining industry’s own shirking, the externalization of its costs as damages to public health and climate borne by all of us. The purpose of a carbon intensity rule should be to hold the line or decrease carbon intensity at refineries, not pretend to set a limit then provide a means to avoid the limit and allow more tar sands to be processed.

At the workshops, you can speak with Air District staff, hear a presentation about the proposed rules, ask questions, and offer comments. Please attend if you can.

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Becoming Better Stewards of the Earth 4/1

Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 10:00 AM
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek, CA

Advocacy Training Workshop

sponsored by Contra Costa Interfaith Climate Action Network

Climate change is currently harming all of life on Earth. Join Contra Costa Interfaith Climate Action Network to learn how we may become better stewards of our part of the Earth in Contra Costa County. Pre-register for this free workshop here.

What can our faith community do:

  • to address health inequities in our county?
  • to reduce the toxins residents are exposed to?
  • to reduce transportation pollution?

Learn from advocacy experts how to be effective on critical issues we can address now.

  • Rev Will McGarvey, Executive Director, Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
  • Rev Will Scott, California Interfaith Power and Light,California Legislative actions for 2017
  • Andrés Soto, Communities for a Better Environment, BAAQMD, Cap on Refinery Emissions - Health Impacts
  • 350 Bay Area, Options to Reduce Emissions from Transportation
  • Cynthia Mahoney, MD, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Health Effects of Fossil Fuel Pollution

Network with members of other groups.

Find mentors to help improve advocacy skills.

Agenda

9:30 am Registration and Tabling

10:00 am Opening Invocation: Rev. Will McGarvey

10:05 am Overview: Rev. Will McGarvey

10:15 am California Legislative actions for 2017: Rev. Will Scott, California Interfaith Power and Light

10:35 am BAAQMD, Cap on Refinery Emissions - Health Impacts: Andrés Soto, Communities for a Better Environment

10:55 am Coffee, Meet and Mingle, Information from advocacy groups at tables

11:30 am Light Lunch, Continue to share experiences and ideas

12:00 pm Workshop 1: Options to Reduce Emissions from Transportation: 350 Bay Area 

12:30 pm Workshop 2: Health Effects of Fossil Fuel Pollution: Cynthea Mahoney, MD 

1:00 pm Advocacy Panel Discussion and Questions: Rev Will McGarvey, Rev Will Scott, Andrés Soto, Jack Lucero and Cynthia Mahoney, MD

1:50 pm Closing - Follow up and Mentoring

2:00 pm End

Please pre-register for this workshop by March 31st, so we know you're coming. The workshop is free. You can choose to pay $10 to pre-order a vegetarian lunch.

Free parking

Questions? Call Jan at 925-818-6530 or email at icancontracostacounty@gmail.com

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Transportation Campaign Meeting 4/1

Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 10:00 AM · 14 rsvps

Guest Speaker:

David Schonbrunn of Transdef (link below) will tell us about their efforts to push regional planning agencies such as MTC to achieve their GHG reduction goals.

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The State's goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% reduction by 2030, according to SB32 passed this year.  About a third of the emissions come from the transportation sector.   Our goal is to make the GHG reductions in transportation happen.

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Emissions standards and public transportation are under attack by the Trump administration.  The state of California must be prepared to defend them. 

At this meeting, we will discuss bills in the State Senate now that will keep us moving toward climate sanity, and how we can support them.   

 Agenda

  • 10:00 - 10:30--Set up chairs, meet and greet
  • 10:30 - 10:40--Welcome/Introductions
  • 10:40 - Noon--Information and Presentations

Social break

  • Noon - 12:30--Planning and brainstorming
  • 12:30 - 12:45 -- Next meeting plans & cleanup 

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Please let Jack know if you want to call in (510-436-7682).  We hope to have people call in with Google Hangouts.  We will back that up with a conference call number--712-451-0011, conference: 332329#

*For more on Transdef, see http://transdef.org/index.html

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

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Art Party

Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 03:00 PM · 29 rsvps
Mama Art Cafe in San Francisco, CA

Help make signs, banners, and other art for the marches and events in the April of Resistance.  

The art party will take place April 2 in San Francisco.  RSVP as space is limited.

Bring your creative fire! Donations of colorful markers and snacks are also welcome.

 

There's a full calendar for climate action in April. Here are the major events. We'll be sending out reminders for each.

Join us for one or all of them -- bring your friends and show up for the climate!

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Friday April 21, 12 PM

Earth Day Action for Environmental & Climate Justice

US EPA Region IX Office
75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco
(near Montgomery BART/MUNI)
Initiated by the California Environmental Justice Coalition
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Saturday April 22, 12 - 4 PM

March for Science San Francisco

Rally: Justin Herman Plaza, 11:00AM
March: From Justin Herman Plaza down Market Street 12:30PM
End: Fair to Celebrate Science at Civic Center Plaza

Public policy must be guided by evidence-based scientific research, local scientific knowledge, and mainstream scientific consensus, not by which oil baron gave the most to whose campaign.

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Saturday April 29, 12 - 5 PM

Peoples Climate Movement Day

Fair and rally at Lake Merritt with a procession around the lake

Lake Merritt Amphitheatre
Oakland

(near 12th Street BART)

 

 

 

 

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No Coal in Oakland Meeting 4/3

Monday, April 03, 2017 at 05:30 PM · 9 rsvps

MsMargaretGordon_GlobalWarmingFears-AlJazeeraEnglish_2017-02-03.jpgOn December 7, Phil Tagami filed suit against the City of Oakland seeking to overturn the City of Oakland’s ban on storage and handling of coal at the new shipping terminal to be built on public land near the foot of the Bay Bridge.

No Coal in Oakland and our allies have vowed to support the City in its fight to keep coal out of Oakland.

We meet regularly to plan actions that will strengthen Oakland’s resistance to coal.  Only through continued mobilization and a strong alliance with our neighbors in the labor, faith, environmental, social justice, climate justice, racial justice, public health, and business communities can we ensure defeat of the plan to build the coal terminal.

There will be a general meeting of No Coal in Oakland on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (WOEIP).

WOEIP is at 349 Mandela Parkway, around the corner from the West Oakland BART station, 1/2 block south of Fifth St, behind the chain link fence and through the parking lot, on the west side of the street.

Come learn about the lawsuit and share ideas on the role community activists can play in defeating Phil Tagami in this new phase of the struggle.

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100% Clean Renewable Energy Campaign Mtg 4/5

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 2 rsvps
Conference call

With the grave situation on the federal level, our work to lead on clean energy in California is all the more important. Join us for the next meeting of our 100% Clean, Renewable Energy campaign. We'll be discussing our ongoing activities at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), how we can engage in the fight against a proposed new power plant in Oxnard (the Puente Power Project), and preserve funding for crucial clean energy programs. All are welcome. 

Call info: (641) 715-3580, Access Code:  487-727

If you're new to the campaign, feel free to join for an introductory conference call beforehand(on the same line) at 6:30pm. If you're not available then, not to worry--let me (Amy) know, and we can set up another time to talk.

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Refinery Corridor Healing Walk #1 4/8

Saturday, April 08, 2017 at 08:00 AM · 7 rsvps
Pittsburg Marina in PIttsburg, CA

IMG_1283.jpgThere is a long history in Native America of these types of healing walks.  The Refinery Corridor Healing Walks were inspired by the Tar Sands Healing Walks in Alberta, Canada, the Longest Walks, and the Peace & Dignity Journeys.

In January of 2014, Idle No More SF Bay decided to organize a series of healing walks along the refinery corridor of the Northeast San Francisco Bay.  After the success of the first year the group agreed to a four year commitment of organizing the walks through 2017.

Front-line activists living along the corridor joined them and created the Bay Area Refinery Corridor Coalition (BARCC).  Working together, these two groups organized the healing walks to bring attention to the health risks and dangers that the refineries pose and the explosive crude by rail coming through the communities from the Alberta tar sands and the Bakken oil fields.  The groups also decided to begin a process to envision a just transition to a clean and safe energy future and an economy that supports everyone.  Walkers are invited to write or draw these ideas on muslin squares at the end of each walk (see photos below).  These squares will be sewn into quilts.  The quilts from 2014 will be shown at all of the walks.

We are walking as a commitment to Mother Earth and life on her beautiful belly.  We walk as a commitment to clean air, soil and water.  Members of Idle No More SF Bay conduct prayers at each refinery and toxic sites along the way.  Prayers for the waters are conducted by Native American women at the beginning and end of each walk.

350 Bay Area will be organizing a contingent to join the Healing Walk. 

Refinery Corridor Healing Walks Facebook page

Refinery Corridor Healing Walks website

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Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 11:00 AM · 1 rsvp
Baview-Dogpatch Sunday Streets

East Bay House Party fundraiser 4/11

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 25 rsvps
Jan Kirsch's house in Berkeley, CA

 

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Please join us for a fundraising house party:

 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

85 Hillcrest Road, Berkeley

(home of Jan Kirsch)

6:00 – 8:00 PM

(Program starts promptly at 6:30)

“Very few people on earth ever get to say, ‘I am doing, right now, the most important thing I could possibly be doing.’ If you join this fight, that’s what you’ll get to say.”   Bill McKibben, Founder 350.org


350 Bay Area invites you to be one of those “people on earth” to meet and chat with the dynamic, climate-friendly duo:

Former CA State Senator Loni Hancock

and

Former Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates

* Catered Buffet with food and drink* 

 Please say yes and RSVP below.

If you can’t attend, your donation is greatly appreciated.  Please contribute HERE

Join us to support 350BayArea and raise much needed funds to do "the most important thing we could do".  Loni and Tom are long-time climate champions from No Coal in Oakland to the Air District climate plan, and can share their political insights into the current political mess.  

350 Bay Area is a rising tide of thousands of volunteers committed to protecting our communities from the damage caused by the fossil fuel industry and to building a grassroots climate movement to achieve deep reductions in carbon pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

 

 

 

 

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