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Get ready California. We're marching to end neighborhood drilling, keep oil and gas in the ground, and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy.
It's time to end the age of fossil fuels. Join #BreakFreeLA now.
WE WILL BE MAKING CALLS FROM HOME. WE WILL NOT MEET ON 5/3 AT THE UNITARIAN CHURCH. YOU CAN NOW CALL AT YOUR CONVENIENCE. PLEASE EMAIL ELLIE AT EASH0991@GMAIL.COM OR CALL AT 401-633-4611 TO HELP MAKE CALLS FORM HOME.
Come to the May 3 meeting of the Oakland City Council to tell them to hire public health experts, not Environmental Science Associates (ESA), to review evidence about the dangers of shipping coal through Oakland’s bulk terminal. We expect a proposal from Health Impact Partners (HIP)–experts in public health assessment– to be on the agenda May 3 along with the ESA proposal. We need public support for the council to choose the public health alternative.
No Coal in Oakland is supporting the proposal from HIP, a national leader in the field of health impact assessment based right here in Oakland. They will subcontract PSE Healthy Energy, an Oakland-based energy science and policy institute. In addition, they will assemble a panel of Bay Area public health experts with a variety of backgrounds, including environmental health (including air quality, water quality, and noise), environmental justice, occupational health and medicine, and epidemiology. This panel will guide the process and provide feedback throughout the review.
The HIP proposal is a much more appropriate review process to evaluate the health and safety impact of coal.
In contrast, ESA is notorious in the Bay Area for writing the Environmental Impact Review that gave the green light to Valero’s crude oil-by-rail project, which is now being contested in Benicia. Many critics, from environmental and community groups to the California’s attorney general, have called that review inadequate because it fails to fully report the many negative impacts the crude-by-rail project would cause. In addition, activists question ESA’s commitment to a fair review of the health and safety dangers of coal, pointing to the fact that the team they propose to do the review doesn’t include a single public health expert. No Coal in Oakland says the city should hire public health experts–not a consulting firm with a vested interest in maintaining a good relationship the fossil-fuel industry—to summarize and synthesize the information received at a hearing on the impacts coal shipments would have on public health and safety in Oakland.
On February 16, the Council dropped a proposal to hire ESA, at the urging of the Mayor, who is strongly opposed to coal. No Coal in Oakland was hopeful that the idea of using ESA, with its typical job being to write reports favoring development, was dead. When the Council decided to consider a revised proposal from ESA, No Coal in Oakland learned of the alternative proposal from public health experts. Strong public pressure is needed to tell the Council to select HIP rather than ESA and make sure the investigation of evidence is valid and unbiased. Come help push the No Coal in Oakland campaign over the finish line.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: SIGN UP TO SPEAK OR CEDE TIME
The City Council allows public input on major agenda items such as coal, but each speaker only gets one minute to speak. You can sign up to speak and you can then yield your time to someone else so that a speaker who needs three or four minutes can use your time.
To get started, please use this link to sign up:
On the form enter your name, the date of 5/3/16, ‘coal’ in the “Item Number”, ‘City Council’ as the choice for “Comm/CouncilName.”
Finally enter ‘Yes’ as the choice for “Wish to Speak Concerning this Item,” if you wish to speak yourself. You can also enter the name of the person you want to cede time to so that that person can have more time for full expression. You can also cede your time by giving it up at the meeting even if you entered in the online form that you wish to speak.
After entering your speaker card form, you will get a confirmation number. Bring this with you to the meeting.
PLEASE SIGN UP TO SPEAK. We always need some people who have signed up to cede their time to others.
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PSST! THERE’S FREE PARKING
The lot behind City Hall on Clay Street has free parking after 4:30 p.m. on City Council meeting nights.test
Join us for a regular meeting of 350 Bay Area's 100% Clean, Renewable Energy campaign. We'll be discussing the ongoing fight to protect fair policies for rooftop solar, policy around bringing more distributed energy resources onto the grid, key legislation, and more. All are welcome. The campaign's meetings are the first and third Wednesday of every month.
Call in #(641) 715-3580, code: 487-727test
Please join us at our phone banking party to spread the word about Break Free! We'll be making calls, eating food, & getting pumped to Break Free from fossil fuels. Come for any part of the 4.5-hour time that you can. We'll be serving dinner at 6:30pm. We'd like to get a head count for dinner by 4pm, so it would be great if you could RSVP, but even if you can't, please just show up. See you there!test
Please join us at our phone banking party to spread the word about Break Free! We'll be making calls, eating refreshments, & getting pumped to Break Free from fossil fuels. Come for any part of the 2.5-hour time that you can. See you there!test
SoCal Edison's plan to build a new natural gas plant in Oxnard(the Puente Power Project) will likely be on the agenda for the CPUC's May 12th meeting, which will be in Sacramento. Whether or not the item is on the agenda, there will be an opportunity to speak during public comment against the project. You can also send a letter to the CPUC asking them to oppose the Puente project!
CPUC staff have issued a proposed decision recommending waiting for further information before taking action on the Puente Power Project, but at least one CPUC Commissioner is pushing for the plant to be approved. This meeting will be a key opportunity to speak up against the plant, and against further expansion of dirty fossil fuel power, in a community that is already overburdened by pollution.
The proposed power plant(the Puente Power Project) for Southern California Edison would be the 4th power plant in a low income community already severely impacted by health problems from existing plants. This proposal is in response to the CPUC identifying a need for an additional 215-290 MW of new energy resources in the Moorpark area by 2021. This SCE plan proposes to meet all required future demand with this new gas plant and does not include any renewable, energy efficiency or demand response resources.
The City of Oxnard, Sierra Club & CEJA intervened calling on siting issues of flooding and environmental risks and environmental justice which is being assessed by the CEC siting approval process. The CPUC issued a proposed decision to delay the consideration of the contract until a full assessment of the EJ and env risk is completed at the CEC. This is a huge win, however the proposed decision does not require SCE to issue a new RFP to allow for clean energy solutions alternatives. It is critical that there are alternative proposals before the CEC makes a determination on siting. However, then on 2/12, CPUC Com. Peterman issued an alternate decision approving the contract, saying the CPUC does not have the discretion to delay.
Ask: We need to tell the CPUC to adopt the proposed decision to delay contract approval until the CEC siting process is complete AND require SCE to issue a new RFP to allow for new clean energy alternative proposals. Check back soon for talking points on this issue.
Speaking during public comment: You can sign up in advance here to speak during public comment at the meeting, or sign up in person the day of.
More resources: A great op ed by an Oxnard city council member on why stopping the plant is an environmental justice issue.test
March to Break Free from Fossil Fuels: Our Health, Our Climate, Our Communities
Break Free is a global wave of actions happening on every continent in the 2nd week of May to keep coal, oil, & gas in the ground. Here in California we’ll be mobilizing in Los Angeles, the heart of the fossil fuels industry in California, for a rally and march on Saturday. And then, should any want to stay for a nonviolent direct action to confront Big Oil/Gas in the belly of the beast the next day, arrangements are set up for that with transportation (free) provided to come back the next day. We’re organizing buses to go down to Los Angeles. Do you think you can join us?
YOU CAN BUY BUS TICKETS HERE:
We'll help to arrange carpools to the pick-up locations. You can park all weekend at the BART station for free!!! There is a bathroom on the bus. Please bring snacks to eat. The march will be 1 mile.
There are motivated folks who'd like to go but can't afford the cost of transport. You can donate to help people go to LA here. Click on the bus from your area, & then click on the link that says you'd like to donate.
The most important thing you can do other than join us on the bus is to help us phone bank! You can do this any time anywhere OR you can come to a phone bank party in the East Bay or San Francisco.
Break Free Bay Area -> LA Facebook event page: here
March website: la.breakfree2016.org
Volunteer here in the bay to help with planning and the march, phone banking from home or at a party, movement/dance and outreach!
Please join us at our May meeting! Folks will be reporting back on their experiences at Break Free in LA, we'll be discussing opportunities to get involved in legislative activities, & more. Whether you're new or you've been to a meeting before, the monthly meetings are a great way to get involved!test
Join The Climate Mobilization, 350 Bay Area, and More for an Afternoon of Climate Movement Building