Forums on the New Dangers of Extreme Energy, from Canada to Contra Costa
The Sunflower Alliance is pleased to host - and 350 Bay Area is proud to co-sponsor - a series of forums in northern Contra Costa County on the dangers of the fossil fuel industry’s turn to extreme energy in recent years. CoCoCo and Benicia are home to five refineries, specializing in the dirtiest and heaviest crude oils, and the industry has proposed five major projects to expand refineries and bring in crude oil by train.
Our panelists are experts and community activists, featuring a special guest from Lac-Mégantic, Canada, which suffered a devastating oil train explosion last July that killed 47 people. They’ll educate us on Big Oil’s plans and the local, regional, and global effects.
Learn about the consequences for your community, and learn how communities are organizing to fight back and protect our health and safety!
There are three forums coming up: Pittsburg, on Monday, February 24th, at 7pm; Martinez, on Wednesday, February 26th, at 6:30pm; and Richmond, on Saturday, March 1st, at noon.
Find out more, including directions and speakers, on the Sunflower Alliance website.
Now it’s time for Secretary of State John Kerry to tell President Obama whether he thinks it is “in our national interest” to approve this dirty and dangerous pipeline.
The last official public comment period on the pipeline ends on March 7. And we need to weigh in immediately while this assessment is still being reviewed: the Keystone XL pipeline is a climate catastrophe.
Visit Rainforest Action Network page to make comment to the State Department on KXL.
WANT TO FIGHT BIG OIL'S DAMNED AND DIRTY
EXPANSION PLANS IN OUR BAY AREA?
The No Tar Sands team would like to welcome you to the
Last August 3rd the folks of the Sunflower Alliance organized the March on Chevron. Flush with enthusiasm we have now taken on the broader effort to halt Big Oil's plans to expand their operations in the East Bay to enable the refining of Tar Sands and fracked crude on a large scale. They are planning to build infrastructure to accommodate daily hundreds of rail cars and hundreds of thousands of barrels of dirty crude.
The Sunflower Alliance is a coalition of individuals and organizations who have come together to fight for environmental justice, indigenous people's rights, and basic health and safety in communities of the Est Bay threatened by the fossil fuel industry. But our struggle is equally for an end to the ruinous fossil fuel economy itself, and for its replacement with a just and sustainable labor-oriented economy that meets people's real needs and does not destroy the earth's climate.
The No Tar Sands Team, which was instrumental in helping form the Sunflower Alliance, will continue to meet when necessary and will serve as the liaison between 350 Bay Area and the Sunflower Alliance, representing 350BA. The Sunflower Alliance is a growing force of the climate justice movement taking on Big Oil. The NTS team will focus our energy participating in this Alliance. Want to fight the refining of Tar Sands and fracked crude? Join us.
March 2nd – Sunflower Alliance meeting. 1 – 3 PM Bobbie Bowens Center, 1021 Macdonald Ave., Richmond CA 94804.
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The Sunflower Alliance (SA) is currently assisting the grassroots organizing going on in Pittsburg. WesPac Energy is attempting to construct a rail terminal and expanded shipping to accommodate 242,000 barrels a day which would then be piped to the local refineries.
For more information go the Pittsburg Defense Council website.
- Join us for door-to-door petitioning in Pittsburg on Saturdays at 10am. Call (925) 318-1264 for details.
- Help do phonebanking Call (925) 318-1264 for details.
- Sign the online petition to prevent the construction of an oil terminal next to downtown Pittsburg!