It's been nearly five months since we first learned about a dirty backroom deal to export Utah coal through a terminal under development on the West Oakland waterfront. Since then, we've learned a lot about the plan. The coal would be transported on long, dusty trains from Utah, compromising air and water quality all along the route. From Oakland, the coal would be shipped abroad to be burned, adding to the global climate crisis. But now there's some good news: we've learned how we can stop this dirty project.
On September 21st, the Oakland City Council will hold a hearing on the impacts of the coal-export project on public health and safety. This is our big chance to convince the City Council NOT to allow coal exports through Oakland! Join us to tell city leaders why letting coal come through our city would be a disaster for the local economy, public health and safety, and climate.
You can now sign up online to speak at the Oakland City Council hearing one week from today on why coal exports are wrong for the Bay Area. You don't need to be an expert to testify; you just need to care about your community and your planet. We'll have talking points available at the event.
Even if you don't like to speak in public we still need you to fill out a speaker card, since you can cede your time to give other people more time to make the case against coal exports. Here's how to sign up:
- Click here to open the Speaker Card form.
- Type "4" in the box labeled Agenda Item Number. Enter your name and contact information. Select City Council in the Comm/Council Name drop-down menu, and pick the date September 21 in the calendar. You don't have to fill out any of the items after the date. Click Submit!
- Send an email to Jess Dervin-Ackerman at firstname.lastname@example.org You can let Jess know if you want to speak or if you want to cede your time.
- Show up next Monday, September 21st, for the City Council meeting!
For more information:
The East Bay Express featured the campaign to keep Oakland coal-free in "Banking on Coal in Oakland" (August 19th).
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