Big Oil & The Bay: Why Particulate Matter Matters, and Other Burning Issues

SR Presentation

The Bay Area is widely known as a center of environmental progressivism, but with its multiple refineries and export terminals it is also an important nexus for the fossil fuel industry. On Thursday, August 29th at 2 pm in the Club Room, Shoshana Wechsler will speak on Big Oil & The Bay: Why Particulate Matter Matters, and Other Burning Issues. This talk is sponsored by Sustainable Rossmoor.

Local Refineries

The Chevron refinery in Richmond is the world’s largest single stationary source of greenhouse gas production. Chevron is only one for four refineries in our county. In total, these refineries produce 94% of the county’s greenhouse gases, and are seriously under-regulated. These facilities are being expanded to increase the refining of tar sands crude oil, the world’s most carbon-intensive and polluting of fuel sources. At times, it seems that Big Oil has a stranglehold on our local politics. As you’ll learn in this talk, the more immediate health harm comes from other invisible forms of air pollution.

What You Can Do

What exactly is going on here, what are the climate and health impacts, and what can we do about it? Hear about fossil fuel resistance in our own region, and how you can get involved.

Speaker

Shoshana Wechsler is a founding member of the Sunflower Alliance, an East Bay climate justice organization working for a rapid transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to environmental renewal and social equity.  She serves on the Policy Team for 350 Bay Area, and is an alternate District 1 representative on the Contra Costa County Sustainability Commission.  A native Californian, she was born and raised in Solano and Contra Costa counties, and educated at U.C. and Stanford in literature and cultural studies.

Free Refinery Primer

Fighting Pollution of Bay Area Refineries, For Our Health, For Our Future — free, illustrated 16-page primer summarizes the environmental and climate impacts of the Bay Area’s five oil refineries,
http://www.sunflower-alliance.org/refinery-primer/

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