Richmond Forum on the New Dangers of Extreme Energy 3/1

The Sunflower Alliance is pleased to host - and 350 Bay Area 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.

Stopping Fossil Fuel Disaster - Starting Fossil Free Solutions; Lac-Mégantic to Pittsburg to Richmond, CA

From "Not In My Back Yard" (NIMBY) to "Not On Planet Earth" (NOPE)--a lively teach-in with:

Marilaine Savard is a spokesperson for a citizens’ group in the region of Lac-Mégantic, Québec, which suffered a devastating oil train explosion last July that killed 47 people. She co-founded a local committee to address local contamination and energy issues.

Antonia Juhasz is a leading oil and energy expert. She’s a policy analyst, journalist, and author of The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry and What We Must do to Stop It and Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill.

Other speakers include:

  • Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, part of the Richmond Progressive Alliance who transformed Richmond from an oil company town to a leading city standing up to Wall St bank foreclosures and Chevron corruption and pollution, including seeking damages for the August 6, 2013 refinery explosion and fire that resulted in 15,000 going to the hospital.
  • George Monterey, a grassroots community leader fighting the Wespac crude mega-transfer-storage facility in Pittsburg, CA to supply expanding Bay Area refineries with fracked and tar sands crude oil by rail, pipeline and tanker.
  • Pennie Opal Plant, Idle No More SF Bay Solidarity from Richmond, CA "Idle No More calls on all people to join in a peaceful revolution, to honour Indigenous sovereignty, and to protect the land and water".

MC: Andres Soto, KPFA's Morning Mix host and Communities for a Better Environment Richmond organizer.

Fossil Fuels are a disaster; from fracking and tar sands extraction; to transport in rail cars, pipelines and tankers; to refining; to burning; to climate change-caused drought, heatwaves, fires, floods, and super-storms are wrecking our communities and planet.

* How can we move from "Not In My Back Yard" (NIMBY) to "Not On Planet Earth" (NOPE)?
* How can we STOP fossil fuel disasters and START fossil-fuel free solutions?

Sponsored by Sunflower Alliance and 350 Bay Area. Co-sponsored by Richmond Progressive Alliance, and Communities for a Better Environment.

We also have forums in Richmond and Martinez; see

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March 01, 2014 at 12pm - 2pm
Bobby Bowens Center
1021 Macdonald Ave
Richmond, CA 94801
United States
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Martin MacKerel · · 415.845.0729
Jim Wilson Kethia Chheng John Mathieu Claudette Begin Janet Johnson Deborah Bayer

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