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Please attend the Bay Area Air District meeting this Monday, April 9

Repost from Sunflower Alliance

No Tar Sands in the Bay!  …April 9 meeting of the BAAQMD

Come show your opposition to the expansion of the Phillips 66 Rodeo refinery!

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) is considering Phillips 66’s application for a permit to more than double the number of tankers coming into their marine terminal. 

WHEN
Monday, April 9, 8:30 AM to 12 PM

WHERE
BAAQMD headquarters
375 Beale St.,
San Francisco

RSVP

Since Phillips 66 owns a big tar-sands mining operation in Alberta, we can assume the tankers will be bringing tar sands oil.

First Nations in Canada have been battling the planned tripling of the pipeline that brings tar sands oil from Alberta through their lands to the West Coast, where it can be shipped to refineries in California.

Phillips 66 has denied that expanding the wharf will mean increasing production at the refinery.   However, bringing in the additional amount of oil enabled by the wharf expansion plus the amount currently carried by the pipeline from the P66 sister refinery in Santa Maria equals a 15% increase in capacity.

Expanding production would mean emitting more greenhouse gases and health-harming pollution into neighboring communities.  In addition, increasing the amount of oil coming through the Bay in tankers will increase the risk of  oil spills, like the one at Phillips 66 last September, which sent a plume of toxic air to Vallejo.  But it’s worse — because tar sands crude oil is so heavy and thick it can’t be cleaned up once it’s spilled.  It would just sink to the bottom of the Bay and stay there, contaminating the water, plants, and wildlife.

Now BAAQMD has created an “ad hoc committee” on refineries, which plans to discuss these issues at its next meeting.  Come tell BAAQMD: No tar sands in the Bay!  No new fossil fuel projects!  No Phillips 66 expansion!  And stand with First Nations people in Canada fighting for their land.

WHEN

Monday, April 9, 8:30 AM to 12 PM

WHERE

BAAQMD headquarters
375 Beale St.,
San Francisco

RSVP

Hosted by Idle No More SF Bay and Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty

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Rachel Maddow: Carl Icahn is the common thread in Pruitt ethics, policy scandals

Repost from MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show
[Editor: If nothing else brings Scott Pruitt tumbling down, Rachel Maddow’s deep analysis and damning report should do the trick!  – RS]

Rachel Maddow looks at the relationship between Donald Trump adviser Carl Icahn and EPA chief Scott Pruitt and how Icahn’s business interests intertwine with Pruitt’s ethics scandals and peculiar EPA policies.
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 4/5/18, Duration: 22:20
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NRDC: It’s Time to Fire Scott Pruitt

Repost from Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

It’s Time to Fire Scott Pruitt

Expert Blog, by Rhea Suh, March 29, 2018 Rhea Suh 
The EPA administrator is a threat to the environment and our health.
Susan Walsh/AP

What’s in a silver dollar? Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb? What’s the purpose of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?

Some questions answer themselves, but EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt gets the easiest one completely wrong. He’s made it his job to protect polluters and put the environment at risk.

It’s not the agency’s mission that needs changing―it’s the administrator. Scott Pruitt’s got to go.

That’s not a position NRDC takes lightly. We’ve disagreed with EPA administrators before. Pruitt, though, is intent on making the agency fail. That’s why we’ve joined with other environmental advocacy groups to call on President Trump to replace Pruitt with someone who’ll protect the people, not the polluters. Continue reading NRDC: It’s Time to Fire Scott Pruitt

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