What happens if President Obama listens to activists and turns down Canadian and international oil companies that want to build the Keystone (tar sands) pipeline across the United States to the Gulf Coast? The oil companies have a Plan B: they want to ship their valuable toxic sludge by rail and barge to the West Coast of the United States for refining and/or transshipment to China.
Climate activists showed up in San Francisco this morning at a hearing of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District seeking to get the local board on record against any such plan. They insist:
If the oil campaniles get their way on this, the most effected Bay Area community would be Richmond, again. Long the home of a Chevron oil refinery that periodically spews poisons on its surroundings, Richmond is a diverse low-income community where polluters have long acted as if they could get away with murder. Too often they have. Community groups have fought to reduce toxic pollution in Richmond and their organizations were out in force this morning, among them the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Idle No More, Communities for a Better Environment, as well as San Francisco's 99 Percent Coalition.