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New Environmental Justice Report Links Dangerous Rail Routes with Census Data
Public interest groups today released the Crude Injustice on the Rails report evaluating the disparate threat to people of color and low-income communities from explosions and pollution from crude oil trains in California.
The groups ForestEthics and Communities for a Better Environment evaluated oil train routes and US Census data to determine who was at greatest risk from pollution and potential oil trains derailments and explosions, like the fatal July 2013 Lac Megantic oil train disaster.
"It's simple, oil trains contribute to environmental racism in California," says Nile Malloy, Northern California Program Director, Communities for a Better Environment. "Environmental justice communities like Richmond and Wilmington that already live with the highest risk are hardest hit. It's time for a just and quick transition to clean energy."
The groups report that Californians of color are more likely to live in the oil train blast zone, the dangerous one-mile evacuation zone in the case of an oil train derailment and fire. While 60 percent of Californians live in environmental justice communities – communities with racial minorities, low income, or non-English speaking households – 80 percent of the 5.5 million Californians with homes in the blast zone live in environmental justice communities. Nine out of ten of California’s largest cities on oil train routes have an even higher rate of discriminatory impact than the state average. In these cities, 82–100 percent of people living in the blast zone are in environmental justice communities.
Learn more and download the full report at forestethics.org
In response to a Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards regulation, 350.org Policy Director Jason Kowalski issued the following statement:
“Today’s ruling throws public health and our climate under the bus for the sake of corporate profits. But the bottom line is: our society is transitioning off fossil fuels and onto renewables, and no number of expensive legal battles will change that. The fossil fuel industry can try as hard as it wants to swim against the tide, but especially facing the power of a growing divestment campaign and a booming renewables sector, it simply won’t win in its attempt to prevent progress.”
350Marin Steering Committee member Jody Timms of Fairfax, who is also chair of the Divest-Invest Committee had a Marin Voice editorial published in the Marin IJ on June 26. Here are some excerpts. You can read the entire piece online.
We are blessed to live in a county with a rich history of environmental stewardship; we have in Marin many, many “rebels with a cause.”
350Marin is an integral part of the ever-growing local and international climate justice movement and we are adding our voice to those calling on humanity to get deadly serious about the developed world’s fossil-fueled past and present.
We are asking the community and county of Marin to join us in urgently addressing the legacy economic system that would deny us a bold, creative and life-affirming future.
Why is MCERA unwilling to take climate risk seriously?
MCERA is interested in “doing good in the world via impact investing,” but its members are not willing to say no to the world’s major coal, oil and gas companies for whom, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, obituaries are being drafted.
MCERA’s commitment to divestment would make Marin’s voice heard and influence the Bay Area air board and others beyond our shores. There is reason to be hopeful when we note the tremendous progress some regions and nations are achieving.
Let’s hope — no, let’s demand — that MCERA not leave Marin in the past and the community of Marin out tens of millions of dollars.
Future generations deserve the opportunity to carry forth Marin’s legacy of environmental stewardship.
Over 60 people attended our first Community Meeting featuring Andrés Soto from Richmond.
Andrés gave an informative talk about bomb trains in the East Bay and how we can get involved in actions around the Bay Area.
He talked about the Lac-Mégantic runaway train and derailment in Quebec in July 2013 that killed almost 50 people and turned the town into a toxic waste area, and other bomb train derailments since then.
Here in the Bay Area, the bomb trains would pass through Sacramento, the East Bay and through the Central Valley on their way to refineries in Richmond and San Luis Obispo.
There are actions coming up that you can get involved in:
June 20 - Refinery Corridor Healing Walk #3 - from Benicia to Rodeo
There was lots of great energy in the room for making this world better for us and future generations. Thanks to all who were there to make it a success.Read more
350.org Executive Director, May Boeve, issued the following statement on the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment:
The Pope’s moral call to action is crystal clear: it’s time to move away from fossil fuels and towards a clean energy future. By putting the climate crisis in spiritual and moral terms, Pope Francis has focused a spotlight on the ethical and economic shift we urgently need in order to prevent catastrophic climate change and tackle growing inequality. There’s no doubt this letter will add momentum to the millions of institutions, elected officials, and people across our planet calling for action on climate change. Today, it’s clearer than ever that the end of the fossil fuel era is upon us — and so too, we hope, the end of the era of rising poverty and inequality. The Pope’s call only hastens our transition to a clean energy future, adding even more momentum to the fast-growing movement to divest from fossil fuels.
The encyclical, “On Care for Our Common Home,” makes explicit the connection between climate change and oppression of the poorest and most vulnerable.