Join the Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force to discuss what we need to do to phase out shipping and refining oil in a just transition to a Fossil Fuel Free Bay Area
This is the next installment of the CEMTF summit series, United Actions for an Environmentally Just and Regenerative Future.
This summit will include presentations and discussion of strategies to:
- Stop pollution in low-income neighborhoods
- Create risk bonds to cover spills, explosions and other disasters as well as financial meltdowns in the fossil fuel industry.
- Plan to decommission refineries and other fossil fuel infrastructure
- Are biofuels really a transition strategy?
The following presentations are planned
- Keynote Introduction – Eduardo Martinez
- Richmond: Protecting the land, Centering and Transforming our Communities
- Katt Ramos: Coordinator – Richmond Our Power Coalition
- Floy Andrews: Environmental Attorney, focusing on local government policy and practice
- Tesfaye Tsadik: Environmental & civil right attorney with municipal law background.
Katt will speak to the programs of the Richmond Our Power Coalition to center the collective work required to transform our communities and insure local stewardship of a just transition.
Floy and Tes will speak to the efforts in Richmond to protect the land from abandonment by the Refineries and insure that local governments have the resources for clean up , tax replacement and safe decommissioning
- Stand.Earth Safe Cities Fossil Fuel Organizing Overview
- Matt Krogh: Oil and gas activist and co-director of Stand.earth’s SAFE Cities campaign
- Wilder Zeiser: LA native and Climate Campaigner with SAFE Cities.
Join Matt Krogh and others for a workshop on the many policies local governments have passed to protect local health and safety and global climate by moving away from fossil fuels. From land use restrictions on new fossil fuel facilities to gas station bans and building electrification, there’s a menu of opportunities and approaches to explore.
- “2nd Generation” Biofuels Refining – “Renewable” Diesel or the Next False Climate Solution.
- Gary Hughes: Biofuels Watch, Stay-Grounded Network for a Just Transition, Global Forest Coalition
- Charlie Davidson: Sunflower Alliance, Rodeo Citizens Association, Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District.
Phillips 66 in Rodeo and Marathon in Martinez plan to repurpose petroleum refining to manufacture substitute diesel fuel from vegetable oils and animal fats. Euphemistically called “Renewable Diesel”, these projects are promising to be the world’s largest liquid biofuels facilities.
Fence-line communities are faced with the need for biofuels production to repurpose tens of thousands of square miles of agricultural land, yearly subsidies of billions in Low Carbon Fuels Standard and other credits, “renewable diesel’s” extremely high greenhouse production, its vast requirements for natural gas-derived hydrogen and potentially unstable chemistries.
Closing Session: Open Forum & Visioning
- Katt Ramos: – What do our cities look like in 100 years
Friday, July 30, 9 AM – 12 PM
online, register here