Apparently Kern County wants to increase crude-by-rail and re-open a refinery. That’s a horrible idea, since we need to start closing refineries and move to all clean energy, immediately. Here is my letter of comment, sent through an action page hosted by the Center for Biological Diversity.
Subject: Reject the Alon Bakerfield Project
You would do well to read California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s January 15th, 2014 letter to the City of Pittsburg, CA regarding a proposed crude-by-rail terminal there. Many of her concerns apply to this project, including:
- the issue of cumulative emissions on an already highly-impacted community,
- the increased and novel risks of transporting extreme crudes such as diluted tar sands bitumen and Bakken shale oil, and
- the effects that new fossil fuel infrastructure may have on California’s ability to meet its own (legislated) greenhouse gas emissions goals.
The full letter is available at http://pittsburgdc.org/?p=655
To protect our climate and meet California’s greenhouse gas emission goals, we must not build any more fossil fuel infrastructure. Period.