"When it is late at night, it is possible to hear freight trains running from Davis to the Bay Area. Most of us don’t pay any attention to these trains; perhaps that is a mistake. Some of these trains carry 50 tanker cars filled with heavy Alberta tar sands crude on their way to East Bay refineries in Martinez, Rodeo, and Richmond. Additional refineries in Benicia and Avon are eager to receive these dangerous loads.
On a global level, oil made from dirty tar sands crude -which already has a carbon footprint double that of lighter oil just to extract it from the ground - has the potential to greatly increase carbon dioxide emissions. This is one reason that there is so much opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline which will carry Alberta tar sands oil through the heartland of America to Gulf Coast refineries.
On a regional level, these high-sulfur oils are potentially dangerous for the residents living near Bay Area refineries. A fire at the Chevron refinery last year sent 15,000 people to the hospitals with respiratory difficulties. According to a report by Forest Ethics, the processing of tar sands crude in our refineries is “the equivalent of installing a moderate to large coal-burning power plant.” We have five bay area refineries clamoring for more tar sands crude.
On a local level, do we Davisites want trainloads of this toxic and flammable material to roll through our town every night? For more information, visit the Yolano Climate Action table beside the Cool Davis table at the market on Sept. 21.
Protest Bike ride at 9:00 AM: This Saturday, September 21, Yolano Climate Action in conjunction with 350.org is organizing a protest bike ride through the streets of Davis. The protest ride features 8-foot by 8-foot train puppets conceived by Milton Kalish. Cyclists will meet behind the US Bicycling Hall of Fame (on the steps facing the green) at 9:00 AM. The four-mile route will wind through the streets of north and downtown Davis, culminating at the Farmers Market.
Rally at Rotary Stage 11:00 AM: At 11:00 AM a short rally on the Rotary Stage will feature speakers addressing climate chaos from several points of view. Mayor Joe Krovoza will open the program. Kim Stanley Robinson will speak about 350.org and geo-engineering. Matt Biers-Ariel will advocate for biking as a way to live carbon-free. Anya McCann from Cool Cuisine and Lindsay Rubin Founder of vegansofdavis and Tanzi Jacksonr from UC Davis will talk about Meatless Mondays as a way to reduce individual carbon footprints through diet. Finally Kerry Danne Loux will invite the audience to the Cool Davis Festival on October 12th for more climate solutions.
For more information, email Matt Biers-Ariel at email@example.com. Or just show up on Saturday!
*Yolano Climate Action is a new group forming as a go-to place for local climate actions and events for the greater Davis area. The purpose is to bring together representatives of local groups and individuals working on mitigation of the climate crisis in order to amplify the effectiveness of the efforts of each group through improved communication, coordination, and support."