In this 30-page comic book for both youth and adults,10-year-old Gabe Sanchez of East Oakland tells the story of how he and his grandfather time-travel 50 years into the future. His 60-year-old self tells him the story of how climate change has shaped his life: the superstorm that destroyed his home and livelihood, the collapse of California agriculture, and more. But 60-year-old Gabe also shows the many ways people today are fighting to stop fossil fuels and build a green economy. Gabe and Grandpa return to 2016 determined to join the movement for climate justice.Read more
We all know it: transportation speed and convenience comes at a high price. It’s a price paid out in billions of barrels of petroleum, and billions of metric tons of CO2.
But really big numbers are hard to grasp. This web page gives a graphic and numeric representation of rates of increase in coal production, air travel, deforestation, animals killed by planes— and much more— all clocked in real time.Read more
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District regulates a wide range of air pollutants. This presentation lists them by type and describes their effects on human health. It also identifies their sources and links them to refinery processes. The key goals of BAAQMD’s 2014 Bay Area Climate Action Plan are listed, and the strategies for future advocacy are outlined.
Produced by Steve Nadel and Anne Donjacour, 2015.
This document outlines your 1st Amendment rights when photographing the exteriors of buildings from a public place, such as a public street, sidewalk, or park. The author, attorney Bill Simpich, recommends keeping the referenced documents in your pocket if you have reason to believe your rights will be challenged.
“Those who profess to favor freedom yet deprecate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters.” —Frederick Douglass.
This presentation on Non-Violent Direct Action, created by Steve Nadel, looks at the purpose and methods of NVDA. Through documentary photographs of actions reaching back several decades, Steve reminds us that social progress often does not come without “thunder and lightning."Read more
The methods for measuring effects of climate change are critical to dialogues about climate change and are at the heart of treaty negotiations and government policies. However, the currently used metrics date back to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. This new report outlines more stringent metrics for evaluating climate-forcing gases.Read more
A new map from the state Environmental Protection Agency ranks all 8,000 census tracts in California, evaluating each neighborhood and the people who live there to determine their vulnerability to environmental risks.
The map enables you to view impacts of diesel particulate matter, toxic release into the air, drinking water pollutants, and more.
These 18" x 24" posters can be placed in your windows, attached to a wall, or mounted on cardboard and sticks for holding.
The posters are $3 each, and can be picked up in Berkeley, Oakland or Richmond, California. Not from around these parts? We can also ship the posters in a sturdy mailing tube. (Add approximately $10 to the cost for up to 15 posters. Shipping cost varies with number of posters.)
We also invite you to print your own posters at smaller sizes. Click the link that appears below each poster to download a printable PDF file.Read more
Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) has created a succinct 2-sided flyer, Climate Justice Policy on Oil Refining, that offers an overview of the refinery pollution in the Bay Area. It describes the problem and solution, outlines key points in the recent history of refinery regulation, and recommends specific actions.
Download Climate Justice Policy on Oil Refining (PDF).
Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power and Galileo: Do Scientists Have a Duty to Expose Popular Misconceptions?
By James E. Hanson
“People who entreat the government to solve global warming but offer support only for renewable energies will be rewarded with the certainty that the U.S. and most of the world will be fracked-over, the dirtiest fossil fuels will be mined, mountaintop removal and mechanized long-wall coal mining will continue, the Arctic, Amazon and other pristine public lands will be violated, and the deepest oceans will be ploughed for fossil fuels. Politicians are not going to let the lights go out or stop economic growth."
Sunflower Alliance does not endorse the nuclear option, but offers this article as fuel for debate.
Download Hansen paper (PDF).
“What is Climate Justice?” illustrates the concept of climate justice through the story of Richmond's political battle with Chevron in the aftermath of the 2012 refinery explosion. The 2-½ minute video mines locally-shot footage, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board animation, campaign ads and other media to spotlight the impact local organizing can have in a community's struggle for environmental justice. (See the video below.)Read more
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has a powerful new mapping tool that lets you take a detailed look at every aspect of America's energy system. You can create interactive maps show the distribution of coal, gas, hydro, nuclear, solar and other energy sources across the US.Read more
Railroads sue California over new CBR rules
BNSF and Union Pacific have filed suit in federal court challenging a state law requiring railroads to develop oil spill prevention and response plans. The railroads argue that the federal government already has numerous safety measures governing hazardous materials transport. Sacramento Bee, Oct.10, 2014
North States' Communities Concern about CBR Hazards
"Perhaps nowhere else in California does the potential for a deadly oil-related accident seem more real than in the North State." Chico News & Review, Alistair Blair. July 10, 2014
New Safety Rules Proposed For Oil Rail Tanker Cars
The Department of Transportation has proposed a two-year phase out of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil under regulations proposed on July 23, 2014. However, there has been no specifications of the tank cars that would replace them. CBS/KPIX5 News article.
Two state assembly bills aim to tighten regulation of transporting crude by rail. Assembly Bill 380, would require railroads to report details of transport, routes, type of cargo, to state OES. Senate Bill 1319 would extend state oversight and prevention. Contra Costa Times (July 9, 2017)
Letter from City of Berkeley to Senator Feinstein
June 16, 2014. Urges steps to protect residents from dangers of increased transport of hazardous and volatile crude oil along West Coast rail corridors: removal of DOT-111 cars for transport of hazardous crude, use of alternate routes far from densely populated areas, and implementation of Governor Brown's safety recommendations (June 10, 2014).
Click Read more link for resolutions of Berkeley and Richmond city councils.Read more
From California Fuel Overview and Crude Oil Trends, California Energy Commission
Oil by Rail Safety in California (PDF)
Report prepared by the Interagency Rail Safety Working Group, June 10, 2014. The Report recommends 12 steps the state should take to address the risks of increased oil by rail transport. Among them: more rail inspectors, improved emergency preparedness and response, real-time shipment information to emergency responders, phase out of DOT-111 cars, accelerated phase-in of new technology.
Trends in Sources of Crude Oil
Titles and links to 16 presentations made to the California Energy Commission. June 25, 2014.
Oil Change International
The website provides an interactive map of rail lines throughout the United States. Zoom in to a particular region to see the exact routes of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and other rail carriers. The map also identifies locations of up-, mid- and downstream facilities and terminals. http://priceofoil.org/rail/
Communities for a Better Environment
CBE's website features an interactive map that illustrates oil projects now being pushed by the 5 Bay Area refineries, and the rail and pipelines connecting them.
Photo Guide: Distinguishing oil trains from one another
Guide tells whether you're looking at an oil train or not and whether its cars are newer models or outdated ones.
Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released a new short film and launched a series of major investigative reports debunking key claims of proponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The production package for “Keystone PipeLIES Exposed” includes a 22-minute film, a fact sheet debunking the main myths about the KXL, seven 3-minute short videos for easy sharing, and other materials about the the experts cited in the film, which you can find at our new website: PipeLIESexposed.org
Marilaine Savard from Lac-Mégantic describes how the derailment of a train carrying Bakken shale oil and the subsequent fire devastated her community in July 2013.
Author and oil industry analyst Antonia Juhasz (website) describes the technical and economic driving the push to move millions of barrels of Bakken and tar sands crude by rail through the US and Canada.
Click More link below to view videos.Read more
Excellent animation describes what the CSB discovered about the immediate and longer term causes of the Chevron Richmond Refinery fire and explosion.
To watch the video please click Read More link below.Read more