Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Chevron refinery protest by climate activists

San Jose Mercury News/Science, Paul Rogers, 8/3/13.  "Big protest at Chevron Richmond refinery is latest example of climate activists stepping up rallies and marches."
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 RICHMOND -- More than 1,000 people marched Saturday through the streets of Richmond to the gates of the Chevron refinery, where 210 people were arrested as part of a protest against the oil giant and other fossil fuel companies.

....  Earlier this week, researchers from Stanford University published a report in the journal Science that concluded that from 1980 to 2005, the earth warmed at a rate of nearly 4 degrees per century -- a rate 10 times faster than at any time back to when dinosaurs roamed the earth 65 million years ago. At the current rate of carbon dioxide emissions, the earth is on pace to become 9 degrees warmer by 2100, said Chris Field, a Stanford biology professor who co-authored the study. But if emissions are cut significantly in the coming decades, that could be kept to about 4 degrees, he said.   Read article.

Related - San Francisco Bay Guardian/Rebecca Bowe, 8/2/13," "Chevron hit by lawsuit and mass march on anniversary of refinery blaze." "Almost exactly a year ago, an explosion and chemical fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery sent a toxic plume of smoke billowing into the air. Visible for miles, the blaze sent 15,000 to the hospital with respiratory and other health problems. On the eve of the anniversary of that disaster, Chevron faces mounting pressure from all sides as everyone from city officials to environmentalists continue to seek accountability.   Note:  Also search archived Chevron fire articles on Fix Pacifica.  Photograph from Marathon Training.

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