In the next two years the number of rail cars carrying oil into the Bay Area is forecast to increase 20 fold to 200,000. Although it’s known as one of the most environmentally friendly places in the country, the Bay Area is also among the top exporters of fossil fuels. Five refineries in the East Bay process heavy crude oil. Now, they may be planning to import Canadian tar sands oil, which produces more greenhouse gas emissions than conventionally produced oil because of the energy required for extraction and processing. Demand from developing countries is high and East Bay oil exports are a huge business.
How will more oil transported on railcars impact the Bay Area economy and environment? Can California be a climate leader while getting more involved with tar sands and other dirty fuels?
John Avalos, Supervisor, City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Jess Dervin-Ackerman, Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter
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