Fossil Fuel Resistance
This 350 Marin Committee is part of the 350 Bay Area Fossil Fuel Resistance Campaign.
Our actions have included demonstrations in opposition to new pipelines (KXL, DAPL) and the institutions that fund them, actions to prevent coal reaching the Port of Oakland for export, Canadian tar sands coming to the Bay Area and also an end to the extractive process known as fracking.
At the end 2015 the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board of Directors, over the objections of their senior staff, finally agreed to order an Environmental Impact Report for a Community-Worker Proposal to impose a verifiable numeric cap on refinery emissions at current levels. This proposal would make it very difficult for oil companies to refine more tar-sands or to increase production for export. It would set an important precedent for stopping the tar-sands invasion on the West Coast and severely limit the strip mining of boreal forest in Canada. The vote on the Caps Rule scheduled in June was thwarted by staff when they came back with a proposal that was poorly crafted and would have increased pollution rather than capping it. Then, Governor Brown worked with Big Oil on a new Cap and Trade bill (AB 398) which passed in July with language that seemed at first to pre-empt Air Districts from doing what the BAAQMD Board had asked. However the language of the bill indicates it only prevents Air Districts from “reducing” GHG emissions from refineries, not “capping” them. So now efforts begin anew to convince the Board to prepare a rule to cap CO2 emissions as the Board committed to do in May.