130 results for author: No Coal in Oakland


So-called “Oakland Protocol”: a coal industry falsehood and farce

On Halloween, the Oakland Post published an alarming article about efforts by longtime coal industry executives to revive plans for a coal terminal in West Oakland. No Coal in Oakland contacted the newspaper’s publisher, and was given an opportunity to respond to misstatements of fact and omissions in the article that appear to be part of a concerted plan to lobby key community leaders to overturn the city’s coal ban, as reported by Darwin BondGraham in a Guardian article just a week before. In the October 31 Post article, Insight Terminal Solutions (ITS), would-be operator of the proposed Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal, touted its plan to ...

NCIO & San Diego 350: beware fossil fuel contamination in “black box” pension fund investments

No Coal in Oakland's warning against infrastructure investment proposals that conceal fossil fuel projects reached hundreds of pension fund investors in San Diego last weekend. It couldn't have happened without the vital support of activists in San Diego 350 who mobilized to leaflet that city's convention center. On October 19 through 21, thousands attended the opening days of the 65th Annual Employee Benefits Conference in San Diego.  NCIO composed and financed a leaflet warning against “black box” investments similar to the “teaser” that the Bank of Montreal prepared to lure unwitting investment in the Oakland Bulk and Oversized coal ...

Fossil Fuel Execs lobbying to overturn Oakland coal ban

As reported by Darwin BondGraham in the UK's The Guardian this morning, fossil fuel executives have been lobbying hard and pouring thousands of dollars into spin-doctoring their attempts to ship toxic Utah coal to Asia via the proposed, but now leaseless, Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal on the city's waterfront, near the foot of the Bay Bridge. From BondGraham's article, "How fossil fuel execs lobbied black leaders to overturn a California city’s coal ban": Last spring, an unusual meeting took place in Oakland, California, between the NFL star Marshawn Lynch and fossil fuel company executives who are seeking to build a marine terminal that ...

Climate Justice activists demand closure of U.S. concentration camps for migrants and refugees

August 2019 is a "Month of Momentum": thirty days of protest at the San Francisco office of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). On each day of the month, a different community of Bay Area residents and activists has committed to protest during the noon hour at the ICE office, at 630 Sansome St. in San Francisco. Climate Justice activists from throughout the Bay Area took our turn on Monday, August 5th. Activists across the progressive spectrum are demanding that the U.S. government's concentration camps (a.k.a. "detention centers") be shuttered; insisting that the U.S. immediately stop separating children from their families and caretakers ...

Planning Commission delays recommendation on Richmond Coal ordinance

The challenges of just transition played out dramatically at the Richmond Planning Commission on July 18.  The commission was considering a proposal to recommend that the City Council adopt an ordinance phasing out the use of the Richmond Levin Terminal (RLT) for storage and handling of coal and petroleum coke (pet coke). The meeting chambers filled to overflowing, with environmental activists outnumbered by members of the building trades unions.  Dozens of people spoke passionately about the health impacts of these commodities; and others, equally passionately, about the threat of losing their jobs—the familiar divide. After 11 pm the commission ...

Coal Miner Pays Visit to East Bay: “Putting the ‘Just’ in the Just Energy Transition”

Nick Mullins, a former underground coal miner whose family has lived in Appalachia for generations, spoke in the East Bay about the desperate conditions in those communities, helping us understand their hostility toward environmentalists and their support for Trump.  He emphasized the importance of respecting local experience and leadership and focused on the absolute priority of jobs in a mono-economy where life is tightly controlled by the coal industry. Nick, who is on a seven-week tour of the United States, spoke at both the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center in Richmond and the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United office in ...

Court Puts Developers’ Quest for Damages on Hold

Second Lawsuit Stalls as Court of Appeal Weighs Anti-SLAPP Motion An Alameda County Superior court judge has issued a stay of developer Phil Tagami’s lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in damages against the City of Oakland and a reinstatement of the terminal’s lease which Oakland terminated in November.  The case will be on hold until the California Court of Appeal can decide whether the lawsuit is barred by California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute.  The stay could last as long as two years as the Court of Appeal reviews the City’s argument that the lawsuit is a disguised attack on speech and petitioning protected by the First Amendment of the ...

Planning Commission considering steps to stop Port of Richmond coal

The City of Richmond may soon take steps to stop the handling of coal and petroleum coke (known as pet coke) at the Port of Richmond. Richmond’s Planning Commission will consider the Richmond Coal Ordinance at a hearing we expected on June 20 which will be held on Thursday, July 19. WHAT: No Coal in Richmond rally & Richmond Planning Commission hearing WHEN: Thursday, July 18: rally & press conference 5:30, Planning Commission 6:30 WHERE: Richmond City Hall steps, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond CA 94804 (more info) Coal in Richmond The Levin-Richmond Terminal has shipped many different commodities over the years.  ...

SF Baykeeper Honors No Coal in Oakland With Blue Rivet Award

San Francisco Baykeeper presented No Coal in Oakland with a Blue Rivet Award at their annual dinner on March 3.

Richmond City Council aims to phase out coal shipment

On December 18, the Richmond City Council took its first step toward ending the shipment of coal and petroleum coke (pet coke) through the city. These toxic commodities are shipped overseas from the privately-owned Richmond Levin terminal. The Richmond City Council is considering legislation to phase out and ultimately end the use of the terminal for coal and pet coke. At the council meeting yesterday, about a dozen people spoke in support and no one spoke in opposition to an initial draft of the legislation. Councilmembers voted unanimously to submit the proposed ordinance to the city attorney for review. The proposed ordinance would prevent ...