Barbara Lee refuses support from coal developer Tagami

  • Barbara Lee (official photo)

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, representing California’s 13th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, including northern and western Alameda County, recently joined No Coal in Oakland’s pledge to refuse any support from coal developer Phil Tagami until he makes a legally binding commitment not to use Oakland’s proposed marine terminal for coal.

Congresswoman Lee is the most prominent candidate and elected official to endorse NCIO’s campaign so far. The pledges are intended to demonstrate to Phil Tagami that he is politically isolated as long as he pursues his coal project.

More than fifty office holders and candidates have signed the pledge, which states: “I will not accept any support, financial or otherwise, to my campaign or my political fundraising efforts from Phil Tagami until he enters into a legally binding contract not to ship coal through Oakland.” See our July article, Politicians Pledge to Refuse Support from Tagami for more information, and our complete list of politicians and candidates who have signed NCIO’s pledge.