No Coal Activists Voice Cautious Optimism After Ninth Circuit Hearing

'Port of Oakland 'Round Midnight' | Russell Mondy CC BY NC 2.0
After a packed Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals hearing Tuesday, No Coal in Oakland activists are cautiously optimistic that the court will overturn District Court Judge Vince Chhabria’s May 2018 decision concluding that the City of Oakland breached its contract with developers.

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

Youth vs Apocalypse organized an emergency action at Oscar Grant Plaza on 7 Nov 2019 in response to revelations that coal company executives are trying to lobby and buy off members of the African American community in their attempt to poison Oakland with a toxic coal terminal. Photo credit: Francesca Cunningham.
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 ...

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

Black Box representing "black-box investments" leaking oil
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 ...

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Fossil Fuel Execs lobbying to overturn Oakland coal ban

Photo credit: Edward Kimmel via Wikimedia Commons. Image from the 2017 Climate March in Washington DC used in this article, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0.
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 ...

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

Climate Justice activists at 630 Sansome St., San Francisco, offices of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in San Francisco. Photo: Steve Nadel.
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 ...

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Planning Commission delays recommendation on Richmond Coal ordinance

Rally before the Richmond Planning Commission meeting, 2019-07-18 (photo: Steve Nadel)
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 ...

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

“Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice”
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 ...

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Court Puts Developers’ Quest for Damages on Hold

Appeal Road Sign by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images
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 ...

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Planning Commission considering steps to stop Port of Richmond coal

Coal Train photographed from Carlson Blvd in Richmond, California. Photo credit: Sierra Club.
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 ...

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Utah Coal Company’s $53 Million Money Grab for the Oakland (or Ensenada!) Coal Terminal

Port of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
For two years, $53 million of public funds have been sitting in limbo in Utah while the City of Oakland’s ban on coal is being tested in the courts. Utah legislation is designed to free up the money for developers of a coal export terminal, but will it be in Oakland or in Baja California?

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