“Ban Coal Now!” Yard Signs: Help Oakland Say No To Coal!

Oakland needs you to put up a "Ban Coal Now!" yard sign. As the City Council's June 27th vote approaches let's show council members, Mayor Schaaf, and our neighbors that 92% opposition to a coal export terminal found by State Senator Loni Hancock in a recent survey was and remains Oakland's final answer. Our communities -- especially in West Oakland -- have suffered too long and too deeply from highly-polluting transportation technology. Coal dust, a product of the dirtiest fossil fuel on Earth, would imperil the health of workers and endanger communities along ...

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Oakland doesn’t need an oil train disaster

The Lac-Mégantic oil train derailment disaster. Photo by Sûreté du Québec, via Wikimedia Commons.
Oakland's Mayor Schaaf and councilmembers' know how dangerous it would be to permit oil transport through a port surrounded by communities they were elected to protect and serve. NCIO provided them a partial list of tanker car spills and pipeline explosions that have occurred over the past three years.

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Jerry Brown Remains Silent on Coal as His Financial Ties to Developer Are Exposed

Edgewater Park Plaza
Jerry Brown has a six-figure investment in Edgewater Park Plaza, an East Oakland office park that is owned and managed by CCIG, the company leading the charge to transport dirty coal through Oakland. Despite his preening declaration that "90% of the coal must stay in the ground" at the Vatican and in Paris last year,  Jerry Brown is a "climate pretender," not the climate hawk he purports to be, say activists from No Coal in Oakland. Despite entreaties from Jesuit priests, health care providers, NCIO supporters,  the San Francisco Chronicle, and other opponents of ...

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City Council Sets June 27 Date for Vote on Coal

Mockup of an Ordinance
Above: Artist's rendition of an ordinance regulating coal. On May 3 the Oakland City Council took major steps towards adopting an ordinance relating to the threatened use of the Oakland Bulk and Oversize Terminal (OBOT) for storage and export of coal. The Council unanimously agreed to hold a first vote on a ordinance at a special meeting on Monday, June 27, starting at 5:00.  It will be the only item on the agenda.  Any ordinance must be voted upon at two separate meetings, and holding a first vote in June means the ban on coal sought by No Coal in Oakland could be ...

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Senator Loni Hancock: 92% of constituents oppose Oakland coal-export terminal

Northern California Climate Mobilization rally at Oakland City Hall, November 2015
California Senator Loni Hancock (District 9) reports that 92% of respondents to her office's survey oppose the proposed coal-export terminal in Oakland.

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11 East Bay Mayors Condemn Oakland Coal Plan

Coal train
Mayors of 11 East Bay cities have sent a letter to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and the Oakland City Council urging them not to allow coal to be shipped from a marine terminal under development at the former Oakland Army Base.

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Utah Gov. Signs Bill to Fund Oakland Coal Terminal

Coal
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert this week signed a bill appropriating $53 million in state money to fund construction of a coal export facility in Oakland. For over a year, Bowie Resource Partners, a Kentucky-based coal company with mines in central Utah, had been attempting to line up $53 million in the form of a loan to four counties from the Community Impact Board (CIB), an agency that disburses grants and loans to mitigate the impacts of extractive industries on federal land within their boundaries.  Such localities receive no tax revenues from federal land so the federal ...

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NCIO Rips Developer’s Op Ed Piece in S.F. Chronicle

No Coal in Oakland answers developer Mark McClure's misinformation-laden op ed piece published March 14 in the S.F. Chronicle.

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Health Care Leaders Speak Out Against Coal

A delegation of health care providers spoke at the Oakland City Council meeting on Tuesday.

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Coal’s Frontmen in Oakland: Who owns TLS?

Terminal Logistics Solutions (TLS), the newly created terminal operator hoping to ship millions of tons of coal annually through a new export facility in Oakland, may, in fact, be a subsidiary of Bowie Resource Partners LLC, the coal company whose Utah mines the terminal would serve, according to documents provided by Emery County, Utah, in response to a Sierra Club public records act request. An email from investment banker Jeffrey Holt to public officials in Utah in March 2015 reveals a bold plan to create TLS as part of "the business arrangement" between Bowie, four ...

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