Refinery Explosion Demonstrates Need for Clean Energy

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Target: U.S. Congress

Goal: Prioritize the protection of our health and the environment by investing in clean energy

A few days ago, the third-largest Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California exploded and burst into flames, causing toxic clouds to spread over the San Francisco Bay Area. More than 350 residents have been treated for respiratory problems and excessive vomiting. The long-term effects of breathing in the toxic chemicals are yet to be determined, but will surely be complicated.

The most recent refinery incident demonstrates the long-overdue need for the U.S. to invest in clean energy. All the people of this country deserve clean air and water, not chemical clouds that cause adverse health effects strong enough to require hospitalization. Yet a report released by Rep. Henry Waxman, member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Rep. Edward Markey, a member of the Committee on Natural Resources, demonstrates that the current 112th Congress has passed the most anti-environmental legislation in favor of campaign contributions from oil and gas corporations.

In response to the Richmond refinery fire, a Chevron spokesperson apologized for “inconveniencing our neighbors.” Causing hundreds of people to become violently ill is much more than an “inconvenience.” To add salt to the wound, Chevron continues to insist the refinery is safe, refusing to acknowledge that this is the fifth incident of its kind. Other incidents in 1993, 1999, 2006 and 2007 sent thousands of people to the hospital. Chevron’s attitude towards the fire and its history of past incidents makes it clear that the oil giant is not willing to prioritize people’s health or the environment. This is exactly why we need the government to step in and pass strong environmental legislation that promotes clean energy.

Whether it’s the most recent fire or last month’s pipeline spills, communities and families in the U.S. have had enough of the fossil fuel industry dominating the legislative process to make a profit at the expense of our health and our environment. Sign the petition below to demand that Members of Congress prioritize people and our country’s natural heritage in legislation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Member of Congress,

A few days ago, the third-largest Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California exploded and burst into flames, causing toxic clouds to spread over the San Francisco Bay Area. More than 350 residents have been treated for respiratory problems and excessive vomiting. The long-term effects of breathing in the toxic chemicals are yet to be determined, but will surely be complicated.

The most recent refinery incident demonstrates the long-overdue need for the U.S. to invest in clean energy. All the people of this country deserve clean air and water, not chemical clouds that cause adverse health effects strong enough to require hospitalization. Yet a report released by Rep. Henry Waxman and Rep. Edward Markey demonstrates that this Congress has passed the most anti-environmental legislation in favor of campaign contributions from oil and gas corporations.

In response to the Richmond refinery fire, a Chevron spokesperson apologized for “inconveniencing our neighbors.” Causing hundreds of people to become violently ill is much more than an “inconvenience.” To add salt to the wound, Chevron continues to insist the refinery is safe, refusing to acknowledge that this is the fifth incident of its kind. Other incidents in 1993, 1999, 2006 and 2007 sent thousands of people to the hospital. Chevron’s attitude towards the fire and its history of past incidents makes it clear that the oil giant is not willing to prioritize people’s health or the environment. This is exactly why we need you to step in and pass strong environmental legislation that promotes clean energy.

Whether it’s the most recent fire or last month’s pipeline spills, communities and families in the U.S. have had enough of the fossil fuel industry dominating the legislative process to make a profit at the expense of our health and our environment. I implore that you prioritize people and our country’s natural heritage in legislation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. They don’t care, as long as they are raking in the money and paying Washington to overlook it.

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