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Oil on Rails

The Commonwealth Club

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

Oil on Rails

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Jess Dervin-Ackerman, Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter

Molly Samuel, Science Reporter, KQED FM

In the next two years the number of rail cars carrying oil into the Bay Area is forecast to increase 20-fold to 200,000. Though it’s known as one of the most environmentally friendly places in the country, the Bay Area is also among the top exporters of fossil fuels. Five refineries in the East Bay process heavy crude oil. Now they might be planning to import Canadian tar sands oil, which critics charge produces more greenhouse gas emissions than conventionally produced oil due to the energy required for extraction and processing. Demand from developing countries is high, and East Bay oil exports are a huge business.

How will an increase in railcar-transported oil impact the Bay Area economy and environment? Can California be a climate leader while getting increasingly involved with tar sands and other dirty fuels?

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. networking reception
Cost: $20 non-members, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
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The speakers and audience will be videotaped for future broadcast on the Climate One TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV.
This program is generously underwritten by The San Francisco Foundation. 

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The Commonwealth Club of California
595 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)


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