Join an ongoing discussion of ideas and strategies at the next meeting of the community group working to end the increasing coal exports from the Levin-Richmond terminal. There have been recent, exciting developments on this front, including a new ordinance proposed by the mayor requiring containment of open piles of coal and pet coke. The ordinance was approved at the May 22 Richmond City Council meeting. There are many more steps to be taken, so come take part in the strategizing.
Thanks to the falling price of clean energy and the commitment of activists around the U.S., the coal industry is in retreat. We’ve retired 259 coal plants in seven years—that’s one plant retired every eleven days. And more than 3 million people currently work in the clean energy economy, which now employs more people than fossil fuels in almost every state in the country. Sadly, however, Bay Area communities still have coal trains running through them. As the proposed ordinance recognizes, there are huge, uncovered piles of dirty coal sitting right next to our Bay at the Levin-Richmond Terminal, covering the city of Richmond with toxic dust. The Richmond terminal is one of the last three ports left in the state to export the dirty fossil fuel—and California doesn’t even use coal power.