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Billions of dollars of private capital and public investment are covering a massive international bet on CCUS, the fast-emerging technologies of carbon capture, utilization, and storage currently being promoted as the means to planetary salvation. State, federal, and global entities ranging from the California Air Resources Board to the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Agency all endorse CCUS as a necessary means of net-zeroing carbon emissions. Carbon capture has equally captured the imagination and endorsement of multiple Big Green organizations. But many in the environmental justice movement reject CCUS as a “false solution,” embracing the insight of poet Audre Lorde that “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”
Join us at the next Sunflower Alliance monthly meeting for an in-depth examination of the feasibility, costs, and real-life impacts of the rush to adopt CCUS. How can we as activists impact policy in the coming legislative season and at the California Air resources Board? We are excited to announce the following speakers:
*Danny Cullenward, Policy Director at CarbonPlan. He’s an energy economist and lawyer focused on the design and implementation of scientifically grounded climate policy. He holds a JD and PhD from Stanford University, where he teaches classes on energy law and climate policy.
*Kathy McAfee, Professor of International Relations at San Francisco State University, teaches political economy and environmental policy. Her current research concerns “selling nature to save it” through market-based and alternative responses to unsustainable growth and global warming: carbon trading, payments for ecosystem services, forest conservation in the tropics, and climate justice.
*Kathy Dervin, Co-Chair of the 350 Bay Area Action Legislative Team, is a veteran climate justice activist and state policy expert, with decades of professional service on the Climate and Health Team in the Office of Health Equity for the California Department of Public Health.
*Martha Dina Arguello, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles. For the past 32 years, Martha has served in the non-profit sector as an advocate, community organizer, and coalition builder. She joined PSR-LA in 1998 to launch the environmental health programs, and became Executive Director in November 2007.
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