The Redwood Chapter contends with climate change, works for sustainable communities, and defends land, water and wildlife from the Bay Area to the Oregon border, while creating opportunities for the exploration and enjoyment of nature.
Late in the evening of Thursday February 11 a unanimous vote of the Benicia Planning Commission derailed Valero Refining Company’s plans to construct a rail terminal at its Benicia refinery to receive trains carrying highly toxic and explosive crude oil. The proposal would have resulted in several mile-long oil trains rolling through dozens of California communities -- including downtown Sacramento -- nearly every day.
by Victoria Brandon, Redwood Chapter Chair
As has been discussed in previous editions of the Redwood Needles, the Sierra Club thinks the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) mega- trade deal risks unacceptable environmental impacts both in this country and abroad. The more we learn about the details of this treaty, the graver those concerns become.
A very recent development has racheted up the anxiety level still higher.
by Shirley Johnson-Foell, Sonoma Group Climate and Energy Chair, and
Tom Roth, Redwood Chapter Excom
When our planet’s diplomats at the 21st U.N. Conference of the Parties in Paris put the final touches on an agreement to combat climate change on December 11th, some in Sonoma County proudly recalled the small part they played to bring us to that historic point. Symbolically as well as in actual fact, they “got on the bus” to demand strong, significant climate policies.