Webinar #2: Phasing Out Fossil Fuels: A Just Transition in the Oil & Gas Drilling and Refining Sectors
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 10am to 11:30am
How do we transition away from fossil fuels while ensuring a just transition for workers? Speakers will discuss the current impacts of fossil fuel production on frontline communities and what needs to be done to address them, a plan for decommissioning California refineries, and the possibility of enacting a fracking ban. What does the clean energy future look like? Register Here!
Presenters: Ingrid Brostrom, Greg Karras, Gustavo Aguirre, Jr, and Steve Garey
Ingrid Brostrom is the Assistant Director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment based in Delano and Oakland, CA. She has legal and policy expertise in CRPE’s environmental justice practice areas: toxics, climate justice, and land-use, with an emphasis on hazardous waste, oil and gas, and Just Transition. Ingrid was a member of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) Community Protection and Hazardous Waste Reduction advisory committee and DTSC’s consultation group for Metal Shredding facilities. Ingrid is also a steering committee member of Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE). Ingrid has taught Environmental Justice at UC Berkeley College of the Law since 2015. Prior to joining CRPE in 2006, Ingrid worked at a variety of environmental non-profits focused on conservation issues.
Gustavo Aguirre Jr is a California native whose parents were farm workers and traveled from the coast to the desert following the seasonal crops. Gustavo engaged in grassroots community organizing and social justice in 2006 as a senior at Foothill High School in East Bakersfield. Gustavo helped organize a walkout in solidarity with high school students across the nation protesting aggressive immigration laws. Prior to joining CCEJN, Gustavo worked as an organizer in Arvin, CA with Global Community Monitoring. Since 2014 and with CCEJN, Gus has coordinated the IVAN Reporting Network in Kern County and has conducted environmental literacy workshops, as well as community science data-gathering projects. Gustavo has participated in various state panels including California Air Resources Board- Office of Community Air Protections – AB 617 Consultation group and Department of Conservations SB 83- Underground Injection Control review panel representing environmental justice communities in the Central Valley.
Greg Karras is an independent consultant with over 35 years of experience as a Senior Scientist for Communities for a Better Environment, providing technical research, analysis, and review of information regarding industrial health and safety investigation, pollution prevention engineering, pollutant releases into the environment, and potential effects of environmental pollutant accumulation and exposure.
He has extensive experience, knowledge, and expertise in the energy manufacturing sector, including petroleum refining, and in particular the refineries in the State of California. He has served as an expert for CBE and other non-profit groups in efforts to prevent pollution from oil refineries; to assess environmental health and safety impacts at refineries; to investigate alternatives to fossil fuel energy, and to improve environmental monitoring of dioxins and mercury. He has also served as an expert for the City/County of San Francisco and local groups in efforts to replace electric power plant technology with reliable, least-impact alternatives.
Steve Garey is a retired refinery worker that has spent 25 years working for both Shell and Tesoro in their refineries in Washington State. He served as President of United Steelworkers local 12-591 from 2010 until his retirement in 2015 representing workers in several refineries and related businesses. Steve represented west coast oil workers as a member of the National Oil Bargaining Rank and File Policy Committee during the oil strike in 2015. Since retiring he has served on the executive committee of the Washington State Blue Green Alliance and on the steering committee of the Climate Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy in Washington.
Webinar #3: Power Local – Community Energy Systems for Sustainability, Reliability and Equity
Involving local communities in how a more distributed energy system is planned and deployed so that it serves their residences and business is essential. We must use Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to keep critical facilities up and running during planned and unplanned outages, especially in low-income communities. This webinar will summarize the policies that we need to get to a more decentralized and resilient grid.
Webinar: #4: Clean Mobility – Driving to 2030 with Speed and Equity
This webinar will focus on mobility broadly defined. It will include experts on electric vehicles, public transit in the age of COVID, micromobility, and the policies that will transform the transportation sector.
Webinar #5: Natural Sequestration – The Key to Solving our Climate Crisis
It is not enough to reduce the carbon that we are putting in the atmosphere, we must also drawdown and sequester hundreds of millions of metric tons of carbon. This webinar will cover natural means of carbon sequestration through farming, ranching, habitat restoration, and discuss the prospects for a technological approach to sequestration.
Webinar #6: Funding Climate Action – A Bond and Beyond
We will not be able to achieve the decarbonizing of our economy at the speed required if we do not secure the funding to pay for the needed solutions outlined in this series. This could come from thoughtful taxes, fees, bonds, or other financial instruments, and policy that leverages large scale investment by private capital.
Webinar #7: Climate-Safe California Policy Summit
The series culminate with a 3 hour policy summit in which we will recap the lessons and proposals from the previous webinars, and dive deeply into the short term and long term strategy and policy solutions needed to accomplish Climate-Safe-California’s goals. A state senator will speak, there will be an update from the governor’s office, and key regulatory agencies will be represented.