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California is becoming the gas station of the Pacific Rim

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by Ann Alexander, NRDC


  • California has been importing more oil as its extraction in state has begun to wind down due to clean cars and fuel standards decreasing our need for oil
  • Many argue that the import of oil from other countries is worse than drilling in state
  • California has yet to pass a setback rule that bans having oil wells near homes and schools, making the argument that oil drilling in state is not any better than importing
  • Refineries are turning to imported crude oil not to meet consumer needs but to capitalize on exporting the refined products
  • A report by Communities for a Better Environment highlights the ways California’s refineries are blocking the state from reaching climate goals and polluting cities
  • California refineries now export more than 200,000 barrels of refined products per day
  • Though oil production levels have been declining, the refining sector has been increasing and growing their export markets
  • Refining uses mass amounts of energy and releases tons of toxic pollution

Fossil fuel divestment and the transition to 100% clean energy is critical to achieving The Climate Center’s goals under the Climate-Safe California Platform.

Read More: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/ann-alexander/ca-refineries-are-driving-our-addiction-oil-imports