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Bike rally, program target energy policy

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From page A12 | September 17, 2013 | 2 Comments

Yolano Climate Action, in conjunction with 350.org, is holding a Davis-style event on Saturday to urge President Obama to concentrate his energy policy on sustainable energy and leave the tar sands in the ground “where they belong,” a news release said.

Individuals and families are invited to meet on the patio steps facing the Central Park green, near the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, at 9 a.m. Saturday for a 4-mile ride through city streets that will feature an effigy of a tar sands train riding atop bicycle trailers. Signs and other forms of creative expression are encouraged.

At the Farmers Market, shoppers can stop by the Yolano Climate Action table to sign a pledge to fight climate disruption by going carless and meatless one more day a week than at present. Visitors also can sign up for the listserv to receive email action alerts. Or they can ask about topics like the railroad tankers of tar sands oil traveling through Davis to Bay Area refineries or Citizens Climate Lobby and its proposed carbon tax.

At the end of the ride at 11 a.m. on the Rotary Stage in Central Park, Matt Biers-Ariel, author of “Bar Mitzvah and The Beast: One Family’s Cross-Country Ride of Passage by Bike,” will address the 350.org call to action and biking as a way to avoid fossil fuel consumption.

Anya McCann will introduce Davis Meatless Mondays and Kerry Daane Loux will share the range of climate solutions at the Cool Davis Festival, set for Saturday, Oct. 12.

For more information, email Biers-Ariel at ariel@dcn.org.

Enterprise staff

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  • Rich RifkinSeptember 17, 2013 - 3:16 pm

    "Urge President Obama to concentrate his energy policy on sustainable energy and leave the tar sands in the ground 'where they belong,' a news release said." ...... I assume everyone knows this is complete nonsense. (Of course, almost all environmental activism has no association with facts or truth.) We in the United States don't have (in any appreciable quantity) bituminous tar sands. So there is nothing President Obama can do to keep this oil in the ground. It's not our decision to make. ...... The country which has huge amounts of bituminous sands is Canada--mostly in Alberta. All of the environmental wreckage caused by extracting the oil from the sand--be it strip mining or injecting steam, solvents, caustic soda and/or hot air into the deposits to make the petroleum flow to the surface--is being done in Canada. Insofar as some of this crude is refined in Texas or elsewhere in the United States, there is no greater environmental harm caused in the U.S. as a consequence of its origins as tar sands. If it were not refined here, it would be refined in Canada or in some other country which uses petroleum products. ...... "Ask about topics like the railroad tankers of tar sands oil traveling through Davis to Bay Area refineries." ...... It is true that this crude is being transported, of late, by rail. This costs more than a pipeline and the chances of an accident are much greater than with a pipeline. Unfortunately, the same activists who are meeting in Davis in order to pretend they are doing something good have been, up to now, successful in stopping a pipeline from Canada. If a pipeline were built, we would all be better off than we are with railroads moving the crude. But, again, the crude itself poses no greater environmental threat to us due to its origins as tar sands than the crude which is extracted conventionally in Bakersfield or Los Angeles.

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  • tbSeptember 18, 2013 - 12:41 am

    Actually, there’s quite a bit Obama can do. I seem to remember reading about oil co. executives who said they would have to reduce the extent of their future mining activity if they didn’t get more pipeline capacity. Apparently they’re limited in how much they can build going west by internal politics. The Keystone pipeline is supposed to move a significant portion of production, relieve a bottleneck, and access new markets via the Gulf. So the US has a choice either to facilitate expansion of the destructive mining in Alberta by approving the pipeline, or deny it and slow down the mining activity. Depending on future events and politics, stopping the pipeline now could mean large swaths of the region are never exploited that would be if the pipeline is built now. Not just a feel good measure at all.

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