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Documentary, discussion flesh out California’s energy debate

By From page A12 | April 23, 2013

“Climate Refugees,” a 90-minute documentary about the human and social upheavals stemming from environments made uninhabitable by climate change, will be screened next week in Davis. The multi-award-winning film will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St.

A discussion session will follow on California’s current energy debate. At issue is whether the state should further grow its oil industry because California sits on vast stores of gas and oil that can be extracted with newly developed hydrofracking techniques. There are promises of cheap, abundant fossil fuels and potential tax revenues from oil company profits.

Environmentalists argue that oil is a commodity sold to the highest bidder on the world market and question whether oil profits trickle down; they do not see merit in releasing yet more greenhouse gases. They question whether the state has the resources to adequately monitor environmental and public health safety from fracking.

The various bills before the state Legislature to regulate the oil companies or to place moratoriums or bans on fracking will be discussed. For more information, contact Mary M. Zhu with Take Back Our Democracy at [email protected].

Enterprise staff

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