Letter to the Editor

Dangerous project

San Luis ObispoJanuary 29, 2014 

The Phillips 66 Refinery rail project would be a dangerous addition to the community and represents the continuation of short-term gains for the few over longterm gains for the many. In 2013 alone, there were no fewer than 10 large oil rail accidents in the United States and Canada with well over 1 million gallons spilled. Add to that the 47 people who lost their lives in Québec when an oil train exploded taking out much of the town. The National Transportation Safety Board notes that the inadequate design of tank cars made them “subject to damage and catastrophic loss of hazardous materials.”

The International Energy Agency and the U.S. Energy Department agree that shale oil is only a temporary respite from our reliance on foreign oil for our energy needs. While at the same time, Mark Jacobson of Stanford, has demonstrated that it is absolutely possible to use 100 percent renewable sources of energy by 2030. What the citizens of this county and this country deserve is a viable future that includes clean energy jobs that can sustain their families for today and for years to come.

This is a true win-win.

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