Signs in support of the Phillips 66 rail spur project are now on South County roads. These green signs state, “Protect Jobs” with links to @ProtectSLOJobs. Despite implications that refinery jobs will be lost, there are no reports of layoffs at the refinery. Nor has it been shown that the pipelinebased facility is unprofitable. No organization takes responsibility for the signs.
If the company’s backers are claiming unprofitability and future job loss, Phillips 66 should make the facility’s financial statement public record. Otherwise, this sign campaign is just a “scare tactic” lacking credibility. For countless reasons previously noted in your newspaper, this polluting project is anything but the green color of the signs, except for increased company profits, and does not “protect” San Luis Obispo County.
California law mandates much more energy efficiency in the next decade. New technologies will move away from the fossil fuels that cause devastating climate change. This rail spur is therefore shortsighted new infrastructure. If Phillips 66 wants to protect jobs, the company might think about new energy infrastructure on their site that would replace jobs that might become lost via obsolescence of a small, lessthan-full-service refinery within years of completion of their proposed project.
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