West Coast Deals Four Major Blows to Big Oil

October 7, 2016

Fighting oil companies and the railroads is no easy thing, but in 2 months there was a win — then another — then another — then another.

From southern California to northern Washington, communities along the West Coast have dealt four massive blows to the fossil fuel industry. Taken separately, each of these announcements represents years of work and tens of thousands of people refusing to put the health and safety of their families, communities and our climate at risk.

Collectively, these decisions — which came in rapid succession — represent a shift in the acceptability of expanding fossil fuel infrastructure along our coast. Put simply, people are no longer willing to let the oil industry decide their future, to pollute their communities, to poison their bodies, and to irreparably harm our climate by building new fossil fuel infrastructure.