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Stop Big Oil! Hell No on Prop 23 Rally in Mountain View
by Mei Bo Chan
Saturday Sep 11th, 2010 3:27 PM
Passage of Proposition 23 this November would be a big blow to our attempts to control global warming, so folks are having rallies against the proposition. This one was at the Valero station near El Camino and Grant in Mountain View. Valero Energy Corp. has contributed millions of dollars to help get the proposition on the ballot, and they'll probably flood the state with money to try to get it passed.

Photos by Mei Bo Chan and Jack Owicki. Top photo by Mei Bo Chan.

Valero calls Prop 23 the California Jobs Initiative. We call it the Dirty Energy Proposition.

There is no connection between greenhouse gas emission reduction and the loss of jobs. In fact, there is job GROWTH in the clean, renewable energy industry. PROP 23, IF PASSED would make fantastic profits for the oil industry, BUT NOT CREATE JOBS. it would increase air pollution, especially in communities around refineries. And just since when did the oil companies start to show any concern for the unemployed and their families? They want to protect their profits first and foremost.

We want to crush Proposition 23 and show the country and the world that California won't let corporations write our laws OR decide our climate future. Depending on the outcome of the election this fall, our state will either be the world’s leader in the fight against global warming, or it could become the latest casualty in corporate takeover of government.

About 30 people demonstrated in Mountain View at a Valero gas station near Grant Rd. today; meanwhile a slightly smaller demo took place in Palo Alto. Activists carried signs including one that said:
Valero, Don't Mess with Calfornia!

The Raging Grannies were on hand in Mountain View along with Palo Alto and San Jose Unitarians for environmental justice and other local citizens. More rallies are planned. Watch the indybay calendar and sign up for email alerts at website listed here. Bay Area rallies scheduled in Berkeley, Mountain View, Oakland, Palo Alto, San Rafael and more.


§Talking to drivers at the pumps
by Mei Bo Chan Saturday Sep 11th, 2010 3:27 PM

Explaining why they should boycott Valero gas stations and asking that they vote No on Prop 23
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§On the corner
by Mei Bo Chan Saturday Sep 11th, 2010 3:27 PM
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photo by Jack Owicki
§Raging Grannies led chants
by Mei Bo Chan Saturday Sep 11th, 2010 3:27 PM
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What do Grannies Fear the Most?
With Global Warming We'll be Toast!

Should polluters just go Free?
we say no --stop twenty three!

photo by Jack Owicki
§another chant, but hey, what's up with the box head?
by Mei Bo Chan Saturday Sep 11th, 2010 3:27 PM

Ahh, it's the vet with solar powered radio! See next photo
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§Top view of solar-powered radio
by Mei Bo Chan Saturday Sep 11th, 2010 3:27 PM

That's a Veteran for Peace (Chapter 101) making a sign at Valero and wearing his solar powered radio on his head.
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§Seeking shade at the bus stop in front of the gas station...
by Mei Bo Chan Saturday Sep 11th, 2010 3:27 PM
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...carrying on with chants.
Want to save the polar bear? On election day BE THERE!
Jack Owicki
§Cars go by
by Mei Bo Chan Saturday Sep 11th, 2010 3:27 PM
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Jack Owicki
§Citizens unite!
by Mei Bo Chan Saturday Sep 11th, 2010 3:27 PM

MBC

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Earl Richards
Saturday Sep 11th, 2010 4:25 PM
The California Jobs Initiative (CJI) is an oil corporation farce and fraud. There is no connection, whatsoever, between greenhouse gas emission reduction and the loss of jobs. This notion is an insult to the intelligence of the people of California. In fact, there is job growth in the clean, renewable energy industry. Chevron employs 65,000 worldwide and CJI is not going to change this. The only jobs created by the oil industry are clean-up jobs after oil spills and deep water, blow-outs and pump-handler jobs. CJI will make fantastic profits for the oil industry, increase air pollution, especially in communities around their refineries, and there will not be lower gas prices. Koch Industries, Valero and Tesoro are super Enrons. Since when did the oil companies start to show any concern for the unemployed and their families?