Bravo to those involved in this peaceful protest. Rachel painted well the dark brush strokes of what aging refineries look like.
In addition to those living near the refinery, Gary Pace and his children deserve much gratitude, a local Sonoma County healh professional who is able to project out what the near/long term might look like without intervention.
I grew up in and then worked for a brief period in the petrochemical industry. Another career took me away for a long time but I found myself recently creating a natural gas production reporting system (Exxon/Mobile) and software for oil/gas pipeline inspection equipment (GE)
My observations are that the "Separate Oil and State" mantra is crucial now to open up space for not just renewables but also energy efficiency across the consumption/conservation spectrum.
Too much of our financial, R&D, public health, and opportunity resources are still devoted to, and supporting forms of energy that without doubt have become problematic in many ways.
It will take longer to create localized distributed energy systems than it did to create the smartphone ecosystem, but it's happening. The evidence is everywhere and indisputable.
There is no shame in having the US become a prime mover in this energy transition, much less so than having been one of the worlds highest per capita consumers.
With the emerging electric car market, the increased use of residential high efficient hvac systems, solar installations, energy audits, changes in local government land use and energy policy, etc. change can be fun and without sacrificing anything except an old way of doing business.
Thank you Rachel for your courage to cover this topic.
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