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Chevron’s Leading Critics From Brazil to Ecuador Expose Oil Giant's Abuses

Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

San Francisco, CA – At a press conference today, labor and community leaders from Brazil, Ecuador, Nigeria, Angola, California and Texas revealed the true cost of Chevron’s operations in the places where they live. 

They will take their message to Chevron’s annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, May 30 where they will make clear that those paying the price for Chevron’s profits will no longer tolerate or subsidize its bad corporate citizenship and negligent, risky and dangerous operations. 

Chevron’s Shareholder Meeting Moment of Truth

Release Date: 
Thursday, May 24, 2012

The True Cost of Chevron.com

Media Advisory

May 29: 9am pst Tele Press Conference & 6pm Teach-In

(800) 862-9098; (785) 424-1051 Conference ID: RAINFOREST

May 30: 8am pst Shareholder Revolt and Mass Public Protest

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Bob Weir Joins Vinyl at Sweetwater

When a co-owner of the venue you're playing at is one of the Bay Area's most famous musicians and he offers to join you on stage, you simply nod your head and hang on tight.

The result for attendees of the Rainforest Action Network's benefit show Wednesday night at the Sweetwater Music Hall were horn-laden, funky versions of the Grateful Dead's "Turn on Your Lovelight" and rock classics “Little Red Rooster” and “All Along The Watchtower" by Bay Area area funk band Vinyl and Dead co-founder, Mill Valley resident and Sweetwater co-owner Bob Weir.

Mill Valley Patch
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Amazonian Tribes Launch Water Project Amidst Legal Battle

Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Innovative direct relief project to provide drinking water to thousands in Ecuador

Actor Campbell Scott endorses water project, narrates ClearWater video

SAN FRANCISCO— After decades of health issues and legal battles, indigenous communities in the Ecuadorean Amazon have joined with humanitarian and environmental groups to launch ClearWater, a locally led effort to provide clean water to impacted communities. 

EPA Palm Oil Fight Brewing

The EPA's analysis looked at the loss of rainforest and the draining of peatlands as the big net loss for palm-oil based biodiesel, which keeps the fuel from being classed as renewable under the RFS. However one group - the Rainforest Action Network - claims that EPA hasn't gone far enough. Scientific and environmental groups summarized their comments to EPA's proposed finding and while they agreed with EPA's conclusion, they argue that EPA's analysis actually underestimates the greenhouse gas emissions of palm oil.

Farm Futures
Monday, April 30, 2012

EPA Underestimates Emissions from Palm-Based Biofuels

Scientific and environmental groups announced that they will submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to EPA’s proposed finding that palm oil should not qualify for inclusion in the EPA’s Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) this morning.  While the organizations, including the Union of Concerned Scientists, World Wildlife Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the National Wildlife Federation, agreed with the EPA’s conclusion not to include palm oil, they argued that EPA’s analysis actually underestimates the greenhouse gas emissions of palm oil

Triple Pundit
Friday, April 27, 2012

Green groups challenge EPA on palm oil

A consortium of environmental groups said that, while they agreed with the findings, the EPA underestimated the emissions levels. They said they believe palm oil has serious environmental consequences.

"The emissions of palm oil based biofuels substantially exceed the emissions from conventional petroleum diesel," Jeremy Martin, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a statement.

UPI.com
Thursday, April 26, 2012

ALEC Pressures EPA to Designate Palm Oil As Renewable Fuel

Based on its analysis, the EPA ruled that biofuels made with palm oil do not meet the greenhouse gas requirements of the US renewable fuels mandate. 

The 2007 Renewable Fuel Standard requires that biofuels reduce net greenhouse gas emissions at least 20% compared to conventional gasoline and diesel over their lifecycle. Safeguards to protect natural ecosystems from biofuel crop production were also included.

ALEC, along with palm oil producers in Indonesia and Malaysia, are pushing back hard, claiming EPA's conclusion is based on faulty data.

sustainablebusiness.com
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Palm oil industry lobbies EPA to reverse palm oil biofuel findings

Wilmar International, the world's largest palm oil processor and trader, has hired a major lobbying firm to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's ruling that palm oil-based biodiesel will not meet greenhouse gas emissions standards under America's Renewable Fuels Standard, reports The Hill.

mongabay.com
Thursday, April 26, 2012