Laurie Jean Manning 
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Re: “Coal Money Divides Oakland's Churches

The “Golden Rule” teaches us to care about our neighbors.  Who doesn’t care about the kid down the street breathing dirty air? As Flint has made us all aware, environmental toxins particularly impact poor children of color. West Oakland has many parallels. This is a local health issue The children of West Oakland are already contending with fumes & noise from the heavy volume of diesel trucks & other pollution from the Port. What if it were your children?  
 
It’s a bad investment for Oakland, for the short term and the long term.  The demand for coal and the coal industry are rapidly failing. Why would Oakland want to invest, even in the short term, as major coal companies are going bankrupt? Increasingly, there are good financial arguments about renewable energy. In many states, renewables are cheaper than fossil fuel. The second line of defense from the fossil fuel industry is denial, and the first line of defense is money – it’s going to cost us too much. However, as Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize economist, has recently noted, “fossil fuels are the way of past, renewables are way in the future – if we care about the future, we care about switching.” Rev Laurie Manning, Skyline UCC church in Oakland

Posted by Laurie Jean Manning on 02/12/2016 at 8:18 PM

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