Toxic Relationship 

How refineries affect climate change and racial and economic injustice

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Calls for these ambitious programs raise the obvious question of where the money will come from. Oil Change International says the state should charge oil companies a "just transition fee based on the value of their oil production." Karras suggests a similar principle, which could also be applied on a local or state level: "Make the polluters pay." He pointed to a federal program that required nuclear power plants to "pay up front into a trust fund to clean up the whole mess—environmental and economic" that they would leave behind when they close.

The important thing—the reason for issuing this report—Karras said, is to "start the conversation. To say, 'we have to do this,' and start talking about it. We will have to figure out how."

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