Excerpt from: CREDO Action
Tesoro-Savage is trying to build the largest oil train terminal in the country in Washington state, to export oil overseas. With Congress lifting the ban on crude exports, the Tesoro-Savage terminal would be a huge blow to the climate. It’s vital that activists across the country speak out.
This week, Congress gave Big Oil a huge holiday gift: lifting the four-decades-old ban on crude oil exports.1 With the ink still drying on the landmark Paris climate agreement, this is a significant setback that could promote U.S. drilling and increase carbon emissions.
That makes it more important than ever to stop the next step in Big Oil’s plans: building huge terminals to export more crude overseas, like the massive Tesoro-Savage oil train terminal proposed in Vancouver, Washington.
Tesoro-Savage would be the largest oil-by-rail facility in North America,2 shipping up to 360,000 barrels per day of crude to be burned across the world — making the project nearly half the size of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Washington officials are now taking public comments on the plan. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has shown strong climate leadership, and it’s vital to let him know that people in Washington, and across the country are standing against this project.
- Tesoro-Savage’s 360,000 barrels per day of crude would be carried across the country from North Dakota to Washington in dangerous, explosive oil trains, posing a huge risk to public safety every step of the way to the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean.
And the damage to the climate affects all of us. Once massive oil infrastructure projects like pipelines and export terminals have been built, they keep running for decades. But when we stop them, we can help keep carbon in the ground.3
- In Paris, the world signaled a historic consensus on moving away from fossil fuels. The last thing Governor Jay Inslee or the United States should do is allow oil companies to hijack that agreement by keeping the world market hooked on the oil that poses an existential threat to all of us.
Speak out against the Tesoro-Savage oil train terminal before the January 22 deadline. Go to CREDO Action to submit a public comment now.
Thanks for taking action.
Elijah Zarlin, Director of Climate Campaigns
CREDO Action from Working Assets
Learn more about this campaign:
“Big Oil Companies Can’t Wait For Repeal of U.S. Export Ban,” Newsweek, 12/18/15
“Port of Vancouver Proposal,” Columbia Riverkeeper
“A Convenient Lie: Why Fossil Fuel Supply Matters for the Climate,” Oil Change International, 9/3/15
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