In Richmond, CA, a majority people of color city, residents have long suffered from environmental pollution, particularly from a massive Chevron oil refinery, and from high unemployment. The Asian Pacific Environmental Network and Communities for a Better Environment are leading the local Our Power Campaign to tackle both problems and build a more healthy and sustainable Richmond. Initially, they are working on policies to prohibit Chevron and other companies from refining dirty grades of oil, like tar sands. Second, they are taking advantage of California’s Community Choice energy policy to push for investment in local, renewable energy projects that will create jobs for Richmond residents and help build a cleaner, more equitable economy.
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