Rainforest Action Network sent clean-up crews to all 10 Chevron gas stations in the city of San Francisco on October 10th, 2010 in conjunction with 350.org’s 10/10/10 Global Work Party, which took place in 183 countries worldwide. The Chevron clean-up crews were highlighting the company’s unprecedented oil catastrophe in Ecuador and its continued obstruction of climate change initiatives here in California.
Chevron, California’s largest corporation, has come under heavy scrutiny recently for remaining neutral on California’s Proposition 23, which would overturn the state’s landmark climate bill (AB 32) and strike a blow to clean energy investments nationwide.
"In order to get to work on climate solutions, we must confront the polluters who have made it their business to obstruct climate legislation and keep the country dangerously addicted to fossil fuels," said Rebecca Tarbotton, the executive director of Rainforest Action Network. “From California to Ecuador, Chevron is recklessly polluting communities, fighting regulation and standing in the way of the clean energy future we need and want.”
All San Francisco Chevron stations were temporarily “closed for oil spill clean up,” and there was a major “clean-up” at one of Chevron’s largest Bay Area gas stations at 1298 Howard Street in downtown San Francisco at noon. At the Howard Street station, activists risked arrest by blocking all entrances to the pumps with giant banners and warning signs reading “Closed for cleaning due to oil spills and climate pollution,” while other activists were physically cleaning the station.
“Chevron gas stations are the public face of one of the largest and dirtiest oil companies,” said Maria Lya Ramos, campaign director at Rainforest Action Network. “Four days ago, Chevron CEO John Watson refused to comment on Prop 23. Remaining silent on Prop 23 only reaffirms Chevron’s obstructive stance toward clean energy solutions in California. Chevron would rather watch from the sideline than help California lead the way toward a clean energy economy.”
For a report from the front lines go here.