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Petitioning Mineral Extraction Financial Plan Subcommittee Joe Vinatieri, Bob Henderson and 3 others

Whittier City Council: Earmark 5% of oil royalties to invest in a greener future for Whittier.


Opening the Puente Hills for oil speculation seems like a good prospect for city coffers, but what are the long-term impacts that bringing an additional 1,000-10,000 barrels of crude up to the surface daily? Each barrel is equivalent to a tank of gasoline in a car, resulting in many metric tons of carbon dioxide to be released into our air. To counter this effect, we propose to use 5% of oil royalties (approximately $350,000-$5,750,000 per year, depending on yield) to reinvest in upgrading city-owned buildings to become energy-efficient, upgrading city-owned cars to decrease emissions, investing in renewable energy sources such as solar panels or wind turbines, setting aside for public park space purchase/ development, and investing in local public transit.

Letter to
Mineral Extraction Financial Plan Subcommittee Joe Vinatieri, Bob Henderson
Whittier City Council Cathy Warner, Fernando Dutra
Mayor, City of Whittier Owen Newcomer
and 1 other
City Manager, City of Whittier Jeff Collier
To counter the carbon generated by pumping thousands of barrels of crude to the surface,we propose to use 5% of oil/natural gas royalties (approximately $350,000-$5,750,000 per year, depending on yield) to reinvest in upgrading city-owned buildings to become energy-efficient, upgrading city-owned cars to decrease emissions, investing in renewable energy sources such as solar panels or wind turbines, setting aside for public park space purchase/ development, and investing in local public transit. Let's invest 5% in a greener Whittier.