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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.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Mineral Extraction Financial Plan Subcommittee
    Joe Vinatieri, Bob Henderson
  • Whittier City Council
    Cathy Warner, Fernando Dutra
  • Mayor, City of Whittier
    Owen Newcomer
  • City Manager, City of Whittier
    Jeff Collier

Michael Medina Leyba started this petition with a single signature, and now has 50 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.