I haven't met Greg Garland, CEO of Phillips 66. I don't know if he has kids, and if he does, I don't know what he tells them about the world. But I know he has a plan, one I'm not sure how to explain to my own children, to ship tar sands crude oil by rail through my town.
As a mom, this is in no way OK with me. These oil trains spill poisons, leak toxins into the air, and contribute to the climate chaos my kids will be dealing with their entire lives.
In June, the Oakland City Council took an admirable stand against oil trains coming through our city. But now Phillips 66 proposes an expansion of its facility 250 miles south of here, that would bring a mile-long toxic train every day past our homes and schools.
It's up to the San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors to decide whether to allow that.