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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, August 18, 2014

YES ON MEASURE P VOLUNTEERS OUT IN FORCE

YES ON MEASURE P VOLUNTEERS OUT IN FORCE
Local measure would cut dependence on fossil fuels, help move California into a cleaner, twenty-first-century energy economy.

Over 60 volunteers gathered at Alameda Park in Santa Barbara early Saturday morning to start canvassing and talking to voters about Measure P, an initiative on the November ballot that would ban water-intensive oil extraction methods — fracking, acidizing and steam injection — in Santa Barbara County.

Assemblyman Das Williams spoke to the gathering of volunteers pointing out that the heavy, polluting oil here is our version of the Canadian tarsands oil. “Canada was a leader in the move to transition to clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, until they started to produce the tarsands oil. Now they are part of the problem. Do we want that to happen to Santa Barbara County?”

Santa Barbara City Council member Gregg Hart announced his endorsement of Measure P at the gathering saying, “This is the most significant and important initiative I’ve seen in Santa Barbara in the last twenty years in politics.”

Speakers stood in front of seven large water barrels and one black barrel representing the large amount of water needed to extract a small amount of oil. Speakers highlighted both the need to transition off of fossil fuels to reduce the impacts of global warming, and the local risks to water and health from increased use of extreme oil extraction techniques in Santa Barbara County, pointing out that just one quart of oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water, and that these techniques use and produce a variety of toxic chemicals.

Volunteers then made pledges for voter outreach and fanned out to go door to door. “I’ve seen a lot of precinct walks, but the volunteer passion behind this is remarkable,” said Daraka Larimore-Hall, Chair of the local Democratic Party, “This is an impressive turnout.”

Volunteers are needed to join this critical campaign at VoteYesonP.org.

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