California should abolish oil produced from Amazon rainforest -NGOs, including California, should reduce oil residuated
According to two advocacy groups in a report on Thursday, California must eliminate or significantly reduce consumption of oil pumped from the Amazon rainforest to prevent an ecosystem that is vital to reducing the effects of climate change.
Stand.earth and Amazon Watch found that 50% of oil produced in the Amazon goes to California when Import data from the United States Energy Information Administration and shipping disclosures helped the company.
The rainforest is linked to approximately one in every nine gallons of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel fuel pumping vehicles and planes in the Golden State.
In their joint statement, "California refineries, businesses, and consumers are playing an outsized role in consuming oil from one of the most biodiverse regions in the Amazon Basin."
Because of the huge amount of greenhouse gas the forest absorbs, scientists believe protecting the Amazon is vital to combat climate change.
According to Amazon Conservation's MAAP program, the highest level since at least 2002, climbed to 19,101 hectares in Ecuador - the source of 89 percent of the oil flowing from the Amazon, according to the article.
The Waorani indigenous community in Ecuador has worked hard for decades to free oil exploitation on their territory, which is one of the country's richest and most diverse environmental areas, but also contains considerable oil reserves.
"Oil extraction in the jungle has left us with pollution, disease, death, and extreme poverty in our communities," Nemo Andy Guiquita told Reuters, questioning why the government expanded protection around the Galapagos Islands but not in the rainforest.
By the end of his term, President Guillermo Lasso has intended to double oil production to 1 million barrels per day.
The Ecuador's Energy Ministry told Reuters that oil activity in the Andean country must adhere to environmental regulations, and the government is working to reduce emissions from oil and gas projects.
Everyone has a legal obligation to respond for environmental damage or impacts they have caused, it stated in an email.
Though the most populous US state boasts an aggressive aim to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, Stand.earth and Amazon Watch claim to resuscitate the use of oil from ecologically sensitive locations.
Because consumers cannot tell where their gasoline comes from, Stand.earth senior researcher Angeline Robertson told Reuters that it has to be something the state and corporate leaders must find a path on.
Stand.earth and Amazon Watch said they shared their demands and conclusions with the administration of California's Democratic Governor, Gavin Newsom.
Newsom administration has set bold goals to reduce oil demand, according to the California Environmental Protection Agency, citing $15 billion in climate initiatives.
"We cannot sacrifice the planet's habitability of our planet or the survival of vulnerable indigenous communities for a dying industry," the agency stated in an email.