‘Oildorado’ town faces California green future challenges

Taft (United States) (AFP) – A century ago, Taft was built on top of California’s most productive oil field. Since then, the local economy hasn’t stopped relying on oil extraction to provide jobs. But with California committed to halting petroleum production by 2045 and suing the world’s largest oil companies over climate change deception, producers worry the town will die before the last drop is extracted. “Scientifically we’re 2.5% of the problem in California pollution or air pollution, but we get about 100% of the credit,” says Fred Holmes, chairman of the board at Holmes Western Oil Corporation.


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