The ‘Rainbow’ doesn’t lead to Stockton

The Rainbow Warrior, docked at Hamburg, Germany

The Chronicle reported today that Greenpeace brought its famous “Rainbow Warrior” ship to San Francisco this week, opening it for public tours and, while here, also “protesting a Stockton palm-oil refinery that imports large volumes of palm oil from deforested Indonesian rain forest.”

No, the Rainbow Warrior isn’t coming to Stockton. A Greenpeace spokeswoman clarifies that the so-called “hippie ship” will not protest here.

“In our public outreach, Greenpeace is highlighting the connection between palm oil (that’s in over half the packaged products found in supermarkets, from cookies to cosmetics) and destruction of the Indonesian rain forest — home of the last remaining Sumatran tigers,” Greenpeace spokeswoman Kat Clark said in an email to my colleague, Reed Fujii.

“The Bay Area and facilities such as Wilmar International’s edible oils processing facility in Stockton are a gateway to the U.S. for this kind of unsustainable palm oil.”

Here’s a link to Greenpeace’s recent report attempting to connect Wilmar with the destruction of tiger habitat. The report says Wilmar was expected to open a facility in Stockton in 2013.

A couple of years ago, the San Joaquin Partnership reported that the new facility would employ 20 to 30 people and create 100 indirect jobs and more than 100 construction jobs.

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