With all due apologies to the Banner boys, Bruce and David, people are calling Lipo Chanthanasak the greenest man in America. What has the Incredible Chanthanasak done to deserve the title? Well it turns out trashing the environment makes Chanthanasak angry, and if you’re a polluter, you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.
As leader of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), a group coordinating refugee and immigrant communities around Richmond and Oakland, Calif., the 73-year-old Laotian immigrant fights for clean energy and environmental justice. Lipo and the APEN team work, Avengers-style, to create green jobs and block the dumping of toxic and dirty facilities in their neighborhoods. Lipo helps lead a crusade against Chevron’s dirty refinery in Richmond and the proposed billion-dollar expansion that could be devastating for the health of residents.
Good work, Chanthanasak, and when it comes to Chevron and the other Big Oil bad guys, we say, “Lipo Smash!”