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Unanimous Vote - BAAQMD Board approves Resolution to achieve cuts to Bay Area climate pollutants from 100 to 17 million tons per year by 2050. 11/6/13

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Mighty mighty 350 Bay Area folks after the vote - Dr. Robert Gould, Rand Wrobel, Ken Jones, Floyd Smith, Patrick Kennedy, Jed Holtzman, Caitlin Chew, Taylor Hawke, Janet Stromberg, Judy Williams, Larry Danos and Bill Pinkham

Idle No More Prayer, Teach-In & Round Dance 8/24/13

This event was sponsored by Idle No More Solidarity SF Bay Affinity Group. A prayer, teach-in and round dance at Washington Park in Richmond in solidarity with First Nations' and other Indigenous peoples' actions on this day to protest tar sands oil and fossil fuel. Snake dance to Chevron?

"A round dance is a dance of peace and friendship. Easy to do, it's a continuous side-step. Join us with the spirit of the round dance and love for Mother Earth and all of her children. We rise with peace & good hearts!"


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Air District Board votes to oppose Keystone XL Pipeline 8/7/2013

Comment of the day Los Altos City Councilmember Jan Pepper calling on the Air District to RESTRICT REFINING OF TAR SANDS at BAY AREA REFINERIES. Wow!

Watch impressive comments from 350 Bay Area members and eye-opening Board Members' statements before they voted. Webcast of the meeting is posted! Click to Agenda Item 11:


 Citizen climate heroes speaking at the Board meeting: Robert Gould, Taylor Hawk, Jed Holtzman, David McFarlane, Joanne Orengo, Bill Pinkham, Aaron Reaven, and Floyd Smith,

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Summer Heat Richmond Chevron Refinery Protest August 3, 2013 Nearly 3000 Demonstrators, Over 200 Peaceably Arrested

Summer Heat Richmond brought incredible energy and spirit to the gates of Chevron. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to elevate coalition work in the Bay to new sectors and by connecting issues. And to all the participants from 3 months to 90 years.


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Gas Pump Information Labels Comes to TED Talks!

Robert Shirkey, Executive Director at in Toronto Canada just recently did a TED talk on Canada's gas pump campaign. It is a very informative and well spoken speech about the merits of implementing a consumer-oriented label at the point of purchase:


Let's make sure we beat our Canadian friends by having the first City ordinance for Gas Pump labels! (A little friendly competition to motivate our awesome team of volunteers) Join our efforts, visit our Dump the Pump page!


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commented 2014-03-25 22:38:50 -0700 · Flag
Who do you think ends up paying the FiT to solar power producers? Why, everybody on the grid, of course, through their electric bills. The FiT policy in Germany has practically doubled the cost of electricity in that country. That’s how expensive solar power is. Based on simple economics, I predict Germany and Japan will soon turn their nuclear plants back on because nuclear provides much cheaper carbon-free energy than renewables.

Nuclear is also safer than renewables in terms of lives lost per Terawatt-year of energy produced, and is more wildlife-friendly because its much smaller land requirements displace fewer animals and plants from their natural habitats.
commented 2014-03-24 14:38:06 -0700 · Flag
My problem with all this obviously well-intentioned and sometimes even quite effective work that 350 is doing – and wants to do more of! – is that we’re out of time.

Waiting on the legislature to write up some compromise that lets Capital Coal Company ship a bunch of volatile puke over to China while giving us in the meantime maybe another couple of inspectors for all of Northern California to ensure none of that stuff will explode here is too little, too late; especially when no one at all in the rest of the world gives a good godamn about the atmosphere anyway.

They’re all waiting on America to clean it all up in what they otherwise see as a race to the bottom. So our job is to manage the world (hoping that a few allies will emerge to help out) pretty much the way we (kinda) did during WWII with a massive, single-minded organization dedicated solely to winning that war.

The process will be imperfect, to be sure, and we’ll have to run through several generals, wing commanders, field marshals and other egomaniacal types before we can manage to pull this particular rabbit out of the hat, but we have to do it: first by identifying three or four major projects and then making sure they can get implemented before it’s just too late do stablilize a planet that right now is gasping for air.

I’m happy that BAAQM is helping out, but its leadership role with the JPC is politely waiting for that bunch of folks to come up with something that all too cautiously will only just begin to address the seriousness of the problems the Bay Area is facing: just getting a Cold Ironing system installed down at the Port of Oakland took over five years, and as meritorious an effort as that was, it wouldn’t have happened at all without first a two year court battle with the Port (brought by the community, not any regional agency) and lots of high fees paid to a legal system vested in slowing down everything so that “justice” will finally be done – no matter how many kids had to choke on filthy air in the meantime.

So, 350 needs to step up to the plate here with a designated slugger for possibly the last three or four pitches in the ballgame, or we’ve simply just lost the war while winning one or two smaller battles here in the Blessed Bay Area, literally an island floating on a sea of troubles.

As to geo-engineering not even having proved its worth, can it be that is enough reason to stall another decade or two before even beginning to contemplate how the world will have to look someday if we dare to assume again the same kind of decisionmaking process we’ve utilized so often in the past with giant projects like the Apollo program? Or try it the other way: imagine two hundred years from now that there might NOT be shields in orbit around the planet (assuming there’s still a planet with flourishing civilizations to interact with one another) to help manipulate weather patterns and shade certain areas or heat up others? The question is, especially given all the dollars saved that will otherwise have to be spent on erecting coastal dams and barriers, when do we get started?
commented 2014-03-24 14:19:22 -0700 · Flag
The People of Japan are installing millions of solar panels every month, because all their nukes are shut down, and they want to shift their whole economy from nukes to solar, so they can keep all the nukes shut down.
This is a great strategy, too bad activists in California do not know about the solar feed in tariff payment policy ( FiT ) that requires Utilities ( PG&E ) to pay homes $0.53 kwh, to become active for such a policy change.

Just protesting against the tar sands will not shift our economy from oil to solar. Instead, we too must pass a FiT policy in each city. Like Japan as done. Like Germany has done. We need 5 activists in each city to petition for a FiT in each city.

We must block against Shell Oil and ALEC.
commented 2014-03-24 14:09:09 -0700 · Flag
Japan’s Ministry of Economy (METI) reports that the nation installed 94 MW of residential and 493 MW of “non-residential” PV solar photovoltaics (PV) during December 2013 under its feed-in tariff. The FiT pays $0.53 kwh to anyone feeding solar onto the grid.

This is roughly the same amount installed in November 2013, and brings Japan to 5.17 GW of PV installed in the first nine months of the nation’s fiscal year 2013. This translates to roughly 7 GW annually, in line with the estimates of market analysts.

Since the introduction of its feed-in tariff in July 2012, Japan has installed 6.84 GW of PV, most of which is in the “non-residential” category, including commercial, government, industrial and utility-scale PV. Japan had roughly 5.6 GW of PV when the feed-in tariff was implemented, bringing the nation to a cumulative installed PV capacity of 12.4 GW.

ROI of 8-12% even under feed-in tariff cuts

Japan became the world’s second-largest PV market in 2013, with an estimated 6.9 GW of PV installed. Even under proposed feed-in tariff cuts to JPY 32 (USD 0.31) per kWh for PV plants larger than 10 kW, TrendForce (Taipei) estimates the nation will offer an internal rate of return of 12% for larger PV plants.

Solar One – 100% solar California.
commented 2014-03-24 11:21:43 -0700 · Flag
Responding to Mr. Lowe: First, 350 Bay Area is a regional advocacy group. Go to for the global organization. We are focused on advocating reductions of GHG emissions – changing people’s minds about fossil fuels and the importance of renewables. You are correct, we are not about geo-engineering fixes. We are focused on not making the problem worse.
Regionally, we have several campaigns with clearcut agenda’s that ARE making a difference. Because of our BayCAP campaign’s work, the regional Air District has committed to reducing GHG emissions by 80% by 2050. Given that the Bay Area has a larger economy than many countries, that’s significant. Because the Bay Area is viewed as an environmental leader, its all the more important that we show the world how its done.
We know that with existing solar, wind and water energy tech we can get to 100% renewables (see the work of Prof. Mark Jacobson). IMHO, Let’s do the low-risk “solve the problem” work first, before performing planetary surgery that we haven’t done before.
commented 2014-03-23 18:46:27 -0700 · Flag
This blog is useful if it communicates useful information. I just can’t tell whether anybody ever reads the useful information I have provided. See my comment below, from 2 months ago. If you want more information about how molten salt nuclear reactors can provide (1) much safer nuclear electricity and (2) lots of process heat that can be used to remove CO2 from the air and sequester it (as carbonate minerals, for example), look up the Thorium Energy Alliance. Here is one of their best 10-minute videos:
commented 2014-03-22 12:10:23 -0700 · Flag
I don’t know whether I should discontinue this blog or not, as most of what I see here is about solidarity and building networks but no specific plan for making sure our governments – there have to be a few folks in the Great White North not mired in tar sands who care about planetary survival, too – are engaged on a Manhattan project for
this decade to deliver some measure of global cooling to help slow ocean rise.

What 350 seems to be all about is a giant group hug and meetings here and there to try and block various programs and policies that certainly need to be addressed but with too little emphasis on specific geo-engineeriing projects like space reflectors that can buy us time to list, prioritize and finally manage all the other problems we’re concerned about – sorta like first applying the brakes on your car when just about every instrument on your dashboard is telling you there’s not a single thing that’s functioning correctly.

In that sense, logging in here every so often seems like a waste of time because there’s no clearcut agenda to manage: let’s meet here and demonstrate that we don’t want one thing or another, but let’s not prioritize any lists of programs that might be seen as imperatives because we’re not into advocacy for any one thing other than stopping a pipeline here or a coal train there. All well and good if that’s what climate change means for you, but without major projects in the works to modify Earth’s temperature – other than praying to God, Hephaestus or some other deity for another massive volcanic explosion and consequent global freeze – 350 is more than a few degrees off course.
commented 2014-03-03 22:54:11 -0800 · Flag
Elizbath Martin, what’s at the link you provided to explain what you have in your home? Every link carries a computer infection risk, so I’m not about to click on yours. Can’t you summarize in plain English what you have in your home?
commented 2014-03-02 23:35:34 -0800 · Flag
As the world is changing quiet rapidly. With every passing day we have more new technological invocations with us. But their is something which we are destroying by our careless behaviors. Hunger in the world is constant on rise. New diseases hitting the nations but we are saying that Human race is progressing . I am not the critic on the technological innovations. but i am concerned with the effects of it. We developed the things but not creates a mechanism for the proper disposal. Like I have in my home but not know how can i dispose of it. Fossil Fuels can be easily directed to the profitable usage but most of the time Manufacturers get rid their self bu putting their waste material lines into the drainage. Its good to see that at least on the small level people are putting efforts to make sure that Environment of Earth will keep remain same.
commented 2014-01-25 12:46:59 -0800 · Flag
Hot air is action too, if it educates, provokes discussion, disillusions the deluded, and keeps people from wasting time and resources on hopeless causes.
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commented 2014-01-22 01:27:21 -0800 · Flag
Hey, Steve Lowe! Telescope maker Roger Angel once estimated the cost of putting reflectors in space to stop global warming at 5 or 6 trillion dollars. If that solved the problem it might be worth the cost, but reflectors in space will do nothing to slow down ocean acidification, which will continue even if all the carbon pollution ended tomorrow, because CO2 already in the atmosphere will continue dissolving in the ocean, wiping out much of the food chain.
A much more sensible “Manhattan Project” would scale up molten salt nuclear reactors (of the kind demonstrated at Oak Ridge National Labs in the 1960s) to commercial size and mass produce them to (1) replace fossil fuel power plants with nuclear plants, (2) synthesize fuels for transportation from water and atmospheric CO2, and (3) synthesize carbonate rocks from atmospheric CO2 to bring CO2 levels below 350 ppm. Only molten salt reactors produce the high-temperature heat needed for (2) and (3), and they’d be much cheaper, safer, and more efficient than today’s light water reactors. The R&D cost to get MSRs “market ready” has been estimated at $1 billion, and that’s how much China has already committed for this purpose. If we don’t do likewise, we’ll have to buy our nuclear reactors from China to save the planet.
commented 2014-01-21 12:49:25 -0800 · Flag
Yadda yadda yadda: this all sounds too much like another Kyoto-based group hug where being politically correct is what it’s all about, as opposed to understanding the methodology necessary to begin another Manhattan project, or if you prefer, Apollo program funded and peopled by the only country that can generate the resolve and leadership to do so.

This means geo-engineering, of course, as the essential problem of worldwide cooperation is unresolvable in our time – especially with so little of that time even left for this out of control planet. With clowns like Kim Jong Un out there and total dorks like Mugabe, is there anyone yet living here in the Bay Area who really believes some sort of hands-across-America approach will work in getting everyone hooked on solar and buying Priuses en mass?

Man-made reflectors floating in space like clouds but able to be continually repositioned from Houston or somewhere can diminish the amount of sunlight bombarding our atmosphere and also be used to influence weather patterns. If we can go from the Wright brothers to the Mars explorer in less than a century, we can certainly begin geo-engineering on a massive scale, enough to get us started on a global cooling program that in a hundred years from now will be seen as a baby step – maybe called the Franklin project after that old wiseguy who thought all we could do was complain about the weather.
commented 2014-01-17 22:47:09 -0800 · Flag
If the utilities were forced to pay solar energy providers $0.49 or $0.99 per kwh, they would have to raise electric rates on everybody, including people with solar panels on their houses at night when their meters are running forward. That’s a prescription for ratepayer revolt and political backlash against solar power lobbyists. If we simply put a price on carbon emissions, the utilities would switch to whatever carbon-free energy sources minimize their costs. Why should they pay $0.49 per kwh for solar, when they can pay $0.15 per kwh or less for nuclear?
commented 2014-01-17 09:31:02 -0800 · Flag
Lancaster, Ca., is now selling homes that are 100% solar powered. All electric homes that charge your electric car, Tesla, Ford or the Cherry from China. The Cherry sells for $22,000. FOB. Now LA has a Feed in tariff. By 2030, LA could achieve 70% of its total energy from solar.
commented 2014-01-17 09:13:53 -0800 · Flag
Denmark is now one of the top renewable energy leaders in the world.
How? Because they had no fossil fuels. So they developed wind. By 2030 Denmark will achieve 70% of its energy from wind and 30% from solar, geo thermal, BERM and hydro.
California could easily get 70% of its energy from solar using a solar feed in tariff requiring Utilities to pay homes $0.99 kwh.
commented 2014-01-17 08:59:23 -0800 · Flag
Shall it be California law to require all new homes built to generate  3x as much solar energy as they use,  this will also apply to any building remodeled over 55%.
and require the Utilities, like PG&E, to pay  $0.49 kwh to anyone feeding solar onto the grid.  
Why $0.49 kwh?    We are in an environmental emergency.  This rate is necessary to motivate people to install  solar panels on their homes, so they get paid back, at a rate of return high enough to cover their costs.  The FiT will create millions of new solar JOBS and   shut down all gas, coal & oil usage.   As is happening in Germany, Japan, China & 69 other nations. Germany started at $0.99 kwh, which launched a massive solar gold rush. Germany is now the cleanest nation on earth.
commented 2014-01-11 00:28:11 -0800 · Flag
Here are the kind of nuclear power initiatives we ought to be promoting, to rid ourselves of fossil fuels:
commented 2014-01-10 23:53:38 -0800 · Flag
Tony Moschetti, if you want to understand how Niagra Falls can freeze in the midst of a warming climate, just pay attention to what the global average temperature has been doing. You’ll see annual ups and downs, but the long-term trend is unmistakably up, up, up. Instead of being an obnoxious gasbag that nobody here will take seriously, why don’t you study how greenhouse gases affect the Earth’s energy balance? If you think the climatologists are wrong, tell us what errors they’re making.

You’re absolutely right about nuclear being the cleanest form of energy, but I don’t understand what you’re saying about environmentalists who oppose it. Aren’t they just being kept ignorant and misinformed by environmental organizations whose leaders don’t want to lose income from major donors in the oil and gas industry? Those deep pockets would get a lot shallower if the safety of nuclear power plants relative to oil and gas-burning power plants was understood by most environmental activists. They want enviros to advocate renewables only – wind and solar – because, unlike nuclear, those renewables will never compete with gas for baseload power.
commented 2014-01-10 12:18:12 -0800 · Flag
This site is beyond parody.
It certainly made me laugh out loud, especially all the comments from the Gaia gang about ‘saving our beautiful planet from evil seeohtoo.’
I presume all these middle-class smoked-salmon socialists drove to these rallies in cars powered by tofu and vegan yoghurt. Oh no, silly me, they all drove gas-guzzling cars just like everyone else. I also noticed most of the zealots are wearing clothing and shoes made from petrochemical products. Hypocrites.
commented 2014-01-10 07:30:25 -0800 · Flag
Wow, the Krazyfornia climate zealots are even more deranged than I thought. Even their beloved IPCC says that GW “paused” some 15 years ago.

Their war on nuclear energy, the cleanest form of energy, proves this is simply a left wing political issue. Check out the photos of Niagra Falls partially frozen over on the U.S. side.

So how does a “warming” planet cause Niagra Falls to freeze!

And the zealot offering a ride to a rally Saturday must mean on her bicycle, because surelt she wouldn’t own a car!
commented 2014-01-09 15:23:24 -0800 · Flag
I can offer a ride for two from Fairfield to the Pittsburg rally Saturday.
commented 2014-01-08 06:07:10 -0800 · Flag
CO2 levels already above 350, so to actually be effective, you need to include efforts to sequester carbon. That is, first support pastured animals, and next, organic gardening. Rebuilding soil can put the carbon back in the ground where it can do a lot of good.
commented 2014-01-02 21:37:20 -0800 · Flag
Why are commentators at talking about shutting down nuclear power plants? I thought the priority of was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a job best accomplished by building MORE nuclear power plants.

If we follow Germany and shut down our nuclear plants, we’ll end up burning more coal just as Germany did, because no matter how many solar panels you have, they can’t provide much baseload power. Right now only fossil fuels and nuclear can do that. Would you rather burn more coal?

Even today’s unsafe nuclear plants are a helluva lot safer than coal, whose particulates, sulphur dioxide, and mercury pollution kill or disable millions of people every year. Future nuclear power plants – especially Generation IV designs on the drawing boards – will be much safer, much more efficient, and produce much less waste than today’s. I wish environmentalists would learn more about them. You can start by searching on the phrases “molten salt reactor”, “Generation IV reactors”, and “thorium fuel cycle”. I think you’ll be surprised at how much greener nuclear power can be. It’s even be greener than solar and wind power, both of which require such huge land areas that they risk destroying wildlife habitat.
commented 2014-01-02 08:40:47 -0800 · Flag
New page highlighting 2013 successes looks just great!!
commented 2013-11-06 18:06:39 -0800 · Flag
TY :)
commented 2013-09-09 21:51:19 -0700 · Flag
Let’s follow Germany. Labor & Solar power

The best thing we can do in the US, to create 22 million new jobs, is for every city to put a Feed in Tariff (FiT) that requires Utilities to pay home owners & farmers $0.53 kwh for 20 years.
That will shift the US from oil to solar in 5 years.

Unions were the leaders of the solar movement before many today were born. 

My father Iren, a carpenter for 50 years, 1940 – 1990, told me in 1955 that, 
“Some day we would harness the sun and use it for all of our energy. 
But first we would have to stop the corporations from preventing us from using solar power.” 

I didn’t understand what he meant until I read Hermann Scheer’s book, “Solar Economy”. 
Scheer’s book inspired the  German unions to take charge of the German economy in 1990. 

German unions now lead the solar movement in Germany 
by building a million solar powered houses every year.
Combined with the FiT, that will shift the world to a solar economy.
Lancaster, CA., just passed a law requiring all new homes to be 100% solar powered.
LA just passed a FiT.
Those 2 new laws together, as they are in Germany, can shift the world to 100% solar power by 2050.
Germany just created 400,000 new solar jobs using a FiT.
China now makes more solar panels than any other nation.
The US labor movement should buy those panels and build a million new solar powered homes in each city, each year.
Germany just shut down 8 nukes, after Fukushima, by building a million solar powered homes.

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commented 2013-09-09 15:17:54 -0700 · Flag
Called about 20 minutes ago. Wait time ~4 minutes. Advocated for the moratorium. Said it’s horrible policy not only for the climate but also insane for the Earth generally and for California specifically since it has been proven it can cause earthquakes even over ancient, inactive faults (see — sorry if this is posted more than once!)
commented 2013-08-19 14:30:21 -0700 · Flag
We can win against the odds. It was heart warming to see people take action on a moral struggle against humality. If we don"t stand up now and fight for a different kind of future or we may not have much of a future.
commented 2013-07-22 16:06:17 -0700 · Flag
Thank you for your help in bringing national attention to our community’s challenges with Chevron. Here in Richmond we would also like to get folks to also attend the August 6, Anniversary event here in Richmond, the actual anniversary of the fire. Can you also post information about this event? There is a FB event page on the event. Here is the link.
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