April 20, 2017
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Air District Breakthrough Climate Action Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2017

Contact: 
Jed Holtzman, 350 Bay Area, jed.holtzman@gmail.com, 415-828-3854

Bay Area Clean Air Agency Adopts 
First-in-the-Nation Regional Climate Protection Strategy
Regulatory Plan Will Start the Region Down the Pathway toward a Carbon-Free 2050

San Francisco, Calif. - Yesterday afternoon, following over four years of advocacy and policy work by 350 Bay Area members and leaders, the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (the Air District) adopted a bold air quality and climate plan, titled Spare the Air — Cool the Climate. The plan presents a comprehensive vision for a carbon-free Bay Area in 2050 and lays out a timeline for binding clean air and climate regulations that will come online over the next several years to start the region down the road of making the 2050 vision a reality.

"The Air District has shown true leadership on addressing climate change with the adoption of this plan," said Jed Holtzman, Senior Policy Analyst for 350 Bay Area. "With action across every sector of the economy and eighty-five different pollution control measures included, our region should be firing on all cylinders over the next several years to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, as a start toward eliminating them entirely. Our victory here shows that government can take productive actions to safeguard a stable and healthy future for our communities, and other metropolitan areas around the world should do the same." 

"The BAAQMD plan to clean the air while reducing climate-impacting greenhouse gas emissions is an important step toward solving three major problems simultaneously - air pollution mortality, global warming, and energy security. This is an important leap forward," said Dr. Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University.

"350 Bay Area first approached the Air District asking for real climate action like this about four years ago—today, after years of working with the agency, we are more than delighted to see them commit to this bold vision and comprehensive strategy," said Janet Stromberg, Bay Climate Action Plan Campaign lead for 350 Bay Area. "This plan commits the Bay Area to do our part for the carbon-free future, healthy air, and healthy planet that the vast majority of Bay Area residents want. The Air District's continued leadership going forward will be critical to making sure this plan gets implemented."

Background: The Air District is tasked with regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the nine counties that surround San Francisco Bay: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southwestern Solano, and southern Sonoma counties. It is governed by a 24-member Board of Directors composed of locally elected officials from each of the nine Bay Area counties, with the number of board members from each county being proportionate to its population. The Board oversees policies and adopts regulations for the control of air pollution within the district. The Air District consists of over 340 dedicated staff members, including engineers, inspectors, planners, scientists, and other professionals. 

Spare the Air—Cool the Climate aims to lead the region to a post-carbon economy, to continue progress toward attaining all State and federal air quality standards, and to eliminate health risk disparities from exposure to air pollution among Bay Area communities.

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350 Bay Area and our 22,000 members work for deep reductions in carbon pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area & beyond. The movement-building work of 350.org inspired Bay Area residents to form the organization and incorporate in 2012.

Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson’s career has focused on better understanding air pollution and global warming problems and developing large-scale clean, renewable energy solutions to them. Toward that end, he has developed roadmaps to transition states and countries to 100% clean, renewable energy for all purposes and computer models to examine grid stability in the presence of high penetrations of renewable energy.

 

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