The Air District's Climate Protection Program began 10 years ago, yet not one rule to limit greenhouse gases (GHGs) from stationary sources has been adopted, and in 2012 the Air District actually amended its Permit Regulation to exclude even a review of GHG emissions (let alone require reductions) from virtually all permit evaluations.
The Air District is focused on a long term Regional Climate Action Strategy. We asked for and fully support that.
But it's also urgent to take action now to reduce GHG emissions. Many solutions are already well understood. The Air District has the power and the responsibility to implement them.
Most GHG emissions come from combustion, as do particulate emissions (which according to a 2012 BAAQMD report kill 1,700 Bay Areans every year). Only by ending reliance on combustion for heat and power can we clean the air and protect the climate. Industries, developers and vendors will need a long lead time to bring solutions to market. The time to begin the process is now.
Clean energy systems are already being installed on new and existing residential and commercial buildings in the Bay Area. Clean buildings are the "low hanging fruit" for GHG reductions. The time is ripe to promote Bay Area climate action leadership and work toward a regional mandate.
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BAAQMD Board Members will read them!
Dear BAAQMD Board,
Please take real climate leadership and direct Air District staff to:
- DECARBONIZE BAY AREA INDUSTRIES — Set a goal and pathway to decarbonize Bay Area industries. Overhaul combustion rules to move Bay Area industries toward clean technology and design alternatives as well as efficiency improvements.
- AIR PERMIT RULES — Eliminate the GHG exclusion, and incorporate emission reduction goals into permit rules. Stop GHG emission increases. Achieve actual reductions.
- CLEAN BUILDINGS — Develop and promote model rules for clean buildings beyond California requirements. Work toward the elimination of combustion GHGs and all other pollutants from building systems and appliances.
- CLEAN POWER — Investigate and implement every avenue the Air District can take to support, mandate and fund clean power generation through CEQA mitigation, permitting and regulatory action.
- STAFFING — Assign sufficient staff to GHG rule development.
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Sign our petition asking Governor Brown to lead efforts to prevent the climate change catastrophe of expanded drilling for dirty oil in California.
Governor Jerry Brown:
We recognize your strong commitment to protecting our climate and call on you to ban fracking in California. Fracking accelerates climate disruption. Fracking and the use of fracked oil will produce a huge increase in greenhouse gas emissions, virtually wiping out progress made by California toward emissions reduction. I want California to move forward to clean, renewable energy and leave dirty shale oil in the ground. New York, New Jersey and Vermont have already enacted bans or moratoriums on fracking. California has always been the leader in fighting climate disruption. We call on you to provide that leadership now and ban fracking to ensure our children and theirs will have a habitable earth to live on.
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Tar Sands are a bad idea. We can make sure that the Bay Area is not part of this problem. and ensure that area refineries don't process any materials from tar sands mining operations. Help us convince the cities of Richmond and Martinez to prohibit the dirty, destructive and climate-disruptive tar sands within their city limits.
We request that the city councils of Richmond, Hercules, Benicia and Martinez pass city ordinances to prohibit the transport, processing and refining within city limits of any materials obtained or derived from tar sands of any source. We request that all other city councils in the Bay Area pass resolutions in support of these ordinances.
Put global warming warning labels on gas pumps! The warning can include a link to the local Climate Action website. This is an awareness-raising action. Cigarettes have warning labels, why not gas pumps? Ask Bay Area City Councils to pass a City Ordinance to put warning labels on Bay Area gas pumps. For example:
To the Bay Area Local Governments:
We urge our city council to require warning labels on gas pumps to:
- Warn consumers that burning gasoline is causing global warming,
- Inform people that our city has a Climate Action Plan to reduce CO2 in general and gasoline use in particular.
Together, our ideas are far more thoughtful and vetted. Our motivation is collectively strengthened and our sustainability as a movement is far more resilient. The undertaking of collective responsibility, as shown in this very rally, evaporates our superficial differences such as age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, political standing, attire, weight, height, and even our day jobs. All that remains is a collective love for this earth, a simultaneity of imperative necessity to rise to mother nature’s defense, and above all, a revelation of our most fundamental nature which we had somehow forgotten til now : that we are all human beings.
This event has reinvigorated my spirit of optimism and given me more hope for a sustainable future for me and for all successive generations hereafter. While we may recognize the prevalence of these virtues among each other, we must be resilient to the hangovers induced by pivotal occasions and ends. While we may have had an outstanding victory on the 17th with respect to visible solidarity and rising to the occasion when we were called upon to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline, we must remain ardent and passionate with our movement. Each new checkpoint must not only be celebrated, but it must never subject itself to the definition of an end accomplishment. The reality is that we will likely fight on behalf of the environment for our entire lives. There will be more Keystone XL pipelines, more developments like fracking, more catastrophes like the BP oil spill, more mountain top removal, more deforestation, more invasive species, more endangered species, more oil and coal dollars, more propaganda like ‘clean coal’, etc. And we have to be persistent, passionate and committed to our collective ambition to see a cleaner future for this planet.
Let’s use this accomplishment of solidarity and protest as a summit for a new beginning. Let’s continue to rally with Bill McKibben and the great movement he has generated. Let’s continue to divest our schools and cities one by one until every last one of them is #FossilFree. And let’s allocate these funds to energy sources like Solar, which is now more affordable than ever and in dire need of an industrial re-boot and consumer enthusiasm. Let’s invest in solar as a nation and procure it’s mainstream acquisition as a collective community. Let’s continue to say no to the Keystone XL Pipeline even if Obama ends up saying yes. As you might recall from the first Lord of The Rings installment, we must stop big Oil and Coal in the fragile bridge of intimidation and say : “you shall not pass!” While i am hopeful that Obama will stand up against the overwhelming pressure of fossil fuel companies and reject the pipeline, I am nonetheless willing to stand on that bridge, toe to toe with the soul-less billionaires from the oil industry, to let them know how deeply i treasure this planet’s integrity. I will put my life on the line in the form of peaceful protest. I will tie myself to their fences, i will glue myself to the very pipes they are trying to seal, and i will gladly take arrest until there is no one left to bail me out.
While this may indeed seem drastic to some and impractical to many, I know i am certainly not alone with this commitment. While this position is indeed impractical for the enjoyment of an individual day-to-day life, it is something that needs to be done, as the President himself has eloquently established, “because it’s the right thing to do.” So let’s do the right thing and keep this movement alive until, once and for all, we can finally grant the earth it’s due justice.
Respectfully and Passionately,
CEO, SaveWithSunlight, Inc.
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