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Please join us at the San Francisco Department of the Environment Commission hearing this Tuesday, November 25, at 5 pm, to get their support to put warning labels on gas pumps! Supervisor John Avalos has introduced legislation (see draft ordinance here) that is pending before the Land Use and Economic Development Committee of the Board. A positive response from the Environment Commission is vital to gain the support of the Board Committee.
The "Greenhouse Gas Information Labels" is item #6 on the agenda and should come up fairly soon after the start of the meeting.
6. Discussion and Possible Action to Make Recommendations to the Board of Supervisors (BOS) on BOS File No. 141094 [Environment Code – Greenhouse Gas Information Labels for Gas Pumps]: Ordinance amending the Environment Code to require service station operators to place labels on gas pumps advising the public of the amount of carbon dioxide generated by burning a gallon of fuel and making environmental findings. (Explanatory Documents: Draft Ordinance and Legislative Digest) Sponsor: Deborah Raphael, Director; Speaker: Jeremy Pollock, Legislative Aide to Supervisor John Avalos (20 minutes) (Discussion and Possible Action)
Based on the wording proposed by the City Attorney, below is a draft of a possible 4" x 6" label (graphic by Ray Pajek):
One comment we may want to make at the hearing is that the proposed language is a bit wordy. We could ask the Commission to consider language such as:
3. Take the bus or BART
4. Carpool--with three people in the car you've cut your CO2 by 2/3!
5. Drive more slowly--driving 10 mph slower on the highway can save 12% or more on fuel consumption.
6. Accelerate and decelerate more gradually-- Avoid that great sucking sound of gas guzzling.
7. Inflate your tires to the proper level
8. Combine trips to reduce total miles driven
9. Make sure your next car gets better miles per gallon than your present car, ideally make it an electric car, and better yet power it with solar panels on your roof if possible. (32% of Californians who own electric vehicles also have solar panels on their roof!)
10. Next time you move or buy a house, find a place close to transit, and closer to your school or workplace to reduce total miles driven.
But the main thing is to get the Commission's support for the concept of consumer information labels, and ideally on the gas pump hoses (see suggested designs here). We should ask the Commission to urge the Board of Supervisors to adopt the ordinance. If San Francisco does so, it will be the first city in the U.S. to require accurate and informative climate change labels on gas pumps. On November 18, Berkeley voted in favor of climate labels on gas pumps, and directed their city attorney to draft appropriate language, so the two cities are both racing ahead!
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BAAQMD is conducting gap analyses to identify what the Bay Area must do to reach 2050 and interim GHG emission reduction goals. Members of 350 Bay Area's BayCAP campaign team are participating in the Energy and Cap & Trade gap analysis efforts.
Come to the next Climate Protection Committee meeting to get updates, ask questions and advocate for strong, innovative climate action.
We want the Air District to develop a Regional Climate Action Plan at least equal to its 2005 Ozone Strategy and to its 2012 report "Understanding Particulate Matter: Protecting Public Health in the San Francisco Bay Area."
In fact, achieving the GHG emission reduction goal is a primary path to reducing particulate matter emissions (responsible for about 1,700 premature deaths per year in the Bay Area) since they are both largely caused by combustion.
The "Regional Climate Action Strategy" laid out in the Climate Work Program appears to fall short of a true commitment to develop a plan to achieve all the emission reductions.
Show up December 1 at Climate Protection Committee meeting to press for faster, stronger action on GHGs in concert with action on particulate matter, for the sake of protecting both the climate and public health.
Present your comments and/or support others prepared to speak. If you can't come, contact Committee members directly:
BAAQMD Climate Protection Committee Members
Supervisor - San Francisco
Councilperson - San Jose
Supervisor - Marin
Councilperson - Petaluma
Supervisor - Contra Costa
Supervisor - Alameda
Councilperson - Los Altos
Councilperson - Martinez
Supervisor - Sonoma
Panel discussion with climate scientists Katherine Hayhoe, Ron Amundson, and Richard Norgard: an examination of climate change and the role faith communities are playing.
Come learn about current issues and how you can help, and hear updates from our various working groups. We look forward to seeing you!
(The "WHEN" below is just for the web wizard - we meet on the third Sunday of each month.)test