Jennifer Wells

Air District Board: Take real climate leadership now


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.

EXTRA LOVE to people who also post personal comments.

BAAQMD Board Members will read them!


1,105 signatures

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.


commented on Volunteer for the MRCL. 2015-01-09 20:03:05 -0800
I'd love to see some humor, satire, very visible costumes, large puppets, or other visual ways of spreading the message beyond the choir. I realize this is vague, just thinking out loud

Volunteer For the March for Real Climate Leadership February 7th


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Tabling Set Up At Lake Merritt Amphitheater

Volunteers to help: Please arrive at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater between 10 AM and noon, and look for a sign (Lit Tables) at the loading zone at the east end of the park. Find Glenn. (I'm a short woman with long hair streaked with gray.)

Sign up on this page for Bay Area volunteer opportunities leading up to the March For Real Climate Leadership.

Tabling at Laney College

Please arrive at the Forum (an auditorium) of Laney College at 3:30 PM. Your shift is from 3:30 to 6:30.

After Party Tabling

Table for 350 at the after party

After Party

 Work the door at the after party at La Pena

 PARTY WITH US AFTER THE MARCH! Drop by to mingle and party with 350 Bay Area members and other CA climate activists at La Pena, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, from 4:00 to 9:30. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Donation of $5-10 requested, but no one turned away for lack of funds.

Wagon Transport: We need someone to transport a wagon from Alameda to the Lake at 10 am on Sat.  email Ellie if you have a pickup or van and can do this.


commented on Home 2013-02-18 13:48:17 -0800 · Flag
Excellent to see this attended with so many diverse organizations. A lot of the more ‘old school’ political organizers and activists in the SF Bay area also were not there. For a lot of people, there is less of a habit of regular activism and rallies. So hopefully we can build the coalition to include many more factions, including some of the major radical groups from SF, the E. Bay, etc., to keep building up the numbers. hopefully next time we can have more like 50,000, or 500,000 out there!!

signed Beyond the Pump Petition 2012-12-03 23:46:03 -0800
Science shows that a 4 degree celsius rise may be enough to end human civilization. Science also shows that due to nonlinear changes, a 2 degree celcius rise likely will lock in more than 4 degrees. We can radically cut back our carbon emissions.

Beyond the Pump

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:

warning label


1,576 signatures

To the Bay Area Local Governments: 

We urge our city council to require warning labels on gas pumps to:

  1. Warn consumers that burning gasoline is causing global warming,
  2. Inform people that our city has a Climate Action Plan to reduce CO2 in general and gasoline use in particular.