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!
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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Like Rand, I was among the contingent from 350BA who attended the DC rally. I had the privilege of catching up with Unitarian Universalists and other friends throughout the country and engaging with Bill, Mike, and Van (including telling the first two what wonderful work you are doing and complementing Mike for promoting Michelle who hired Jess :) ) and meeting and speaking with Allison Chin (Sierra Club), Rev. Yearwood, Tom Steyer, Joe Romm, Mike Tidwell & Ted Glick (CCAN) and and many, many others. Special shoutouts to Rachele Huennekens (Sierra Club & Moving Planet), and Allison Fisher (Common Cause & the Climate Reality Check Coalition) for their networking and movement building and to all the wonderful, wonderful volunteers at All Souls Unitarian DC, 350.org, Sierra Club, etc., etc., etc.
We’re on a roll. Gaia has our back. Time to continue building the relationships, the love and the justice, which inspire this movement.