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Politics are holding back San Francisco's best shot at reducing carbon emissions


Some are still holding out hope that CleanPowerSF could move forward. San Francisco's Local Agency Formation Commission is set to begin researching what CleanPowerSF "would look like and to address other concerns that the Mayor and SFPUC Commissioners have raised," LAFCo's Senior Program Officer Jason Fried said.

Proponents are also investigating ways to launch the program independently of the mayor and the SFPUC, by partnering with Marin County's version of the program.

"There is talk about joining the Marin Joint Powers Authority," Fried said, "but we will exhaust every option to run our own program. We want the PUC and mayor on board."

While the mayor and the commissioners charged with overseeing the SFPUC seem content to let CleanPowerSF fade into memory, Avalos is not willing to let it go without a fight.

"We're facing the greatest crisis for this city, and our government pulls back on how to achieve this," Avalos said at a March 31 Board of Supervisors committee hearing on the Climate Action Strategy. "If we want to be a great city, it's up to us to generate the political will to implement these strategies."

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez contributed to this report.


Thanks for this great report.

One key point on clean energy objectives...

The new IPCC report and many other expert reports are now making clear that reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, is no longer enough.

We have now reached such a condition of planetary climate emergency, that only the most rapid reduction, to eliminate essentially 100% of greenhouse gas emissions by mid century, will have even a decent -chance- to avert the worst case climate catastrophe scenarios.

And many experts are saying that it would actually be much safer to make such a transition far sooner; with 100% greenhouse gas free by 2030 being a far better target.

If you look at the clean energy independence work that Mark Jacobson is now moving forward state by state, it is exactly this 100% emission free objective that he is pursuing.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Apr. 16, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

Eric sure knows how to gin up the hyperbole on this topic.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

and dung in third-world countries? Those release greenhouse gases you know. I wonder what progressive first-world army will sweep through India arresting hundreds of millions of Indians for burning cow dung. Not to mention their copious coal-fired power plants.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

Since the U.S. makes up five percent of the global population and yet produces 25% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, our bloated, energy wasting, and polluting behavior, dwarfs into minor obscurity the 'third world' emissions sources you are crying your crocodile tears over.

So it seems that we should mind the wildly burning smoke belching log in our own eye, rather than whinge about the smouldering speck of straw in the eye of our economically colonized neighbor.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Apr. 17, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

Great comment. Erin!

Posted by Guest on Apr. 17, 2014 @ 10:30 am

This from - "Public power has long been a San Francisco battle, finding its way on the city's ballot eleven times since the 1920s. 11 times it has lost."
I agree with Paul Kangas. Change State Law to require utilities to purchase solar power from individual generators. That will be the game-changer.

Posted by Richmondman on Jun. 17, 2014 @ 1:28 pm

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