Climate Change

SF and UC systems dragging their feet on fossil fuel divestment

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The San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System and University of California Board of Regents -- two local entities targeted by campaigns urging them to divest of their fossil fuel investments -- remain resistant to the change despite official statements of support.Read more »

Pumping up awareness

Campaign to put climate change warnings at gas stations gains traction in Berkeley and San Francisco

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Warning! This is just a friendly reminder that your petroleum habit is hurting us all.Read more »

Chevron refinery expansion permitted before environmental review, lawsuit charges

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Communities for a Better Environment, known for its watchdog efforts around Chevron's Richmond oil refinery, has filed a lawsuit against the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for authorizing a permit to Chevron for a refinery construction project that’s still undergoing environmental review.

The project, known as a “modernization” in Chevron lingo, would essentially make it easier for the oil giant to process lower-quality crude, an industrial practice that CBE contends could significantly increase greenhouse-gas emissions.Read more »

Does carsharing really reduce overall driving?

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At the Share conference that I covered for this week’s Guardian, there were wildly divergent claims for how many vehicles carsharing companies such as City Car Share, Zipcar, and Getaround take off the road. I was also a little skeptical of claims that carsharing dramatically reduces overall driving and greenhouse gas emissions, so I decided to take a deeper look at the issue.Read more »

SF may go through Marin County to bypass CleanPowerSF subversion

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Just in time for Earth Day, a renewed effort to reduce the city’s carbon emissions was introduced at the Board of Supervisors yesterday [Tues/22]. Sup. John Avalos introduced a resolution calling for a study of San Francisco joining Marin Clean Energy, which provides renewable energy to that county’s residents.

The move is seen largely as an effort to circumvent Mayor Ed Lee’s opposition to implementing a controversial renewable energy plan called CleanPowerSF.Read more »

Plans for SF clean energy program still underway, despite political opposition

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San Francisco’s longstanding effort to develop a municipal renewable energy program has been stymied by politics, but Sup. London Breed has taken up the cause of advancing aspects of the plan that haven't been obstructed.

At a Dec. 13 meeting of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo), a committee comprised of members of the Board of Supervisors that has been working to develop CleanPowerSF for years, Breed called for putting out a Request for Proposals to develop a concrete plan for building out local renewable energy infrastructure. LAFCo adopted the motion. Read more »

How San Francisco should really be helping the Philippines

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There were a couple good stories in today’s San Francisco Chronicle related to concerns the Guardian and its readers have sounded in recent months: Mayoral appointees blocking CleanPowerSF against the will of the elected Board of Supervisors, and the massive scale of the proposed Warriors Arena, which is now gettin Read more »

Air District considers long-term action on climate change

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A committee of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District approved a resolution on Oct. 23 that could shape the region's approach to tackling climate change until 2050.

The proposal is to enact a regional climate protection program, geared toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.Read more »

Supervisors to grill Mayor Lee over CleanPowerSF sabotage

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Mayor Ed Lee will be on the hot seat for his unqualified support of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and his related opposition to the CleanPowerSF renewable energy program, which his appointees to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission are trying to sabotage, when he shows up for the monthly mayoral question time at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.Read more »

Mt Everest and tantrum-tossing talk junkies

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The world has been rather ugly of late, hasn't it? From man-made horrors in Turkey as the government sprays its people with agent orange to Syria's unending conflict to Mother Nature's wrath in Oklahoma--more trouble every day as the Mothers sang in 1966. So when I saw an article on Mt. Read more »