Air District Board: Take real climate leadership now

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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.

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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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signed 2015-01-19 09:05:26 -0800
High efficiency non-combustion technology to move away from natural gas is here using newly developed ductless mini-split heat pumps and heat pump water heaters. Visit www.netzeromadesimple.com, a non-commercial site that explains how to convert a typical house to net zero emissions very quickly and easily, and at a very affordable cost.
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signed 2015-01-19 08:59:20 -0800
What in God’s name are you people doing if not controlling GHG emissions. The Climate Crisis is not going to solve itself. You are elected to serve the people and protect us, not the fossil fuel industry. Quit Stalling!
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This is a climate emergency. Act like it.
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If investment banks, and the Bank of England, agree that most fossil fuel reserves are stranded assets, you actually save the Bay Area money by both publicizing that fact and regulating fossil fuels out of use for stationary sources, and continuing programs that take especially dirty vehicles off the roads, or repower them as EVs. Why? Because you will encourage people to divest early, and they won’t lose as much on their investments as those who hold them to the end. Why else? People won’t spend as much on health care if they are healthy, and when the financing on renewable energy is paid off, it’s free!
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