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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Petition

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 2015-11-22 14:01:28 -0800
signed via 2015-11-12 16:49:38 -0800
signed 2015-11-08 11:13:02 -0800
signed 2015-10-15 18:00:10 -0700
Thank you in advance, BAAMQ Board, for taking leadership in the tremendously important effort to create a healthy, sustainable environment for current Bay Area residents and people around the world, including generations to come. We urgently need you to act on our behalf!
signed 2015-10-14 11:36:23 -0700
Without our concerted efforts to deflect climate change, we acquiesce to the despoilment of the planet and a dreadful future for our heirs.

Period.
signed 2015-10-11 01:08:47 -0700
signed 2015-09-10 08:44:19 -0700
signed via 2015-09-07 20:40:35 -0700
signed 2015-09-06 06:53:38 -0700
signed 2015-07-23 16:02:46 -0700
Let’s cap carbon emissions in the bay area and show the nation how it is done!
signed 2015-07-23 09:50:08 -0700
signed via 2015-07-03 16:11:59 -0700
signed 2015-06-22 17:01:46 -0700
Suggest you ask people you email to put your 350.org address in their “contacts” folder as you mail goes to promotions whcih is mostly peoples advertising folder on gmail and is often not seen.


I am appalled that the Bay Area Air Quality Board is not getting on the ball and making a forthright effort to reduce Greenhouse gases!

The Bay Area should be setting an example for the Country not dragging it’s feet!

Are board members in the pocket of local power companies?
signed 2015-06-16 16:08:19 -0700
signed 2015-06-01 14:01:01 -0700
signed 2015-05-28 19:11:45 -0700
signed 2015-05-27 11:55:18 -0700
signed 2015-05-27 07:27:16 -0700
signed 2015-05-26 10:15:45 -0700
signed 2015-05-25 18:17:15 -0700
signed 2015-05-25 17:52:10 -0700
A serious problem requires a serious solution
signed 2015-05-25 17:10:33 -0700
Take and assert real climate leadership utilizing every tool and authority you already possess. We cannot wait any longer.
signed 2015-05-25 12:54:38 -0700
signed 2015-05-21 20:42:19 -0700
We should be utilizing every resource available to reduce carbon emissions. The brown haze hanging over the Bay Area in the winter is not only unsightly, but hazardous to health as well. Let’s lead the state and the country in reducing harmful emissions and promoting healthy, clean air!
signed 2015-05-21 08:00:30 -0700
signed 2015-05-20 22:36:34 -0700
signed 2015-05-20 20:37:06 -0700
It’s shocking to realize that GHG emissions are not considered when the Board issues permits. Unbelievable!
signed 2015-05-20 17:05:03 -0700
signed 2015-05-20 16:47:18 -0700
signed 2015-05-20 13:43:40 -0700
Just do it!
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