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.

The idea of creating a policy framework lasting nearly four decades originated with 350.org, an environmental organization focused on climate change. Advocates with 350.org and the Sierra Club worked in collaboration with San Francisco Sup. John Avalos, who chairs the BAAQMD Climate Protection Committee, to formulate a resolution complementing climate change planning already underway at the Air District.

“The resolution did start from outside of the community, but I’m adopting it as a member of the Air District,” Avalos said at the Oct. 23 meeting, “and it’s something I’d like to see members of this body support.”

The resolution creates the emissions reduction target, launches a strategic planning process, and commits to developing a work plan that would guide the district’s activities in coming years. Implementing the plan would entail gathering more data about ambient greenhouse gas emissions and finding ways to reduce the pollutants, which are linked to climate change.

The full BAAQMD board will vote on the plan at its Nov. 4 meeting. The Air District is governed by a 22-member body composed of locally elected officials from nine Bay Area counties.

In 2006, the California Legislature enacted AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, which established a goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. That's now only about six years away, so a Scoping Plan process is in the works to figure out how to meet a new goal of reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Enacting a regional plan at this juncture would position the Bay Area as a leader on addressing climate change, said Henry Hilken, director of the Air District's Planning, Research and Rules Division.

Avalos emphasized the need to focus on metrics and to stay abreast of the region’s progress on meeting emissions reduction targets over time. Assuming the climate action plan is approved by the full board, he said, the next step is to hold a focused session “to put some meat on the bones to talk about how we will work toward achieving actionable items.” 

And after it has secured the approval of the full board, a work program would be drafted to include increased staffing levels, noted Jeremy Pollock, Avalos’ legislative aide. That would require increasing the fees that are extracted from the region’s major greenhouse gas emitters – primarily oil refineries.

Comments

This will better lead the Bay Area to getting its act together on the climates crisis!

Thanks to 350, Sierra Club, Supervisor Avalos, and locally 350 SF, for taking the lead on this and making it happen.

I have one friendly amendment. As you pursue this, include in the discussions that the newest climate science is showing that lowering emissions 80% below 1990 levels will very likely not be enough to protect us from catastrophic climate crisis tipping points that might trigger a full collapse of our civilization and possibly even the end of the human species.

So we should start including in our dialogues the need to evolve past the 80% below 1990 levels target, and establish a much easier to understand and more prudent objective of reducing all of our carbon emissions to near zero by 2050.

Thanks again to all who made this happen! You rock!

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 25, 2013 @ 11:18 am

Exaggerate much?

Population densities may move around some as some formerly habitable areas become less so, while other formerly inhospitable areas become more desirable.

Humans are resourceful and adapt. We do not capitulate; rather we embrace technologies to manage the transition.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2013 @ 11:32 am
Posted by anon on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

thinks that it's scaremongering to convince humanity not to wipe itself off the face of the planet

(or at least pretends he thinks that)

Posted by xklgfhjk on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 10:40 am

nasty stuff

Posted by bljig on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:29 am

and fan its flames like fire

Posted by blji on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:30 am

is the only thing we have to fear

Posted by j on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:53 am

and prepare to face the beast hoards of the fossil fuel empires!

Posted by xklgfhjkj on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 10:37 am
Posted by blji on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:32 am

the ski ball arcade is quite a mess from all the liquid pavement, sparks, smoke, and the dwarf tunnels which undermined and collapsed many pipelines

so the ski ball arcade must now shut down for repairs!

thank you for playing Pipeline Ski Ball!

keep savin' those dimes and nickles for the next round!

Posted by tkjhdfk on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

Just what does have to happen now after 30 years of science only agreeing it COULD be a crisis for science to end this costly debate and finally say a real crisis WILL happen inevitably not just could? Will it be too late then?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2013 @ 11:53 am

science and is using it to try and scare the electorate into panicking and blindly pursuing the left's rabid anti-capitalist agenda.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

how right he is, and how low he will be laid

Posted by xklgfh on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 10:46 am
Posted by bl on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:35 am

orchy minions on the run

Posted by blj on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:33 am

bye bye minyans

Posted by jlkhdf on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:42 am

take sensible skee ball action in case the worst is indeed happening

only sane response

Posted by xklgfhj on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 10:44 am
Posted by bl on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:36 am

Can't reduce greenhouse gas emissions at all? Just plan to reduce them by 80% by 2050.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% over 30 years won't make a dent in greenhouse gas levels? Just pretend your empty gestures are effectual and wreck your economy in the process.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

climate conspiracy crowd that we are all doomed.

The natural power and resilience of the planet, plus our technology and flexibility, have rendered this alleged thread into a historical footnote.

Those who spread alarm and horror about so-called warming of the planet generally have another less agreeable agenda.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 10:08 am

After seeing Eric Brooks' arguments about housing, I can't take seriously anything he says about climate change. If he's representative of climate doomers...

Posted by Guest on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

by advocating that housing should be controlled by self-styled anarchists.

I don't think the guy is stupid, and I am willing to believe he knows his energy stuff (even if I disagree with his predictions of doom if we don't do that).

But Eric shows a fundamental lack of knowledge, experience and reality in positing these fanciful schemes that have zero support, and rightly so.

I believe that he spends all day every day in the company of like-minded anarchists, and has probably lost any sense of what most people think and feel. He commits the classic activist error of speaking when he should be listening.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

and the mindset that it creates has our local revolutionaries distancing themselves from the actual people they claim to be all about.

Posted by Matlock on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

"No activist ever asked me what I wanted."

Posted by Guest on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

The very first question that any anarchist asks when they introduce themselves to a community in which they are offering to help organize is:

What is it that you want to accomplish?

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

Because if you had, you wouldn't be saying what you're saying.

You seem far more interested in telling me what I should think.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

...that are oppressed, opposed and/or defunded by people like you.

My guess is that you are selfishly well off, and don't (on the surface) need any such help.

Of course below the surface, what you need to really become a fully self actualized and valuable human being is another matter entirely...

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

this is simply a barricade against trolls

it is a signpost to indicate to the reader that other anonymous posters on this thread are beginning to purposely diminish the conversation into repetitive reactionary hyperbole, and/or petty, mean spirited personal attacks and irrelevant bickering

the barrier is put in place to signal that there is probably little point in reading more replies in the thread past this point

proceed at your own risk

Posted by xkljh on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

with pipelines feeding all!

plug up those pipelines with your skeibahls!

Posted by slkjdfki on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:02 am
Posted by jlkhdfh on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:41 am

orc kind tear them down to have alchemists cauldron them into lead

Posted by b on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:39 am

the most interesting skei buhl table in the arcade

lots of vari-coloured puffs of smoke and rainbow sparks coming from that one ;)

Posted by ukjhdfkh on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:57 am

everyone about what views to advocate, but rather only asks classes of people who he suspects will agree with his views.

So his "listening" is entirely dishonest and biased.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

...the thumb, of the type of policies you purvey.

And contrary to your assumption, when I helped coordinate the coalition to stop first Michela Aliot-Pier, and then Scott Wiener from weakening our local California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) protections, the coalition that we built together to win that fight included many Republicans and conservatives, and many wealthy people, who all jointly recognized a common threat to the well being of the entire city and its people.

So your knee jerk judgement that I only offer help to progressives, is simply wrong.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

this is simply a barricade against trolls

it is a signpost to indicate to the reader that other anonymous posters on this thread are beginning to purposely diminish the conversation into repetitive reactionary hyperbole, and/or petty, mean spirited personal attacks and irrelevant bickering

the barrier is put in place to signal that there is probably little point in reading more replies in the thread past this point

proceed at your own risk

Posted by xkjhfdl on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

which they never got as hoard beast children

sad

Posted by slkjdfk on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:08 am

to trick them out the front gate

of the skae bohl arcade

:)

Posted by ukjhdf on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

will reinforce his prejudices.

If 60% of people polled said that they oppose the agenda that Greens have, you would still carry on as if that was not important.

You care only about what you think, not what the majority thinks.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 4:26 am

hates himself and middle earth and would prefer to raw sickened fish from a sewage pool

Posted by slkjdf on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:11 am

sewage pond fish flesh

Posted by ukjhd on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

to overcome the pipeline laying hoardy minions

Posted by slkjdfki on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:04 am

the elves and humans are good at making tricksy sckee bhals

and the dwarves can dig under the pipelines to bring them down

;)

Posted by ukjh on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

don't understand why the fellowship doesn't help them oppress middle earth

Posted by slkjdfkig on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 10:58 am

tricksies are for kid goats

Posted by ukj on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

this is simply a barricade against trolls

it is a signpost to indicate to the reader that other anonymous posters on this thread are beginning to purposely diminish the conversation into repetitive reactionary hyperbole, and/or petty, mean spirited personal attacks and irrelevant bickering

the barrier is put in place to signal that there is probably little point in reading more replies in the thread past this point

proceed at your own risk

Posted by xkljhd on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

not the best of situations

no paths for skea bohls

Posted by slkjd on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:13 am

in the walls

to let pass swiftly

the schee bhols....

Posted by tkjhdfkh on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

this is simply a barricade against trolls

it is a signpost to indicate to the reader that other anonymous posters on this thread are beginning to purposely diminish the conversation into repetitive reactionary hyperbole, and/or petty, mean spirited personal attacks and irrelevant bickering

the barrier is put in place to signal that there is probably little point in reading more replies in the thread past this point

proceed at your own risk

Posted by xkdejh on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

hmmm

guess it's the only way with saruman helping the trolls

Posted by slk on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:14 am

saruman thought he was one of the good guys....

Posted by ukjhdfk on Oct. 27, 2013 @ 11:59 am

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