Interim mayor Todd Gloria’s climate action plan is an ambitious document that could change the way we commute, the types of energy we use and the efficiency of our buildings.
Kevin Faulconer’s ascendancy as mayor and a lengthy upcoming review process could both force changes to the plan over the coming months.
But Gloria will still be Council president and wants the plan to stay a priority. Faulconer ran as a pro-environment moderate. That means the plan’s likely to change, but unlikely to go away.
Last week we looked at one piece of the plan that’s already getting some push-back, a mandate for homeowners and commercial property owners to retrofit buildings to improve water and energy efficiency.
But here are a few numbers that put the whole proposal in context. (CityBeat also put together a nice comprehensive look at the plan earlier this week).
The number of local governments in California that have adopted their own climate action plan in recent years.
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Our usage of water in San Diego has dropped dramatically in the last couple of decades. We are using less water than back then, even with a large increase in population. As I recall, naysayers said that wasn't possible and screamed about the cost to business and individuals. Maybe naysayers are wrong this time too! Instead of shooting down the idea, how about exploring it and seeing what can be improved on the original plan over time. We have to bring down greenhouse emissions for a couple of reasons: we are required to do so in this plan by state law and we need to do our best to leave our descendants a decent planet to live on after we played a large part in destroying it. The extreme weather we've seen lately in this country and around the world are to a large degree the result of climate change which comes from increased carbon pollution. Besides if we do this, our city will be much more attractive to visitors and tourists because it also, as a byproduct, will be even more beautiful.
Thanks Andrew for reporting on this important plan. I hope the council and the new Mayor keep this plan strong on it's greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets. The younger generation and future generations are depending on the people currently in power to do the right thing in stabilizing the climate.
@Angela Deegan San Diego's efforts will be like the child trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon, but many progressives will feel good about themselves.
“...100 percent renewable energy by 2035....”. Let’s see, that’s 21 years away. I won’t be around to see it, but this is not going to happen. Remember, e.g., we are in the process of dismantling our only reliable 24/7 clean energy source, the nuclear plant at San Onofre. Even if they began today, design, permitting and construction of a replacement would likely take more than 21 years. Plus, technically, nuclear is clean but it's not "renewable", so doesn't meet the enviro-whacko standard.
Someone was smoking funny cigarettes, sans tobacco I'm sure, while drafting that goal, and the only thing that could make it conceivably come true is a huge breakthrough in energy storage. The only problem is that scientists have been trying to solve this one for over a hundred years. There’s been some improvement, but the very limited mileage of current electric cars is testimony to how little progress has actually been made.
“The sun don’t shine at night and the wind often don’t blow”. Duh. We’ll see if this provision survives the new mayor and city council. If it does, we’ll know we have a bunch of politicians divorced from reality.
Nice chart, in another 15 years the whole global warming theory will have blown apart, and the tipping point theory will have crumbled a long time before then. There is no stopping radical environmental activist-extremists-turned-politician these days....
Not sure what your point is. The G.W. issue cannot be compared to that.
A full generation has been indoctrinated to believe something that is still being debated, discussed, and as of late, hasnt panned out exactly the way they confidently predicted it 20 years ago. World governments are passing massive regs , people are paying a big price and making sacrifices all the while the media picked a side decades ago and simply refuses to report AGW without a strong bias, keeping the public further in the dark about what is happening.
I will not adopt a " its just another silly movement that will eventually pass" attitude. Its much much bigger than that.
"But reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2035 requires going through “community choice aggregation,” said Capretz. That process would mean SDG&E would still deliver our energy, but the city would go out and purchase it, in whatever mix of sources it wants, on the open market."
Amateurs buying power on the open market. ROFLMAO.
The Market is going to eat these people alive.
Andrew, Please start asking these folks how much all of these initiatives are going to cost the city and residences.
@Mark Giffin There's a feasibility study for CCA that's currently ongoing. It should give some indication of the program's potential costs or savings. The retrofit mandate hasn't been written yet.
"but the city would go out and purchase it, in whatever mix of sources it wants, on the open market."
amateurs buying energy. The Market will eat these "progressives" for lunch.
Notice Capretz nor Gloria comment on costs of any of this stuff to the city or its residences.
This will blow up in our faces but Capretz and Gloria will of already bailed with their Golden Parachutes
Ah yes, the democrats helping to protect the poor and middle class-wealth as usual
""...a mandate for homeowners and commercial property owners to retrofit buildings to improve water and energy efficiency.""
Instead of creating new regulations to combat climate change, governments should fix the negative externalities (a type of market failure) and then step out of the way.