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Remember Proposition 16? Well, It’s Baaaack! PG&E has put some lipstick on their piggie and brought it back as a bill called AB 2145. The name has changed, but not the idea: To undo the Community Choice clean energy process though political trickery.
In 2010, we defeated PG&E at the polls, so this time they’re trying an end-run in the state legislature. AB 2145 is a supposedly “pro-labor” measure that should more properly be labeled the “Monopoly Protection Act of 2014.” It will effectively destroy Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), the mechanism that allowed the creation of Marin Clean Energy. Right now, communities all aver the state, including our neighbor, Sonoma County, are gearing up to launch their own CCAs, and AB 2145 would kill them in their tracks.
Sustainable San Rafael and Sustainable Marin both strongly reject Assembly Bill 2145,
NEWS FLASH: On May 29, the Assembly passed AB 2145. The battle now moves to the State Senate.
The best place to stop it will be the Senate Commerce committee, which will be holding its public hearing on June 23. So visit the the “No On 2145″ website now, gather up your talking points and follow their leads on who to contact and how. We can and must stop this bill!
Our parent organization, Sustainable Marin sent this letter to the committee chair during the battle in the Assembly. It contains key talking points you may want to use in your communication.
From the web pages of www.no2145.org:
For Immediate Release: May 29, 2014
Businesses, Local Governments, Community & Environmental Groups, Decry Assembly Vote
on Bill that Undermines Local Clean Energy
Sacramento, May 29, 2014 – A broad and diverse coalition of business, local government, community
and environmental organizations today decried the California Assembly’s passage yesterday of AB
2145. Labeling the bill the ‘Utility Monopoly Power Grab of 2014,’ they stated that if eventually passed
by the California Senate and signed into law, AB 2145 would dangerously undermine California’s
efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to create thousands of local clean energy jobs. In
the past few weeks, over one hundred local governments, government agencies, businesses and
business associations, public officials, and grassroots and consumer organizations have registered
strong opposition to AB 2145.
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The great American naturalist, Rachael Carson, once wrote of seeing “the misty river of the Milky Way flowing across the sky” as she gazed upward on a moonless night. Today, it has become harder than ever to see the stars as cities, with their 24-hour lights continue to sprawl. Many children learn about the Milky Way only through books or films, Too often, poorly shielded outdoor lighting, even in Novato, blots out the night sky and its myriad wonders, wastes electricity, and adds to climate-disrupting carbon emissions.
This video, from the International Dark Sky Association shows that this isn’t simply an esthetic issue or a problem only for astronomers. Light pollution is causing serious problems throughout nature and in our own daily lives,
After a year and a half of driving our Nissan Leaf all-electric zero emissions car, do we still like it? Did we make the right decision in leasing it? Has it met our expectations? Are we happy EV drivers? To all these questions we offer a resounding, “yes!”.
The car is used more by my wife, since I work mostly out of an office in our home, and since I sometimes need to carry bulky equipment in my work. The Leaf has adequate room for the equipment, but since it’s a new car, we choose to use the 2006 Prius instead. Nancy drives the Leaf to work every day. We take it to both airports, to the top of Mount Tam, to the tip of Point Reyes, to Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, to the East Bay, and of course on all types of shorter errands around Marin. Continue Reading →
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James Hanson "Game over for the Planet" (NY Times)
Bill McKibbon "Global Warming's Terrible New Math"
McKibbon NPR Interview on Above
350 Bay Area.org
Garth Lenz at TED on Tar Sands and Keystone XL
Plug in America.
Don't Frack California!
Food for the Transition
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