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[GreenYes] AB32 Global Warming Scoping Plan - Aug 1 Comment Period


 
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Last couple of days to comment on the California Air Resources Scoping Plan for AB32 Global Warming Plan. - July 31, 2008 .
 

Take Action on Global Warming

 Dear Global Warming Activist,

This week is your last chance to meet the Friday, August 1 deadline to tell the California Air Resources Board (CARB) how you want them to strengthen  their draft plan for implementing AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

There?s an easy way to do it. Just click on http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/spcomment.htm, and follow instructions.  Keep reading for suggestion comment points.
 
For Loma Prieta Zero Waste Committee members & other Zero Waste Activists, California's "Renewable Energy Standards do not "exclude" burning mixed garbage as renewable energy.  The Sierra Club 2006 Policy does not support Waste-to-Energy (WtE) because air pollution, e.g., dioxins, no net energy creation and the damage to recycling infrastructure when local governments are locked into long term supply contracts making the materials not available for recycling.  The current CARB scoping plan does not define what would be in California's Renewable Energy Portfolio or Standards.   So if you care about this problem for recycling then you may want to go to the CARB site and tell them your concerns. 
 
The current CARB report also advocates for making landfills sources of methane for energy generation.  The Club is in the middle of developing a new policy on this that will demonstrate the case that trying to maximize methane generation from landfills in sufficient concentrations to become viable as an energy source will increase the amount of fugitive releases* of methane and volatile organic compounds that attach themselves to methane resulting in increasing methane in the atmosphere.  Methane is 25 times more damaging the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.  It is harder to comment publicly on LFGTE since the policy is in pre-draft from.  My presentation at CARB hearing in Sacramento on July 17th is that if there is any chance that more methane could be released that Precautionary Principle says do no harm so the Scoping plan should do more research on this area rather than advocating a change that could be devastating.
 
Contact me if you want more information on this complicated issues and I will send you our LFGTE Report and spreadsheet with gas emissions from landfills.
 
Finally, CARB has agreed to really beef up the recycling part of the scoping plan but it never hurts for agencies to hear this over and over and over and over......  hint, hint.
 
* fugitive gas is that which enters the atmosphere rather than in the engineered gas collection system.
 
Ann Schneider
Chair, Zero Waste Committee
Sierra Club
 
 
-snipped from Cal-Activist listserve (Calif. Nevada Regional Conservation Committee/Sierra Club Calif.)
 
From Bill Magavern, Director Sierra Club California

Take Action on Global Warming

 Dear Global Warming Activist,

This week is your last chance to meet the Friday, August 1 deadline to tell the California Air Resources Board (CARB) how you want them to strengthen  their draft plan for implementing AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

There?s an easy way to do it. Just click on http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/spcomment.htm, and follow instructions.

While CARB?s Draft Scoping Plan includes a number of strong measures, including a call for 33% of electricity to be generated by clean, renewable energy by 2020, the draft needs significant strengthening before it will be up to meeting the challenge of combating global warming.  Here are some suggestions you can make to CARB:  

·        Make polluters pay for their emissions of greenhouse gases, using the resulting revenues to promote clean energy and aid low-income consumers. Limit sharply and verify any offsets. Do not link our program to any states with weaker emission standards.

·        Include stronger measures to reform land use planning in ways that reduce vehicle miles traveled.

·        Promote and enable Community Choice Electricity Aggregation (CCA), which lets communities pool their buying power to generate clean power.

·        Mandate that auto companies sell hundreds of thousands of Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) by 2014, not the feeble proposed level of 7500 ZEVs.

·        Put Zero Waste front and center:  increase recycling by businesses, mandate  constructing facilities to compost all green waste, and require producers to take responsibility for the end-of-life disposition of their products.

 Thank you for taking action. Your work will help us move these critical measures onto CARB's agenda. That will cut back greenhouse gas pollution faster!

 




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