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August 19, 2014


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The latest IPCC report is out from the UN on Climate Change.
The UN is calling it climate change -- but it is global warming.

The world is not the same as it was 50 years ago and we need to address global warming -- or we won't have wildlife, farms, water, food -- you name it.

It's not optional -- it's something we can do now, before there are no options at all.


Let's hope our elected candidates understand what is at stake, and Do the Right Thing.

Why it matters that Pacifica passes a strong, effective Climate Action Plan -- and why every town should do so:


The biological wealth, which we are taking for granted so far, is disappearing:

We can stop this by being responsible carbon fuel consumers, and changing use of carbon fuels to alternative energy sources.

At a bare minimum, the City of Pacifica, and cities across the country and around the world, can pass effective Climate Action Plans.

The rest of the world is doing its part on CAPs. Pacifica should do its part to stop global warming.


This article is written as "opinion" but it's a fact: Pacifica's "Climate 'Action' Plan" is not effective in accomplishing the standard goals that all CAPs have: "Kyoto" or better! 35% reduction in greenhouse gases before 2005.

They probably spewed more greenhouse gases in creating it than it will ever conserve.

Just develop faith in the convenient, blindered, science-denying myth that artificially abetted global climate change is a scam, and all will be well in the little land of Pacifica.

Council did exactly the right thing here. Requiring sellers or buyers to take on burdensome costs is asking too much at a time when our city is almost bankrupt and people are struggling. I know some think that the answers to all our problems are to increase taxes and regulations, but there are many other things Pacificans can do that will have a much greater impact, such as promoting no-till gardening and farming.

If we really care about cutting carbon emissions, we should also support the Highway 1 modernization, which will cut fossil fuel consumption and pollution by reducing stop-and-go traffic.

Here is a link to the letter from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to the City of Pacifica:


The letter expresses complete disbelief in the impossible "plan" proposed by the City of Pacifica.
On a separate note, how is it that Planning Director George White could be so wrong about his area of expertise? How arrogant to disregard solar and other alternative energy.
And how arrogant of Pacifica Mayor Mary Ann Nihart and City Council members Len Stone, Karen Ervin, Sue Digre, and Mike O'Neill not to require an actionable plan, that will actually achieve the vitally important goals all communities must achieve to reduce carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Yes -- Pacifica has a Climate Action Plan (CAP) in name only. The ultimate result of the so-called CAP that Pacifica has put forward is that Pacifica will not achieve anything near the stated goal of a 35% reduction in greenhouse gases (GHG) below 2005 levels.

San Francisco can do it. Berkeley can do it. Pacifica is wholly incompetent in meeting BAAQMD CEQA Guidelines Section 15183.5 -- the requirements for Tiering and Streamlining the analysis of GHG Emissions.

The City of Pacifica signed on to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which pledges "Kyoto or better."

Yet the City of Pacifica cannot honor its own signed agreement.

And clearly, the city is not trying to honorably do this; it is blatantly in violation of its own stated goals. What will we tell our children and grandchildren when global warming is completely unstoppable? Will we say that Pacifica City Council thought no one would notice? That Pacifica City Council did not care that there will be no food, rampant unpredictable disease, wars over water? That Pacifica City Council thought it was above the laws of nature?


On February 16, 2005 the Kyoto Protocol, the international agreement to address climate disruption, became law for the 141 countries that have ratified it to date. On that day, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels launched the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to advance the goals of the Kyoto Protocol through leadership and action by at least 141 American cities.

By the 2005 U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting in June, 141 mayors had signed the Agreement – the same number of nations that ratified the Kyoto Protocol. In May of 2007, Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor became the 500th mayor to sign on.

Under the Agreement, participating cities commit to take following three actions:

1 - Strive to meet or beat the Kyoto Protocol targets in their own communities, through actions ranging from anti-sprawl land-use policies to urban forest restoration projects to public information campaigns;

2 - Urge their state governments, and the federal government, to enact policies and programs to meet or beat the greenhouse gas emission reduction target suggested for the United States in the Kyoto Protocol -- 7% reduction from 1990 levels by 2012; and

3 - Urge the U.S. Congress to pass the bipartisan greenhouse gas reduction legislation, which would establish a national emission trading system

Read more here:

Already in California, the fire season is almost all year round, and we know that fires are more frequent, longer, and bigger than they have ever been before, and this has been shown to have been caused by global warming.

In California, the drought has increased so much that farmers, who already use 85% of all water in the state, do not have enough for their crops, and hay costs five times as much as usual for feed animals, creating an unsustainable money-losing economy for cattle farmers. The western United States is becoming like the driest part of Australia, where dust storms cause fires and plants have evolved to survive on episodic, minuscule precipitation.



City Council members Karen Ervin, Mary Ann Nihart, Len Stone, Mike O'Neill, Sue Digre: Just tell the voters what justification you have for passing a Climate Action Plan that does not meet even the modest goal of 35% reduction in greenhouse gases before 2005, something that the City of Pacifica signed on to do.

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