In July and August we met with several city council members to discuss possibilities for a city ZERO CARBON Goal – municipal operation by 2025, entire city by 2030. Request included suggested changes in the city strategic plan June 18_19 STRATEGIC PLAN REVISIONS (1)
GREAT NEWS Jimmy Panetta has an excellent new Carbon Capture Bill – HR4051
Summary To create a Climate Action Rebate Fund in order to efficiently reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide a monthly rebate to the American people, encourage innovation of clean energy technologies and create new economic opportunities, ensure the resiliency of our infrastructure, assist with the transition to a clean energy economy, and leave a healthier, more stable, and more prosperous nation for future generations and promote carbon capture via improved agricultural practices.
Brief Details Carbon fee Rate $15/ton starting 2020, with yearly increases of $15, unless reduction target are missed in which case it increases by $30.
Goal is 55% reduction in Greenhouse Emissions by 2030, and 100% reduction by 2050, relative to 2017 levels.
Fund Use 70% monthly dividends to low- and middle-income households (joint filers with adjusted gross income under $130,00, single filers under $80,000
20% highways, mass transit, innovative transportation, rail, e-charging & others.
5% research on energy storage, carbon capture, grid modernization, sustainable transportation and many others.
5% transition assistance for affected workers including retraining.
Link to the full 49 page pdf https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr4051
Please contact Panetta’s office to show support. (Plan to add a support petition soon)
Phone: 831-429-1976 https://panetta.house.gov/contact/email added 8/11/19 ————————————–
July 18th we met with congressman Panetta’s aide . He was happy to tell us that Jimmy has already signed on to the Climate Emergency declaration recently started by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes. Twenty one local people were there representing SC CAN, Sunrise, XR, CCL, Wilpf and SC4Bernie.
Great new video from the Climate Mobilization
includes a goal of CarbonNeutrality by 2035 and addresses all the following Green Energy , Active & Clean Transportation , Green Buildings , Zero Waste , Open Space & Sequestration
New program by Santa Cruz Climate Action – includes materials in Spanish and English
Santa Cruz City Council 2 year Work Plan (2017-2019) (very little on Climate Change!)
Overall not great! Good – Community Greenhouse Gas reduced due to Monterey Bay Community Power. 5/19/19
Letter requesting new policy directives from council to city management to swiftly address moving to zero carbon 5/16/19
Letter to City requesting formation of a Climate Commission 3/26/19
Letters to City County to suggest a swifter way for local governments to tackle CLIMATE CHANGE 3/25/19
Letter to the County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) suggesting a new look at how to improve the Hwy 1 commute. 3/25/19
The Santa Cruz County Climate Emergency Resolution passed unanimously. You can read it HERE. 1/29/19 Celebrating outside the building with Romero people.
The City of Santa Cruz Climate Emergency Resolution passed unanimously. You can read it HERE. 11/27/18
Thanks to all who signed the petition on Line or on paper. All given to the council.
Please view of brief summary of the new IPCC report (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Oct 2018
More details at our Climate News page
Here’s the city Climate Adaptation Plan written in 2017 and adopted 2018
ClEmPhotos Submitted to council with original draft
What we really need is a detailed plan similar to this one from Montgomery County ClimateMobilizationReport (1) but that will need to come a little later.
Lots of excellent ideas in this Climate Mobilization paper especially the charts showing the difference between NORMAL and EMERGENCY modes of government.
See our slide show at Rise for Climate rally on Sep 8