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News and Events
Join us May 12th @ 6:45pm for a local screening of "carbon nation"
Tired of the doom-and-gloom news about climate change? "carbon nation" is an inspirational, optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, non-partisan, big tent film that shows tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national & energy security and promotes health & a clean environment.
Buy tickets online! (purchase pre-sale tickets at Summerfield Cinema or online before the 12th and receive free raffle entry!)
Special guest speaker 5th District Supervisor Efren Carrillo will briefly discuss what is happening locally to make Sonoma County a leader in climate protection. This event will include complimentary fine wine courtesy of Kendal Jackson and delicious appetizers. All proceeds from this event benefit Sonoma County�s very own Climate Protection Campaign.
Jane Bender and Larry Robinson have joined the board of the Climate Protection Campaign. Bender served on the Santa Rosa City Council for ten years, and was co-director of ReLeaf for thirteen years. Robinson served twelve years on the Sebastopol City Council, and is a retired psychotherapist. Woody Hastings has also joined the staff as Renewable Energy Implementation Manager. Hastings has over twenty-two years of energy and policy experience in non-profit, government and private sectors.
Opponents of proposals to cap carbon emissions argue that such measures would be a drag on the economy. But action on climate change is simple prudence. Doing nothing carries risks that outweigh the cost of phasing out emissions. Politicians should accept that calculation because the science that supports it is strong. They should also consider adopting sensible, market-friendly climate and energy measures. Options include the bipartisan “cap and dividend” bill proposed by Senator Susan M. Collins of Maine and Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington State—a revenue-neutral approach that would auction carbon permits and return the proceeds to taxpayers—and a low-carbon-electricity standard, which would give states more options for generating clean power.
Why is a price on carbon so important? Check out this short video from The Wesleyan University Conference attended by Bill McKibben, NASAs James Hansen, Congressman John Larson and other scientific, business, nonprofit and student leaders.
The generosity of so many of you at the end of last year and the beginning of this year have helped us meet a $50,000 match by an anonymous donor! Now we're making progress toward the remaining $25,000 of matching grant money. Many, many thanks to you who invested in a positive future.
We trounced oil companies that attacked Californias climate and energy law, winning 61% to 39%. Now we must strengthen AB32. Californias Air Resources Board on Dec. 16 will vote on staffs recommendations for implementation. Although many of their recommendations are sound, others would mean big giveaways to industry - paid for by Californians and the environment. Because this legislation is a model for the nation, we need to get it right. For more on this subject read Mike Sandlers post on the Huffington Post "About Californias Proposed Cap & Trade Regulation."
Hans-Josef Fell: Renewable Energy Policy that Works
Hans-Josef Fell, Member of German Parliament, internationally-recognized renewables expert spoke recently at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa. Mr. Fell described the power of feed-in tariffs to cause a rapid switch to renewables. Please follow these links to his papers on this subject as well as the slides from his presentation:
Sonoma County 2009 Greenhouse Gas Emission Assessment
At the sixth annual Climate Protection Everybody Profits conference hosted in Sebastopol this year Ann Hancock delivered Sonoma County's greenhouse gas emissions status report. Total greenhouse gas emitted by Sonoma County in 2009 decreased slightly. Although many possible causes for this change exist, the economic downturn is the probable main one. Despite last year's decrease in emissions, Sonoma County's quest to attain a 25% emission reduction by 2015 remains an enormous challenge. Please click here to see the full report.
State Panel Recommends Dividends to Help Consumers
The Climate Protection Campaign has almost single-handedly conducted outreach and education on Cap and Dividend in California since 2007. We educate policy makers, stakeholders and the public with the aim of having Cap and Dividend be the top market-based solution for the Global Warming Solutions Act, AB32. Our recent work in Sacramento has been explaining the power and benefits of dividends to the Economic and Allocation Advisory Committee (EAAC) and California Air Resource Board officials. The EAAC has just released their final report. More on this story
"Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet" - was this year's theme for National Women's History Project. Ann Hancock was among 100 women worldwide who were honored this year. Ann is pictured with Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and Molly Murphy MacGregor. For more information:www.nwhp.org
The climate protection achievements of Sonoma County have been captured in Cities Go Green, a national magazine. There is also an article on our partners at Sonoma Mountain Village. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/verde/citiesgogreen_200902/
"Energy Independence and Climate Protection: A Business Perspective" is a nine-minute video produced by the Climate Protection Campaign. Featuring six national business experts, the video describes the economic benefits of taking action now. See it here.