Governor Newsom, responding to the drought and wildfires that are our new normal, is asking the state to step up its action to de-carbonize. HERE. He is directing the California Air Resources Board and Public Utilities commission to accelerate the state' goals on decarbonization. He is aiming t carbon neutrality by 2035.
Yesterday, US Energy Secretary Granholm called on state and local officials to step up. "You are the only ones who can adopt and implement smart and ambitious building codes. We're asking you to join us in this push" she said at the DOE's National Energy Codes Conference.
I want you to look at the graph above. This is the illustration of the Greenhouse Gas emissions from the Town of Fairfax. Remember, our Town Council has shown Governor Newsom the way, by calling for Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (not 2035, as he has done). And, our newly adopted CAP shows a way to do it.
The graph above shows us the two glaring challenges we face. The bottom, blue blob, is our emissions from Transportation. (more on that another time). The almost as big orange blob is our emissions from burning methane. If we are going to achieve what the scientists tell us we must, then we must eliminate that orange blob.
More and more cities and towns around the state and around the country are requiring that new buildings be designed to use only electricity in response to this common challenge. Fairfax is poised to be the first Town in Marin to become part of this wave, and, in so doing, to become part of the leadership on this most critical of issues.
The Town Council has shown us the way. The Governor has shown us the way. The US government has shown us the way. The scientists have shown us the way. The falling reservoirs (Shasta Lake is now at 1/3 capacity) and the burning fires are showing us the way.
Thank you, Fairfax, for your clear-eyed understanding of the challenge, and for doing something about it. Together, we can do this.