Let that sink in.
A couple of people commented that we should not be trying to get the whole town to All-Electric by 2030, because it will be hard and expensive.
Yes, we know it will be hard and expensive; we know it will be hardest for those with the fewest resources, and we are sensitive to all of this.
We also know that the increasing pace of change means that things do not all happen perfectly - as a result of our growth in solar generation, you may know, we now generate too much solar electricity at some times, so that we have to get rid of it; maybe we are going too fast?
But here is the reality.
Scientists say that we must have an additional drop in emissions every two years equivalent to what happened during the Covid Crisis if we are going to be able to avoid the worst impacts of the changing climate (HERE). And, I listened the other day to a podcast that discussed the pace problem, and quoted some of the folks at the California Energy Commission who are trying to drive the needed change, and in a way that minimizes impacts to all of us. This person noted that the dangers of moving too slow are far worse than the dangers of moving too fast (HERE).
The Town of Fairfax has correctly noted the urgency of our situation, and has asked us to figure out how we can get to zero emissions by 2030. The only way to get to zero emissions by 2030 is to somehow switch everyone to renewable electricity, and away from methane.
It will be hard, but I think we can do it. One of the main things we will do as a Climate Action Committee is to find, and, where possible, develop as many funding sources to help us all get this done. One of the things we will do over the next decade is to work with the Council to figure out ways to help people make change. Believe me, we do not want to hurt people; we want to figure out how to help us all. Having said that, each of us must also take responsibility to do what we can. Some of us have resources, and we can find ways to help ourselves in the long run, as well as working on this problem, and those of us so fortunate should - as President Biden called us to do - do what we can do.
So, we appreciate those who have asked us to NOT try to get to zero emissions from all buildings. But, for us to do what needs to be done, we must try. What I can pledge to you is that your volunteer neighbors on the Climate Action Committee, and your volunteer neighbors on the Town Council (I do not speak for them, by the way, but I do know them) are committed to helping the people of this Town in ways that are as painless and equitable as we possibly can.
In turn, we ask each of you to do what you can do, and to support us in this work.
We need more help on the CAC; join us, if you can.
It will be hard, but we can do it. We are, and we will continue to be, Rebels with a Cause.