Climate Change

Since the 1990’s there has been a growing concern in the scientific community about climate change due to greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions from human activities.  In California municipalities are adopting Climate Action Plans (CAP) to address ways to lower GHGs and respond to potential changes such as rising sea levels, droughts and floods, and changes in agricultural productivity.  Preserve Calavera has worked with Vista to help implement their CAP and offered extensive input on Carlsbad’s CAP.

Recently, the National Science Foundation funded a report that brought together scientists from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography as well as representatives from local governments, public sector agencies, nonprofits and private sector organizations throughout the San Diego region.  The result is “San Diego: 2050 is calling, How will we answer?”  For more information on this project refer to the Climate Education Partners at the Energy Policy Initiatives Center at USD.

Upcoming election news:  One of the propositions on the November ballot is the 1/2 cent sales tax increase targeted for transportation projects and some open space acquisition/restoration.  However, the projects may worsen greenhouse gas emissions and burden under-served communities.  See the Sierra Club’s press release for their opposition.  Preserve Calavera is further concerned that open space projects are not clearly delineated and underfunded.

Local cities are looking into Community Choice Energy as a real, positive means of lowering greenhouse gases.  This option to SDG&E would allow a regional not-for-profit to advance toward 100% clean, renewable energy by purchasing their own energy and setting their own rates.  These decisions would be transparent and offer residents and businesses a choice instead of a monopoly.  See San Diego Sierra Club Facebook page for more information on Community Choice Energy.