Target: San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Goal: Provide renewable energy to residents of San Francisco that are willing to switch from traditional power sources
There’s no denying that renewable energy is a good thing. It is clean, affordable, morally defensible, and, as the name states, renewable. Across the country people are making efforts to sever their ties to traditional power sources such as coal and natural gas. These resources take a damaging toll on the environment and people who work with them, and are finite. The consistently rising energy costs that the nation has been seeing should be evidence enough of the last point. As gas and oil have become more expensive and as their environmental impact has become more apparent, more people have turned to alternative energy sources. Solar panels, geothermal power, wood-burning stoves, and wind turbines have all become common sights.
Embracing this trend, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is currently considering legislation that would allocate over $19 million to be used in securing a contract with Shell Energy North America that would provide the city with clean, renewable energy. The change would not be compulsory for residents (the program would be slightly more expensive than power is now); only those who wished to pay for it would receive the energy at this point. Furthermore, a portion of the money would go towards investigating potential local power source options.
The program, called CleanPowerSF, would dramatically curb San Francisco’s carbon emissions. San Francisco is already on the forefront in terms of being a green city, having already made significant investments in solar and wind power, and in doing so cutting their carbon emissions. CleanPowerSF has the potential to again slash the city’s emissions tenfold.
The costs of CleanPowerSF will level out over time, and in the meanwhile the switch to renewable energy can only be a good thing. This program, if successful, is one that any major city could emulate. Sign the petition and tell San Francisco to give this program a shot.
Dear San Francisco Board of Supervisors,
Soon you are going to vote on a piece of legislation that would mark a major reallocation of funds. You will have the chance to take $19.5 million and invest it in clean energy and your city’s future. I am writing to encourage you to take that step.
The program, CleanPowerSF and the contract with Shell Energy North America would drop your already low carbon emissions even lower and make San Francisco a model of American energy efficiency. As the cost of traditional energy sources continues to soar, as our dependency on foreign oil increases, and the toll that they take on the planet and local environments grows ever more critical you are faced with a chance to take a stand against all that.
Your city has already made a remarkable move towards solar power, and now it is time for you to take that next step. Continue down the path towards energy independence and 100% renewable energy. Sooner or later we will be at a place where we no longer can or need to use gas and fossil fuels. If you vote to bring CleanPowerSF into existence you will truly be on the cutting edge of public power policy.
The cost of CleanPowerSF is significant, but so are the dividends it will pay, as the costs of renewable tend to even out over time. The environmental impact this would have would also be tremendous: imagine having to see fewer oil derricks and pipelines marring scenic landscapes. Finally, the precedent that this would set for America and the world would be truly remarkable; the residents of San Francisco deserve access to good, clean energy as a matter of policy. You have the chance to give that to them. Please make the right decision, vote for this proposed legislation to become law.
[Your Name Here]
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