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Menlo Park becomes first U.S. city to set goal to be carbon neutral by 2030

Original post made on Jul 16, 2020

Menlo Park became the first city in the U.S. to set the ambitious goal of being carbon neutral by 2030 on Tuesday when the City Council moved forward with a new plan to slash carbon emissions citywide.

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Comments (10)

Posted by Laura
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jul 16, 2020 at 2:03 pm

How will they manage the huge increase of pollution from traffic along El Camino corridor as a result of the many new developments being built there?

Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 16, 2020 at 2:08 pm

This will kill many small businesses and be financial hardship for many individuals , with no real impact on the environment. PG&E already charges us 3X the US average for electricity & das as the average US utility. This will make it even worse.

Does anyone care about the economic well-being of our residents in this very difficult time? They should be looking for ways to reduces consumers costs & not raise them. Apparently the leadership is too rich to care about the impact of COVID on the local economy.

Posted by Diane Bailey
a resident of another community
on Jul 16, 2020 at 2:28 pm

Menlo Park City Council really stepped up on this Climate Action Plan with a bold vision and the dedication to continue their much-needed climate leadership in the midst of a pandemic and difficult economic outlook. Huge thanks to Mayor Taylor, City Council Members, and the Environmental Quality Commissioners who created a top notch Plan for the City. As Commissioner Gaillard states, this is a smart investment for Menlo Park:

"Altogether, Gaillard said, an expected value analysis model found that if the city were to invest $1.5 million in the city's climate action plan, it could avoid an estimated $144 million in future costs."

Menlo Spark will be there to work with the City and help support the Climate Measures in this Plan to make them successful towards a zero carbon, clean energy, prosperous future for Menlo Park.

Posted by Whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 16, 2020 at 4:28 pm

Well I can see this going on the ballot. It's almost like the thought police. What do they expect people to do when there are major power outages? You can always cook and get hot water with gas. Folks are going to hate the added cost of using electricity over gas. Yep definitely see the whole thing becoming a very expensive ballot issue.
We and I suspect many others enjoy our gas furnaces, gas water heaters, gas dryers and gas stove tops.
Wonder if folks will start putting in LPG and propane tanks.

Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jul 16, 2020 at 4:31 pm

Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth, a economic collapse greater than the Great Depression is unfolding. But doubtless the utopian planners of the Menlo Park City Council have factored this into their detailed plans to manage the lives of their residents.

Posted by Whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 16, 2020 at 4:35 pm

One more thing how many houses, apts, commercial buildings would have to rewire to handle the increases in amperage used? That is very very expensive! You'll see a lot of double and triple lugging on older electrical panels. Would current electricity loads on outside wiring be sufficient?

Posted by S Fernandez
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 16, 2020 at 5:41 pm

Making the transition from gas + electric to fully electric easier and less costly can facilitate this transition. We are in the middle of it. PG&E wanted to charge us $3,000 just to cut our gas permanently. Needless to say, the gas still reaches our home, even though we use no gas. It has taken us 1 year to get PG&E to approve our project of increasing the power in our electrical panel. We have to update the pipes where the wires go from the PG&E connection to our home, meaning digging a 15 feet trench to put the new pipes. We had to dig close to the gas pipe that still is active (because of the $3,000 PG&E fee). The cost of the trenching and updating pipe where the new wires run is going to be more than $5,000. Meanwhile, San Francisco works with the existing infrastructure and allows existing homes to convert to all-electric to run the new wires through the existing wire pipes. If we are really serious about moving to cleaner energies, the city and PG&E need to be realistic about how to convert existing homes. Otherwise only the new homes will be fully electric.

Posted by Much Ado About Nothing
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jul 16, 2020 at 8:28 pm

The Council has said the goals are aspirational and they need to work with the community to figure out what residents want. This is hardly something to get upset about. No need to get covid cranky over it.

"We cannot be Pollyannaish there will be backlash when we have this discussion," Mueller said. "We have to figure out what the community is willing to accept, and, candidly, we may not be able to get there all the way."

"These goals are aspirational, and they're meant to be aspirational," Councilwoman Betsy Nash said.

Posted by 2nd Great Depression
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jul 19, 2020 at 1:21 pm

> Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth, a economic collapse greater than the Great Depression is unfolding.

This is true - the Trump Pandemic Response has been an utter failure, destroying lives and the economy. Instead of shutting down once and crushing the virus, followed with effective testing and tracing like other successful countries. So sad!

Local moves like this, and other components of a GND-style recovery plan will rebuild the economy. Now is the time!

Posted by James Caldwell
a resident of another community
on Jul 25, 2020 at 6:43 pm

Very inspiring that Menlo Park is taking leadership and setting examples.

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