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San Diego's - 'Climate Action Plan'


Last updated 4/10/2016 at 3:36am

San Diego’s ‘Climate Action Plan’ aims to make it a national leader by switching to entirely clean energy by 2035. This month will see the first outline released, with Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer stating the aim to eliminate fossil fuel-based power "ambitious" but "achievable.". The strategy would make San Diego the most aggressive in the nation on tackling climate change.

As with anything else, the scheme has its supporters and critics alike who all acknowledge that the path forward will be arduous with both sides battling the change. San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E) filed paperwork with regulators that could allow it to lobby and advertise against plans to move to community choice aggregation (CCA), which locally is growing in popularity.

"That really different business model would be how we're going to achieve" the 100 percent goal, said City Councilman Todd Gloria, who drafted the climate road map as interim mayor before Faulconer started in 2014. For SDG&E, CCA "would require a business model change that could be pretty drastic for them. They're the first to admit that their entire business model is changing drastically whether they like it or not."

Richard Carson, an economics professor at the University of California, San Diego, said the 100 percent clean power by 2035 goal isn't realistic.

"Anytime an economist hears 'We're going to get rid of all pollution' or 'We're going to get all green power,' not only are they skeptical, but they know it's not true," Carson said. "By 2035 is within the realm of what most serious people would think is technically impossible."


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