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  •  those are 2009 articles (0+ / 0-)

    so in 2013, where are they now?

    What percent of the taxi fleet is hybrids?

    What percent of the trash trucks are bybrids?

    how many buildings have solar arrays?

    What do they have for wind turbines in the bay?

    •  sounds to me like you're moving the goal posts (2+ / 0-)
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      julesrules39, liberated spaces

      I'm not going to do all the work for you, Google is your friend if you'd like to find the exact up to date numbers. What I can tell you is that the city of SF has set very ambitious goals to reduce its footprint, like Zero Waste by 2020. But if you're really asking SF to become "carbon-free" I will have to concede, because I'd have to stop breathing right now.

      Ecology is the new Economy

      by citisven on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:57:04 AM PDT

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      •  i'm all in favor of a 90% carbon reduction (2+ / 0-)
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        julesrules39, citisven

        by cities...

        And what you posted was ambitious goals and starts,
        I really, honestly was wondering if you knew how it was going.

        As someone who is local, you know more about
        the local programs.

        •  sure, here it is (2+ / 0-)
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          Hybrid Taxi fleet, 92% as of last year.

          More than 92 percent of The City’s roughly 1,500 taxicabs are hybrid vehicles or powered by alternative energy such as compressed natural gas. As a result, San Francisco has been able to far outpace the goals set in a 2008 ordinance designed to reduce taxicab emissions.

          That legislation set a 2012 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent of 1990 levels. In fact, such emissions have been reduced by 49 percent, city officials say.

          garbage trucks: 100% as of 2007
          Our entire fleet of collection and transfer trucks, more than 385 vehicles, runs on alternative fuel.
          Solar Map of San Francisco: not sure about the exact percentage, but take a look at the map. There is certainly room for improvement and the city is dedicated to getting as many solar roofs as possible. They're just restarting their GoSolarSF initiative again which has helped over 2,000 homeowners, tenants, businesses and nonprofits install solar panels since 2008, and the CleanPowerSF initiative about to launch (see below) is really going to ramp it up. Of course, compared to Germany they're obviously lagging but that's not entirely the city's fault but the lack of a large scale federal feed in tariff the way Germany has done.

          Also, check out the city's climate action plan, which establishes greenhouse gas reduction targets of 20% below 1990 levels by 2012 (from San Francisco’s 2002 resolution), 25% below 1990 levels by 2017, 40% below 1990 levels by 2025, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 (from California’s 2005 executive order). I think they're lagging behind the 2012 goal, but the Clean Power SF program which will go into effect this year providing a quarter of SF households with 100% clean energy (including new wind farms being planned all over NorCal):

          San Francisco set climate action goals of reducing emissions by 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2017 and 80 percent below those levels by 2050. According to Ed Harrington, General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Clean Power SF offers "the only chance of reaching those goals."  

          Harrington also noted that Clean Power SF is "an incredibly efficient way to spend money...the City has spent $90 million on solar and other renewable energy projects that power fewer than 7,000 homes, whereas this $19.5 million will power 90,000 households." The program will initially include about 90,000 customers, or roughly a quarter of the city's residential ratepayers.

          Ecology is the new Economy

          by citisven on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 10:24:43 AM PDT

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      •  portugal is almost 70% renewable electricity (2+ / 0-)
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        by source,

        germany is at 25%, with months exceeding 50% and
        days that have hit 100%.

        now we need to show the demand side can be made renewable.  

        If cities can go to 90% carbon free, it's a big deal.

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