Thanks for the invitation, David. It's great to know that people in San Diego are organizing to envision and work toward a more sustainable city!
--- On Wed, 1/28/09, Dave Fogel <[address removed]> wrote:
> From: Dave Fogel <[address removed]>
> Subject: [newurbanism-101] Join The San Diego Plan B Coalition!
> To: [address removed]
> Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 2:53 PM
> Hello San Diego Sustainable Development Meetup Group!
> I wanted to invite you all to join The San Diego Plan B
> Coalition. This is a group of like minded individuals, who
> are endeavoring to make positive environmental change a
> reality here in San Diego as well as across the country and
> the world. This group is based upon the data compiled and
> strategies proposed in the book Plan B 3.0 by Lester Brown
> of The Earth Policy Institute. I wanted to post here at the
> sustainable development group because the book does discuss
> how to design cities for people in a sustainable renewable
> way, and not for cars and parking lots as we have
> increasingly done. It advocates for incorporating cities
> into our environment rather than make them a separate entity
> outside of it.
> This book is a road map of how we can help solve our
> climate crises and well as other problems affecting our
> environment. It outlines our many social and environmental
> problems that are contributing to the degradation of our
> natural ecosystems, but also presents solutions and ways to
> counteract those harmful effects.
> Our three main goals are to educate ourselves of the
> immediacy of our environmental problems and their possible
> solutions, to simplify the work presented in the book in a
> way that can be easily digested by the average San
> Diegan/American, and to enact change in our individual lives
> as well as work with local politicians to help change our
> There are many things we can do as individuals, and as a
> community to combat climate change, as well as the many
> ecosystems being put under stress or destroyed. I welcome
> all of you to join this group, and help enact positive
> change that will greatly benefit our environment.
> This group is free, as well as the book. It of course be
> purchased in paperback, but a free .pdf version is online at
> the Earth Policy Institute website. I look forward to
> meeting many of you at our group meetings!
> Thank you,
> Dave Fogel
> Plan B 3.0 description;
> Experts were ���stunned��� this past summer by the loss of
> Arctic sea ice. An area almost twice the size of Britain
> disappeared in a single week.
> The Greenland ice cap is melting so fast that it is
> triggering minor earthquakes as pieces of ice weighing
> several billion tons break off the ice sheet and slide into
> the sea. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is also melting faster
> than predicted.
> If we cannot curb CO2 emissions quickly enough to save
> these two huge ice sheets, sea level will rise 39 feet,
> inundating many of the world���s coastal cities and creating
> over 600 million rising-sea refugees.
> The annual addition of 70 million people to world
> population is concentrated in countries where water tables
> are falling and wells are going dry, forests are shrinking,
> soils are eroding, and grasslands are turning into desert.
> In countries overwhelmed by these trends, weaker governments
> are breaking down. Each year the number of failing states
> increases. Failing states are an early sign of a failing
> With business-as-usual (Plan A), these trends will
> continue. More and more states will fail until civilization
> itself begins to unravel.
> We do not have much time. We are crossing natural
> thresholds that we cannot see and violating deadlines that
> we do not recognize. These deadlines are set by nature.
> Nature is the timekeeper, but we cannot see the clock.
> Time for Plan B
> Plan B 3.0 is a comprehensive plan for reversing the trends
> that are undermining civilization. Its four overriding goals
> are climate stabilization, population stabilization, poverty
> eradication, and the restoration of the earth���s
> At the heart of the climate-stabilizing initiative is a
> detailed plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent by
> 2020 in order to hold the world temperature rise to a
> minimum. This initiative has three components���raising
> energy efficiency, developing renewable sources of energy,
> and expanding the earth���s forest cover. The goal is to
> back out all coal-fired power plants.
> Although efforts have been made in recent decades to raise
> the efficiency of energy use, the potential is still largely
> untapped. Perhaps the quickest, easiest, and most profitable
> way to cut carbon emissions worldwide is simply to replace
> incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs that use
> only a fourth as much electricity. Turning to more efficient
> light bulbs can reduce world electricity use 12
> percent���enough to close 705 of the world���s coal-fired
> power plants.
> In the United States, buildings���commercial and
> residential���account for 70 percent of electricity use and
> over 38 percent of carbon emissions. Retrofitting an
> existing building typically can cut energy use by 20���50
> percent. The next step, shifting to carbon-free electricity
> to heat, cool, and light the building completes the
> transformation to a zero-carbon emissions building.
> Centerpiece of the New Energy Economy ��� Wind
> Wind is the centerpiece of the Plan B energy economy. It is
> abundant, low cost, and widely distributed; it scales
> easily, and can be developed quickly. Oil wells go dry and
> coal seams run out, but the earth���s wind resources cannot
> be depleted.
> The goal of this climate-stabilizing initiative is to
> develop at wartime speed 3 million megawatts of
> wind-generating capacity by 2020, enough to supply 40
> percent of the world���s electricity needs. This would take
> the manufacturing of 1.5 million wind turbines of 2
> megawatts each. These turbines could be produced on assembly
> lines by reopening closed automobile plants, much as bombers
> were assembled in auto plants during World War II.
> Energy from the Sun
> Solar technologies provide exciting opportunities for
> getting us off the carbon treadmill. For instance, rooftop
> solar water heaters are spreading fast in Europe and China.
> Large-scale solar thermal power plants are under
> construction or planned in California, Florida, Spain, and
> Algeria. Solar-electric cell sales are doubling every two
> A New Automotive Fuel Economy
> The combination of advanced-design wind turbines and
> gas-electric hybrid cars has set the stage for the evolution
> of an entirely new automotive fuel economy. If the battery
> storage of the typical hybrid car is expanded and a plug-in
> capacity is installed so the batteries can be recharged at
> night, then we could do our short-distance
> driving���commuting to work, grocery shopping, etc.���almost
> entirely with cheap, wind-generated electricity.
> This would permit us to not only run our cars largely on
> renewable electricity, but at the gasoline-equivalent cost
> of less than $1 per gallon. Five major automakers are coming
> to market with plug-in hybrids.
> Moving Down the Food Chain
> Perhaps not surprisingly, what we eat also affects climate.
> The energy used to provide the typical American diet and
> that used for personal transportation are roughly the same.
> A plant-based diet requires roughly one fourth as much
> energy as a diet rich in red meat. Shifting from a diet rich
> in red meat to a plant-based diet cuts greenhouse gas
> emissions as much as shifting from a Suburban SUV to a
> The Key Policy Initiative
> The key to restructuring the world energy economy is to get
> the market to tell the environmental truth. To do this, we
> propose lowering income taxes and offsetting this with a
> carbon tax that will reflect the costs of climate disruption
> and air pollution. We propose a worldwide carbon tax of $240
> per ton to be phased in at the rate of $20 per year between
> 2008 and 2020. This initiative, which would be offset at
> every step of the way with a matching reduction in income
> taxes, would discourage fossil fuel use and encourage
> investment in renewable sources of energy.
> What We Need To Do Is Doable
> The goals laid out in Plan B 3.0 for developing renewable
> sources of energy by 2020 are based not on what is
> conventionally believed to be politically feasible but on
> what we think is needed to prevent irreversible climate
> change. This is not Plan A: business-as-usual. This is Plan
> B: an all-out response proportionate to the threat global
> warming presents to our future.
> Things are moving on the renewable energy front. Sixty
> million Europeans now get their residential electricity from
> wind farms. Nearly 40 million Chinese homes get their hot
> water from rooftop solar-water heaters. Iceland now heats 90
> percent of its homes with geothermal energy, virtually
> eliminating the use of coal for home heating. The
> Philippines gets 25 percent of its electricity from
> geothermal power plants.
> We have the technologies to build a new economy, one that
> will be powered with energy sources that will last as long
> as the sun itself. What we need now is to mobilize the
> political will.
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