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The county is already doing a lot on climate change. We were one of the first counties to have a climate action plan, we also established Valley Clean Energy, that provides an alternative source of energy that uses much less carbon than you get from PG&E. I’m also supporting taking over PG&E’s infrastructure if we’re able to do that so that we can so that we can have a successful effort at reducing carbon (footprint).
The climate crisis – we need to do more. I suggest that we set a goal of 100 percent renewable energy and a commitment to net zero carbon by 2040. David Abramson has talked about this and I agree. This is something that, you set it as a goal, then you go about to get everyone together and you do it. Yolo County can’t do it on its own. But what we can do is get together with the cities and other government organizations in the county, form a joint power authority and figure out how we’re going to get there.
President Kennedy, when he announced that we were going to put a person on the moon by the end of the decade, pointed out that we’re going to do it – that’s our goal. He had no idea how we were going to do it and, guess what, the engineers didn’t either. They heard it, and they panicked, but they did it. That’s what we need to do.
We will set an example in Yolo County, other governments will do it and it will be change from the bottom up. This is a crisis that could cause mass starvation, could cause death of billions in the world and we’ve got to be part of the solution.
(Response is a transcript from LWV Election Forum. Transcription by Davis Vanguard)