Amanda Witherell

We've been greenwashed!

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Ha! I love this. Somebody over at Venables Bell, PG&E's big greenwashing firm, isn't paying attention at all. What a gaffe. And last year the corporation paid them $5,678,182 from a $6,855,643 ad budget. Five million bucks and you run ads in the Bay Guardian? Whoops. I hope we're charging top dollar.

Weigh in on the peakers

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The city’s proposal to build two fossil-fuel burning “peaking” power plants on our precious peninsula (one in Portrero/Bayview, the other at the airport) has become a hot topic.

On one side we have Supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier, Chris Daly, and Ross Mirkarimi, allied with PG&E and a host of environmental groups and activists like the Sierra Club, GreenAction, SPUR, and Van Jones, who think building any fossil fuel plants – even if they burn the cleanest fuel available – is a bad idea. Read more »

Peaker plan afloat

Strange political alliance opposes city plan for new fossil fuel power plants and looks for creative alternatives
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amanda@sfbg.com

A proposal to build two natural gas–fired power plants is still floating through the city's planning process, set for approval by the Board of Supervisors as soon as May, but no one seems truly comfortable with the deal.

"It's not my first choice or my second choice, but it's the choice I have," Board president Aaron Peskin told the Guardian. Read more »

Where Rainbow Grocery $ really goes

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Happy Earth Day everyone! Here's a little present for you to print out and hang on your fridge.

GOOD Magazine put together a very handy guide to the big bad corporations that have co-opted the natural food companies you know and love. It's sad, folks. Some, like the Odwalla-Coca Cola connection aren't breaking news, but man, I didn't know Dagoba was in bed with Hershey. Read more »

Take that, PG&E!

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And congratulations go out to San Joaquin Valley Power Authority, which has reached a settlement agreement with PG&E over how the utility company has been behaving itself with regards to Community Choice Aggregation (CCA.) Best part: PG&E has to pay. Read more »

Dark days

Why is it so hard to get solar power in San Francisco?
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amanda@sfbg.com

sarah@sfbg.com

Like a lot of San Franciscans, John Murphy wants to put solar panels on his roof. He's worried about the environment, but it's also about money: "I want it to pay for all my electricity," he said one recent evening as we chatted in front of his house.Read more »

Chevron spinning out

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Yuck. Ecuadorian oil pit. All cleaned up, you say? Read more »

SF's new deal for fossil fuel plants

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The SF Public Utilities Commission and the Board of Supervisors will soon be hearing details of a new contract to build two fossil fuel-burning power plants in the city. JPower, an Illinois-based subsidiary of the national power company of Japan, backed out of a deal to build a plant for the city when, back in October, the Board and PUC urged city staffers to pursue a city-owned operation instead. Read more »

Does the climate need more PR?

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Al Gore is spending $300 million on ads to tell us some more about climate change and what we can do. It's called "we." Doesn't that sound like fun?

Actually, does anyone else find this a little insulting and/or disturbing? Who hasn't gotten the message? Wasn't An Inconvenient Truth a big, giant ad for how fucked we are?

We get it! Why spend three years and $300 million to tell us some more about global warming? Read more »

Chevron slapped with highest eco-fine ever

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Chevron may have to pay as much as $16 billion in damages for polluting parts of Ecuador, according to a report released today as part of a 15-year lawsuit against the San Ramon-based petroleum company. The report estimated $7 billion as the lower pricetag, for clean-up, soil remediation, and compensation to locals for health care costs and ecosystem loss. Read more »