Amanda Witherell

How is that gratitude?

Cafe Gratitude just wants unbleached linens; instead, they've got a lawsuit
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amanda@sfbg.com

GREEN CITY Doing the right thing often costs a little more. Organic food, solar panels, and compact fluorescent lightbulbs are all pricier than conventional options. But Café Gratitude is now adding legal fees to the cost of going green for terminating a linen service contract in order to use unbleached cotton napkins in its four restaurants.

It's hard to imagine how a restaurant could be any more humane, sustainable, and environmentally conscious. Read more »

More nuclear on the bill

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by Amanda Witherell

It's taken awhile, but Congress is finally moving toward federal legislation that would combat global warming in concert with the 2007 Energy Bill. The first of possible options was introduced today by New Mexico's Senator Jeff Bingaman, and calls for all states to generate or purchase 15 percent of their power from renewable sources. Read more »

Raised eyebrow

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by Amanda Witherell

The best part of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's speech today in front of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce came after the closing remarks when everyone was leaving and the guy sitting next to me said, "Did he even say anything about energy?" Good question, given that we were seated in the inner sanctum of PG&E's 77 Beale Street corporate headquarters. Read more »

PG&E LOVES ME!!!!

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by Amanda Witherell

That's the only explanation I can come up with. They love me. They're fascinated by everything I write about them and they're dying to get to know me better. That must be it.

Or at least that's what it seemed like the other night at this little shindig I went to at the Monte Cristo Cafe down at the Embarcadero. Read more »

Sometimes it's just too easy

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by Amanda Witherell

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The pugnacious Nathan Nayman photo courtesy of examiner.com

Now, I know it's easy to get really jealous when other people write better than you do but plagiarism is still the deadliest of sins when it comes to putting the word out.

But don't let that stop Nathan Nayman! Read more »

Nuclear greenwashing

Global warming has suddenly put nukes back on the agenda — but there's a lot the industry isn't telling you
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Patrick Moore's presentation isn't as slick as Al Gore's. The slides he shows lack a certain visual panache and don't compare to the ones in An Inconvenient Truth. Read more »

Green City

Green City: The sustainability tribe
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GREEN CITY I spent my undergraduate years at a microscopic liberal arts college set in the shadow of a national park on an island in Maine — a remote idyll where people abhor locking their doors and you can almost smell the Atlantic whale migration when a southeastern wind blows.

The college is overtly environmental and so small it's possible to practice what's preached: food is grown on the school's farm, students cycle around on communal bikes, ceremonies strive to be zero-waste. Read more »

Public power, underground

Daly seeks plan to create city utility system, block by block
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Public power advocates are looking for new ways to lay the groundwork for city-owned electricity — by just opening up the ground.

The plan could be a significant step forward for the public power movement and may open a new front in the long campaign to replace Pacific Gas and Electric Co. with a city-run agency.

Sup. Chris Daly has asked the city attorney to draft legislation that would require anyone who digs up a city street, for any reason, to install city-owned power and fiber-optic cables in the hole. Read more »

Deleting accountability

Sunshine Ordinance Task Force says Newsom's destroying public records
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Public records are coming in pretty handy these days. Congress is using them to investigate the relationship between the Republican National Committee and the firing of eight attorneys general, and as with many investigations that use documents to uncover malfeasance, some key documents are missing — in this case Karl Rove e-mails.

It seems Mayor Gavin Newsom's office also has a penchant for the delete key, according to findings of the city's Sunshine Ordinance Task Force. Read more »

Stop Breeding

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by Amanda Witherell

I don't know how you were feeling after you saw Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, but my first thought was, "Wow, I'm definitely not having children. The year 2050 is going to suck for them."

Some Brits agree.