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Prospect of federal and state funds buoys local environmentalists

Money could lift local efforts to reduce emissions, reach carbon neutrality

by Gennady Sheyner

Energized by expected windfalls from state and federal climate bills, Silicon Valley's elected leaders, industry experts and activists sounded a hopeful note on Nov. 12 as they vowed to accelerate their green initiatives.

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Posted by d page
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 14, 2022 at 9:26 am

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I think your sub-headline got it mostly right, "could lift local efforts to reduce emissions". We've been hearing the same blah, blah, blah for decades, yet pollution amounts continue to grow.
Maybe this time things will be different?

Consider "the federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which allocates...$7,500 in tax credits for newly purchased Electric Vehicles". This is now true only for a small number of EV's. The previous tax credit (before Joe Manchin's IRA) provided the $7,500 to more EV models! What's being touted as an improvement here is actually the opposite.

Several of the higher profile attendees traveled to the meeting via kerosene-burning airplanes. Was that discussed?

There's nothing wrong with celebrating success stories, but let's not promote the idea that someone else is taking care of the problem.

Read the article closely - many of these clean-air efforts are built around each of us getting involved. Note the tax credit for "for consumers who buy heat pumps", and the "Palo Alto...pilot program to convert 1,000 homes from gas heaters to heat pump water heaters". That means you buying heat pumps for your house.

If you've yet to do so, what are you waiting for? With the help of these incentives, it's now cheaper than ever. Maybe it'll still be too expensive, but it doesn't hurt to check it out!

Go to the City of Palo Alto website for more information. The pilot program is a good deal, but it won't work unless considerate people like you make it happen.

Posted by Paly Grad
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Nov 14, 2022 at 7:21 pm

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I would like to see rebates for gardeners who purchase electric leaf blowers. This would lead to a reduction in both air pollution and noise pollution!

Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 15, 2022 at 3:28 am

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@d page
It's my understanding that our local and national greenhouse emissions are declining, not growing.
I hope the Palo Alto pilot hpwh program gives some useful info on the practicalities of residential upgrades.

Posted by MBH
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 15, 2022 at 10:07 am

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I thought this was a wonderful and heartening event, with a good cross-section of high school and college students, concerned citizens of all ages, government workers, politicians and others well represented. The collaborative focus of the speakers at all levels stood out and their messages resonated with the crowd as demonstrated by questions and comments during the speaker panel and in the break-out sessions.

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