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Climate nonprofit funded by Laurene Powell Jobs hires high-powered state official

Original post made on Aug 13, 2022

Having pledged more than $3 billion to address climate change and communities, Laurene Powell Jobs' Waverley Street Foundation has hired California Secretary for Environmental Protection Jared Blumenfeld as its inaugural president.

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 13, 2022 at 6:40 pm

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Is he planning to work in China and/or India? B/c that's where the emissions are.

Is Lauren Powell Jobs the next George Soros?

Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 13, 2022 at 8:27 pm

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I very much hope the foundation's work involves improving people's lives and livelihoods rather than just taking things away as seems to so often be the proposal these days. I look forward to reading the details of the foundation's work when published online.

Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2022 at 9:12 am

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Citizen - As to which country is now the biggest carbon emitter worldwide, it depends whether you are looking at over all emissions (China) or per capita emissions (United States - which is also #2 in overall emissions).

I look forward to seeing what becomes of the Foundations work and wish it well.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 14, 2022 at 1:09 pm

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Does any of the $3Billion help locals - like any of the 10,000 unhoused in this valley of virtual creation. How about local famines? What about campaign contribution to help elect local city progressive climate advocates and those who support housing for all.

Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 14, 2022 at 2:01 pm

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It's a common if plausible misconception that the US is the top per capita emitter. We've actually gotten a lot better over the past decade or more to the point where we are now number 11. (from the New York Times: "According to the World Bank, the United States falls in 11th place worldwide, not first place. (The top emitter per capita is Qatar.)

Among the peer countries with higher per capita emissions than ours are Canada and Australia.

China emits more than double the annual greenhouse gases than we do. If it continues to increase emissions as it has said it will do, by 2030 it will not only be the largest cumulative emitter over all history, but also match the US in per capita emissions. They've got less than 10 years to start reducing their emissions before they have no excuses left.

Posted by Spectator at Large
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 15, 2022 at 1:15 pm

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Thank you for contributing to a cause worth supporting.

Glad to see such a highly qualified leader at the helm.

Steve would be proud of where these dollars are going.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 15, 2022 at 1:51 pm

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Ed Begley, Jr. is one of the very, very few celebrities (in his case, from Hollywood) who took actual personal action to help the environment.
He rode his bike to the Academy Awards in 2015, among other actions.
He had a pleasant, informative tv show.

I do not follow self-proclaimed “leaders” who are hypocrites.

I do respect educated scientists, professors, high quality nonprofits concerned with the environment, energy, etc.
Meanwhile, numerous celebrities from government, social media, entertainment are hypocrites and have multiple huge homes, luxury vehicles/vessels/aircraft and live a very large - consuming lifestyle, quite heedless, sometimes while pontificating via media to “the masses.”
I will not be lectured to by these random entitled narcissists.

Posted by John
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 15, 2022 at 2:53 pm

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