Our next monthly meeting of the Solano Climate Policy Action Team is Monday, November 22 at 7pm via Zoom. We are part of the Climate Reality Project, Bay Area Chapter. Our meetings are open to anyone who has the desire to take local action on the climate crisis to help prevent, mitigate and reverse its effects. If you would like to be on our email list, please email bonnie.hamilton@sbcglobal.net.

Clean Energy Alternatives/Community Choice Energy/MCE Update: Dr. Bonnie Hamilton reported that she would meet with the representatives of MCE to get an update on progress of bringing clean energy options into Solano County. MCE provides cleaner energy than PGE at approximately the same cost (sometimes even lower!) to the consumer and promises to provide 90% clean energy within the next year.

MCE’s service area includes the unincorporated parts of Solano County, Benicia, now Vallejo (spring 2021) and Fairfield will come on board in spring 2022. Its service area also includes all of Marin and Napa Counties and parts of Contra Costa County (Am I in MCE's service area? - MCE Community Choice Energy). Vacaville, Suisun City and Dixon were approached by MCE in the past, but at this time there are no plans to join MCE.

MCE is open to working with cities who are interested in signing up, although they will not be actively pursuing enrolling new cities into their program. If you are not in one of the enrolled cities, please consider lobbying your city council to sign up with MCE to help reverse climate change by lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Fairfield Forward General Plan Update: The city of Fairfield is in the process of updating its General Plan (until 2050). Marilyn Farley described the three options presented in the City of Fairfield Alternatives Report. The three Alternatives “are the first major step in defining how the new General Plan will take shape. Alternatives explore different ways in which various types of land uses (such as housing, retail, industrial, parks, etc.) could be located throughout the city in the future. The Alternatives are designed to present a range of choices that allow for community input and evaluation of the impacts associated with different land use decisions” (Alternatives — Fairfield Forward 2050 | City of Fairfield, CA)

Marilyn pointed out that all three options call for development in Suisun Valley, despite clear direction to the contrary following a survey of the people. Because feedback from community members on the Alternatives will lead to the formation of a Preferred Plan, Marilyn encouraged all Fairfield residents to take an active role in the meetings of the Fairfield Planning Commission (CA - 2021 Planning Commission Agendas) and the Fairfield City Council. Several members of the group, including Marilyn Farley and Dr. Bonnie Hamilton spoke at the Planning Commission meeting on October 27 where most of the testimony was in favor of a 4th alternative that would focus on revitalizing central Fairfield, preserve the green space on the borders of the city and would be more climate centered.

No Coal Train: Joe Feller of the Solano Sierra Club described legislation introduced by CA Senator Mike McGuire “to stop one of the largest environmental threats the North Coast has seen in decades” — a proposal from a clandestine operation, hiding behind an anonymous LLC out of Wyoming https://www.kiewit.com/projects/buckskin-mining-company/, that wants to ship millions of tons of coal through the Northern California counties of Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Trinity, and Humboldt. The shadowy rail operation would utilize a portion of the now defunct North Coast rail route, which runs approximately 320 miles between Marin and Humboldt counties. The coal would then be loaded onto ships in Humboldt Bay, sold overseas, and burned.” (McGuire introduces bill to help stop toxic coal train proposal).

The Sierra Club opposes the Coal Train proposal, noting that “Trains moving from San Francisco Bay to Humboldt Bay would release coal dust along the corridor, poisoning communities and potentially contaminating the drinking waters of the Eel River and the Russian River watersheds.” (Secretive Deal to Ship Coal Via Train from SF Bay to Humboldt is a Really Bad Idea) There is also fear that the coal industry will attempt to convert the SF Bay to a deep water port, which would be devastating for our local environment.

Marin/Sonoma Climate Reality Building Electrification and Electric Vehicles Teams: At our last meeting on October 25, Dr. Bonnie Hamilton discussed the activities and goals of the Marin-Sonoma Electrification Squad Meeting — Bay Area Climate Leaders. The purpose of the group is to identify and take actions to get local jurisdictions and citizens to adopt policies that accelerate electrification and decarbonization of homes and other buildings and to enhance electric vehicle infrastructure and use in Marin and Sonoma counties.

Upcoming Climate Events:

2021 United Nations 26th Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26): October 31-November 12 https://ukcop26.org

Sustainable Food, By Default: Wednesday, November 3, 6:00-7:00pm


Electrify Everything, The Future of Farming: Thursday, November 4, 10:15-11:45am

https://ssfworld.org/event/electrify-everything-the-future-of-farming/ COP26 Watch Parties! hosted by the

Climate Reality Bay Area Chapter, Climate Justice Team: Sunday, November 7, 1:00-2:30pm https://www.climaterealitybayarea.org/chapter-events/2021/10/31/cop26-watch-parties-hosted-by-the-climate-justice-team-5tt6s

The Human and Economic Costs of Climate Inaction: Thursday, November 18,10:00-11:30am

Webinar: The Human and Economic Costs of Climate Inaction?

Greenbelt Alliance launch of the Resilience Playbook: December 7, 12:00-1:00pm Resilience Playbook

A Conversation with Ellie Cohen, CEO of The Climate Center: Wednesday, December 8,

6:00-7:00pm https://www.climaterealitybayarea.org/chapter-events/2021/12/8/a-conversation-with-ellie-cohen-ceo-the-climate-center