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reach codes

From: domainremoved <Judy>
Date: Sat, 6 Jul 2019 09:43:22 -0700

Dear Members of the City Council,
I am writing to encourage Menlo Park's participation in the Peninsula and Silicon Valley regional initiative to advance building “reach codes.” Adopting reach codes is the single biggest climate action that the city can take this year.

Until recently, I myself did not realize that natural gas has a greater climate effect than electricity. In this region, electricity created by solar and wind power is plentiful enough that it has reached a tipping point to make this source of electricity as or more efficient than gas. We can bypass the extraction of natural gass, a fossil fuel that exacerbates climate change, and go directly from sun and wind power to electricity.

So it makes sense to adopt reach codes for new buildings. It is the morally and ethically responsible thing to do. It will set an example for other cities in our regions and even nation-wide. It will model a way for municipalities to care for our children and grandchildren, showing others that simply adopting building and vehicle codes can contribute to solving our climate crisis. And we are therefore not contributing to the extremely harmful use of fracking to extract natural gas from the earth, causing local and worldwide pollution.

In addition, electrical buildings are safer, as there is no risk of harmful indoor methane pollution or gas-caused fires; and they are cheaper to construct—saving as much as $6,000 in building costs. Not only that, each new electric home will save four tons of carbon every year.

I understand that the City Council will be considering reach codes on July 16. I encourage you to move forward on this important item, and join the 15 cities that have already made a commitment to develop reach codes in time to join with the statewide standards that go into effect at the beginning of next year.

Judy Windt

239 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park
Received on Sat Jul 06 2019 - 09:37:08 PDT

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