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Regarding J3 on tonight's agenda (2nd of two different emails on this topic)

From: domainremoved <Cherie>
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2019 14:01:00 -0700

Dear City Council members,

A city in Texas recently implemented the kind of energy program you are advocating—one aimed at eradicating the use of fossil fuels. The city switched to using as much solar and wind energy sources as possible. Here’s an article you might want to read on this city’s experience: 'Green New Deal' preview? Texas town's lofty environmentalism leaves residents with a nightmare

Here’s a link to the article:

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/green-new-deal-preview-texas-town-environmentalism-chuck-devore <https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/green-new-deal-preview-texas-town-environmentalism-chuck-devore>

And here’s an excerpt:

"Trouble started when politicians’ promise of cheaper renewable energy was mugged by reality. Georgetown’s electric bills went up as more wind and solar power displaced cheaper natural gas in the power portfolio of the Georgetown’s municipal utility. Politicians scrambled for cover. And the bloom came off Georgetown’s renewable rose.
Now, largely embarrassed members of the City Council are trying to figure out how to unwind the renewable mess they and their predecessors voted themselves into.
With their municipal utility facing a $7 million shortfall – money that has to be made up by the city residents through higher electricity costs…. On Aug. 13 the Council voted 5-0 to officially kill the deal.”

I urge you, Menlo Park City Council members, to shelve the ordinance that would ban gas in new construction. Too many downsides to it, including unintended consequences, as well as potential CEQA issues as raised in my previous letter.

Sincerely,

Cherie Zaslawsky
Received on Tue Sep 24 2019 - 13:53:16 PDT

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