PGandamp;E pays to offset Democrats’ carbon emissions |

PGandamp;E pays to offset Democrats’ carbon emissions

SACRAMENTO (AP) _ California Democrats have recruited Pacific Gas andamp; Electric Co. to offset carbon emissions related to the national party convention this summer.The state’s largest utility will buy $8,440 worth of carbon credits that will come from a Northern California redwood forest.”We want to make sure we go to a city like Denver to show that even though we’re a big delegation, we think about making a small impact,” state Democratic Party Chairman Art Torres said.California’s is the first Democratic delegation to announce such an arrangement as part of a national push by the Democratic Party to reduce or offset carbon output at its convention, Torres said.State party officials asked PGandamp;E an influential utility with business interests before the Legislature and state agencies to cover the average carbon emissions generated by its 441 delegates, and 62 alternates, committee members and staff. It amounts to $10 a person.The idea is to offset the carbon dioxide emitted by the airplanes and taxis that shuttle delegates into and around Denver during the Aug. 25-28 convention.PGandamp;E is the latest corporation covering expenses for California delegations attending both the Democratic and Republican national conventions. Other donors have pledged to cover transportation, catering, wages and other expenses. In exchange, they gain access to influential lawmakers and party power brokers.”It’s a great move by the Democratic Party to have somebody else pick up the tab,” said Robert Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles and former general counsel of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. “Why wouldn’t they ask each delegate to chip in $10?”Former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, said many delegates especially college students are living on a fixed income and can’t afford to pay for the extras.PGandamp;E’s contribution will come from shareholder money, utility spokesman Keely Wachs said.The money will buy 844 tons of carbon to be absorbed by the 24,000-acre Garcia River Forest in Mendocino County owned by the nonprofit Conservation Fund.The group manages the coastal forest to store more carbon dioxide than if the forest were left to grow naturally or cut aggressively for timber sales. It follows forestry management standards endorsed by the California Air Resources Board.

Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User