As you've all seen by now, Al Gore is saying we need to go clean within 10 years. That is why he showed up at Netroots Nation. Today, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is launching his campaign for Governor online at the Netroots Nation conference in Austin. But the big question for Newsom is whether he is a third as committed as to fighting Global Warming as Gore. You see, there is a potential ballot initiative in San Francisco to go 100% green, not in 10 years, but by 2040: The Clean Energy Act. Sounds common sense for a gubernoratorial candidate to support you think, but Newsom's consultant is already blanketing the city with lies about the idea of San Francisco kicking the habit. Tim Redmond says in this week's San Francisco Bay Guardian:
A progressive measure that would make San Francisco one of the greenest cities in the nation will be on the ballot this fall. It's designed to lower energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote green-collar jobs. It has all the elements that Mayor Gavin Newsom has been talking about in his high-profile speeches, press conferences, and celebrity appearances. It's a perfect vehicle for a mayor who wants to stand out as a candidate for governor of California. It has the backing of some of Newsom's close allies, like state Sen. Mark Leno.
That's why Newsom ought to support the Clean Energy Act.
Indeed. As a young San Franciscan who will deal with the fallout of Global Warming, I hope Newsom will follow the best practices of hundreds of cities. Cause you do what you've done and you'll get what you've got -- PG&E has shown they are far more interested in greenwashing than green jobs and green energy. I want to see this pass, I'd even be willing to work on it despite not working on a citywide in SF since working for Newsom's first mayoral election. Will he greenwash today or lead 1/3 as much as Al Gore?
UPDATE: So Newsom gave a great speech supporting exactly what the Clean Energy Act will do. So will he side with his political consultants or with his beliefs on moving towards clean energy? Will he support the Clean Energy Act?