The Environment

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It is important that the Mayor be an excellent communicator – communication skills are critical to one’s ability to pitch projects, and to guarantee and deliver success. I am the only candidate in this race with over a decade of radio and television experience and have proven my ability to be an effective communicator in this campaign. I will continue to be the candidate that offers new ideas and viable solutions relating to the environment. I will point out to both labor and business that opportunities are endless for improving our environment and those opportunities include both labor and business and a healthier environment benefits everyone. As business leaders recognize that a cleaner environment improves the value of their businesses and makes LA a more attractive place for others to do business, viable plans and the implementation of new technologies become more real.

Being environmentally aware is not an option, it’s a moral imperative, and with proper planning and implementation of new technology, it makes good business sense and can be accomplished with less expense than thought. In addition, the business opportunities for developing, marketing and installing new environmental solutions are significant.

Through my campaign, and as Mayor, I will continue to promote ways to utilize the benefits of available new energy saving technologies such as residential fuel cells (which I discussed at the ABC 7 Mayoral debate), incentives to install geothermal cooling and heating (which I also discussed at the debate), to make sure that we reach our solar capacity the right way and the best way for LA residents, and to find ways to better distribute the generation of power to reduce line loss and increase the health of the power grid. I will work to find new ways to fund incubators for new businesses that offer promising ways for improving the environment, particularly businesses offering new technologies.

Repeating slogans is not going to deliver the success our city needs. Rather, setting a realistic schedule for environmental improvements taking into account the capacity of our current infrastructure, and holding people accountable for the metrics of our plans and for achieving results is what counts. As Mayor, I will ensure that all department heads implement an accountability system for all tasks, including environmental, so progress can be tracked and so people can be held accountable for not getting things done on time and on budget.

As I stated during the Mayoral Debate on ABC7, the city should work with Advanced Cleanup Technologies, Inc. and their Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System (AMECS) (www.advancedcleanup.com) which removes criteria pollutants, Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Sulfur Oxides (SOx) and Particulate Matter (PM) from exhaust gases from auxiliary engines and boilers while ships are docked. In addition, this company has the same technology for rail/trains called Advanced Locomotive Emissions Control System.

Second, I would also support the privately funded Green Rail Intelligent Development (GRID) container transport system. http://planetforward.org/idea/the-grid-project-green-rail-intelligent-development/
The GRID system would eliminate millions of truck trips each year in moving containers inland from the port. The GRID system and AMECS and ALECS (Advanced Locomotive Emission Control System) will be built and maintained by union workers and will be job creators. In other words, there will be significant net job gains with the implementation of these new technologies. The increased capacity of the port through the implementation of the GRID technology results in an increased demand for port workers.

Third, as Mayor, I will continue to promote ways to utilize the benefits of available new energy saving technologies such as residential fuel cells that now present a promising approach to solving today’s energy needs. These are cost-effective, hyper-efficient fuel cells suited to a range of both commercial and residential applications. These fuel cell systems operate at up to 90% system efficiency in combined heat and power applications, reducing energy costs by up to 50% and carbon emissions by 40%. About the size of a refrigerator, the fuel cell module hooks up to your natural gas supply.

Fourth, I will support incentives to install geothermal cooling and heating. Geothermal energy is recognized by some as the greenest heating and cooling system available for those looking for an efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly heating/cooling system. These systems are available in Los Angeles and the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory concluded that geothermal energy is more efficient and cost-effective when compared with conventional residential systems.

Fifth, I will work to make sure that we reach our solar capacity the right way and the best way for LA residents, and to find ways to better distribute the generation of power to reduce line loss and increase the health of the power grid.

Finally, I will work to find new ways to fund incubators for new businesses that offer promising ways for improving the environment, particularly businesses offering new technologies.

As Mayor, I will ensure that all department heads implement an accountability system for all tasks, including environmental, so progress can be tracked and so people can be held accountable for not getting things done on time and on budget.


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