Nevada City presentation: cutting carbon via the marketplace |

Nevada City presentation: cutting carbon via the marketplace

A workshop on carbon pricing marketplace strategies will take place at 7 p.m. on May 16 in the Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Donations are welcome. Scientists estimate that the world has around 12 years to get control of greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis. We must curtail our use of the fossil fuels that are pervasive throughout our economy. Our choices appear stark — start paying now, or likely pay much more later in terms of health, safety and economic impact.

But increasing the cost of fossil fuels will impact the economy, so how can this cost impose the least burden to consumers? Ideas and opinions abound, and soon citizens will evaluate the political candidates and their platforms on the climate crisis to decide whose approach is most sensible.

This workshop explores carbon pricing marketplace strategies in place now and the results. Have greenhouse gases been reduced, and by how much? Has it had a negative or positive impact on taxpayers and the economy? What current legislative proposals might be effective in cutting carbon use?

Three guest speakers who are well-versed in climate-related topics will provide a fact-based overview of the existing California Cap and Trade system and British Columbia, Canada’s Fee and Dividend system. A U.S. proposal, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act introduced into Congress this year, will also be summarized.

Following the overview, the audience is encouraged to participate in a facilitated discussion on the material covered as well as other possible approaches.

Speakers will include:

Ray Darby, founder of the Sustainable Energy Group in Nevada County. He is an energy engineer who has worked over 10 years with the California Energy Commission as well as 30 years in private business on energy research and design, standards and installation of energy systems.

Renata Langis, a member of the Working Group supporting the City of Grass Valley’s Energy Action Plan (EAP). The group is a coalition of local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community members helping to implement the Plan’s road map for accelerating energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy efforts. Current members include representatives from Sierra Business Council, the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Energy Group, Nevada City Climate Action Now, and Cal Solar Electric.

Bob Miller, a volunteer with the Nevada County chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby who speaks locally on the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Doors open at 7 and the program begins at 7:15 p.m. Donations are welcome. For more information contact Debbie Gibbs at 530-272-4994 or

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