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Leading the local fight against global warming

Ann Hancock


As Ann Hancock labors to reduce the output of automobile exhaust and other greenhouse gases in Sonoma County, she knows some people have doubts about whether even the county’s best efforts will have any impact on global warming.

The question occurred to Hancock a decade ago when she and Mike Sandler put Sonoma County and its nine cities on the map as pioneers in local efforts to combat the potentially cataclysmic heating-up of Earth.

They knew from the moment they conceived the Santa Rosa-based Climate Protection Campaign in 2001 that those efforts would produce no scientifically measurable effect on the global problem.

So why bother?

Hancock, 62, continues to believe that what they demonstrate to the world is more essential than what county residents do to reduce man-caused atmospheric warming.

“That’s the most important thing we can do in Sonoma County,” she said. “We can be a shining example.”

Since then, Sandler has become climate protection program manager for the Sonoma County Transportation Authority.

And Hancock has continued to lead the campaign that persuaded the county government and all of the cities to adopt ambitious emission-reduction goals. Along the way, it has set some national precedents and won some notable victories.

In 2010, Sonoma County officials exceeded their goal to cut the year 2000 level of emissions by 20­percent. Most of the county’s 9,125-ton reduction was achieved through renewable-energy projects and making government buildings more energy efficient.

But the county and its nine cities still must overcome huge challenges if they’re going to meet their targets of reducing 1990 greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2015.

“We’re one of the leaders in the country,” Hancock said, “and we have such a long way to go.”

Her goal to make the county a beacon to a warming world tests her optimism and stamina. She knows she walks a fine line as she attempts to win people over without depressing them with the enormity of the problem and the infinitesimal global effect of local action.

Some of Hancock’s favorite people are those who reduce their driving, purchase high-efficiency lightbulbs and in other ways reduce their carbon footprint, while accepting that even all that is insufficient. She urges them to push elected officials to pursue climate-protection innovations and make greenhouse-gas reduction a local, regional, state, national and international priority.

Attempting to reduce one’s impact on the atmosphere, Hancock said, “is still the best ‘act locally, think globally’ example that I can think of.”

Though the emission-reduction efforts by Sonoma County and its cities lag behind what Hancock would like to see, she’s grateful for certain steps forward. One is a $1.5 million grant to the Climate Protection Campaign and county Transportation Authority from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.­They will use it to create a first-of-its-kind ride-sharing program that will allow drivers and passengers to link up through their smartphones.

Also, Hancock invites the public to an office-warming from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the campaign’s new offices at 520 Mendocino Ave., Suite 260, in Santa Rosa. The program it houses has grown to 10 employees and an annual budget of about $620,000, most of it coming from contracts for services, grants, business sponsorships and donations.

Hancock tells visitors her goal is to make the county a source of innovation and action for a world in peril from rising temperatures.

“I don’t want to just make a gesture,” she said. “I really want to make a difference.”

35 Responses to “Leading the local fight against global warming”

  1. Skippy says:

    Thanks Jim,
    “What is the public’s benefit to our membership with this UN sponsored globalist NGO”
    There is nothing in this for free men. It is Big Govt slavery wielded softly at first, but the bludgeon awaits behind the flower.
    “and why won’t the City have a dialogue about it?”
    Because we would fire them all and take back control of our lives. That would reduce their power and force them to get productive jobs.
    We are past due to begin ignoring the illegal edicts of the elitists and start rebelling in word and deed.
    Crush Big Govt before they crush us.
    The New American Revolution is here.

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  2. Jim Bennett says:

    OK Skippy:
    What is the public’s benefit to our membership with this UN sponsored globalist NGO, and why won’t the City have a diologue about it?

    How’s that?

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  3. Skippy says:

    Jeez Jim.
    Will you please quit with the Secret Squirrel stuff and actually TYPE THE WORDS OF “THE QUESTION” on at least one of your posts?
    Thank you.

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  4. Canthisbe says:

    Hancock tells visitors her goal is to make the county a source of innovation and action for a world in peril from rising temperatures.

    “I don’t want to just make a gesture,” she said. “I really want to make a difference.”

    Based on Germany’s experience, we’d be much better of if Hancock would be satisfied with a couple of hundred thousand dollar gesture and not blow billions pretending we are making a real difference.

    In the meantime, Germans have paid about $130 billion for a climate-change policy that has no impact on global warming.

    They have subsidized Chinese jobs and other European countries’ reliance on dirty energy sources. And they have needlessly burdened their economy. As even many German officials would probably attest, governments elsewhere cannot afford to repeat the same mistake.


    Goodnight Sunshine
    Germany is cutting solar-power subsidies because they are expensive and inefficient.

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  5. Canthisbe says:

    “Professor Richard Lindzen is one of the world’s greatest atmospheric physicists: perhaps the greatest. What he doesn’t know about the science behind climate change probably isn’t worth knowing. But even if you weren’t aware of all this, even if you’d come to the talk he gave in the House of Commons this week without prejudice or expectation, I can pretty much guarantee you would have been blown away by his elegant dismissal of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming theory”.
    This is a long read and heavy on data and scientific analysis but before you allow our dear leaders to spend billions of your dollar on the global warming myth, you should read it.

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  6. Jim Bennett says:

    It would appear that there is much doubt
    (to say the least) about ‘global warming’
    among the citizens, you know the ones that flip the bill in our democratic society.
    Yet all of our local government’s policy is based on this postulate that is contentious at best.
    Many of the citizens efforts to have a conversation, an exchange on the subject in effect are being ignored.
    Based on the fundamental changes to our well being, our freedoms, our economy, our rights, not the least of which being our property rights-all rooted in a premise that most seem to disagree with.

    I’d say we have a big problem.

    Concerned citizens will assemble @ 3:00 on Tues. the 28th before the Council meeting to demonstrate our resolve to have our ICLEI membership
    (which imposes this flawed ideology)
    be called into QUESTION.

    It’s time to ask THE QUESTION.

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  7. Jim Bennett says:

    To Canthisbe:
    ‘the wrenching transformation of society’ IS Agenda 21.

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  8. Ca voters so dumb says:

    Wow its amazing that the liberals have convinced so many people that they CAN CONTROL the climate. (At the same time convince them they are too ignorant to pack a decent lunch for their child)
    I read the Jim B. link on Iclei,it looks like an updated version of the communist manefesto

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  9. NoQuarters says:

    the russian river used to dry up from time to time before the dam was built

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  10. Jim Bennett says:

    Can almost 32,000 scientists and climatologists be wrong?
    Not being compensated?
    What’s their payoff?


    Time to ask THE QUESTION.

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  11. GAJ says:

    @LBR, when Santa Rosa had its all time record high there were bleats that we were headed to Global Cooling.

    The record high was 110 °F (43 °C) on September 13, 1971.

    Day before yesterday was darned warm too, but the for that date was set in 1964 at 77F.

    The record high for tomorrow’s date was set in 1947, also at 77F.

    I remain on the fence on the Global Warming issue.

    I am, however, all for reducing pollution, however that is very difficult without some curb in global population growth.

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  12. Lets be Reasonable says:

    @Sheryl – “Global warming?????? Really?????”
    80 degrees in February?????? Really.

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  13. Canthisbe says:

    If you read Jim Bennett’s link to today’s
    about Peter Gleick, president of Oakland’s Pacific Institute and a prominent climate-change expert, about how he lied to obtain Heartland documents, then read
    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/02/peter-gleick-confesses-to-obtaining-heartland-documents-under-false-pretenses/253395/ to find out that no only did he lie to obtain the documents, but it appears very likely that he falsified a document to make Heartland look bad. Why do do the global warming people have to lie so much is their claims are true beyond debate?

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  14. Jim Bennett says:

    Here’s how ICLEI uses the ‘global warming’ lie to socially engineer behavior;
    from their own training material.

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  15. Jim Bennett says:

    Here’s some more truth coming out on ‘global warming’ from today’s

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  16. Canthisbe says:

    Al Gore stated that “Americans are going to have to face a wrenching transformation of Society.”
    Did he mean that we will all have to get used to taking care of owning multiple mega-mansions across the country that use as much electricity as small towns, flying all over the world in private jets, relaxing on our over-sized house boats and getting grossly obese from over-eating steaks from carbon-dioxide emitting cows? Oh, no, that was just his wrenching transformation, not ours.

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  17. Western Cluebird says:

    Hey, Ms. Hancock,

    I’m the one that drives the big car that holds lots of people and keeps them safe on the many school field trips and outings that I take other people’s kids on as well as my own.

    I don’t ask for help paying for gas and so far not one liberal has offered, or thanked me for driving their kids around.

    Even with the perfect opportunity, I don’t try to indoctrinate other peoples kids with my ideology-I would ask that you do the same.

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  18. Canthisbe says:

    Editor’s Note: The following has been signed by the 16 scientists listed at the end of the article:
    A candidate for public office in any contemporary democracy may have to consider what, if anything, to do about “global warming.” Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global warming is not true. In fact, a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed.
    ***Perhaps the most inconvenient fact is the lack of global warming for well over 10 years now. This is known to the warming establishment, as one can see from the 2009 “Climategate” email of climate scientist Kevin Trenberth: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.” But the warming is only missing if one believes computer models where so-called feedbacks involving water vapor and clouds greatly amplify the small effect of CO2.

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  19. Jim Bennett says:

    This is part of THE QUESTION.

    Our local government has engaged in a relationship with a dangerous globalist NGO who’s purpose is to basically provide framework to implement our undoing.
    The Agenda is rooted in the contrived notion that our activities our causing the atmosphere to warm.
    This premise has been scientifically debunked by the smartest minds on the Planet.
    As I’ve said, they compiled and signed comprehensive report to that effect.

    Yet this totalitarian march continues.
    Here’s a summation from one of the most established figures in this resistance;

    If we don’t stand up for ourselves,
    who will?
    If our sovereignty and our Republic falls based on a lie, how will you explain it to the kids later?
    Tell ‘em you were too busy?

    It’s time to ask THE QUESTION.

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  20. Kay Tokerud says:

    I was doing some fact checking and yes it’s true that carbon dioxide is three-hundreths of one percent of air. Oxygen is about twenty-one percent. ICLEI measures carbon dioxide supposedly but I’ve never seen any scientific reporting about the amounts. They just talk about reducing the amounts. Santa Rosa has joined ICLEI, an international NGO recognized by the UN.

    Ann Hancock has been involved in the global warming fight since 1990, the same year that ICLEI was founded. ICLEI worked on United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainable Development and wrote one of the chapters. Most people don’t know that there’s a political component attached to the global warming theory. UN Agenda 21 Sustainable Development is an action plan that encompasses much more than mere carbon dioxide in the air. It is actually a whole life plan that seeks to limit the use of energy, limit mobility, limit property rights, surveillance, and a whole hosts of other limitations. It’s based on Communitarian principles that says that the “community” is more important than individuals. In fact, the majority of nations, 179, that agreed to implement UN Agenda 21 Sustainable Development are socialist or communist nations. UN Agenda 21 does not respect the US Constitution which is the reason that our cities and counties should not have joined ICLEI. Our presidents should not have signed onto UN Agenda 21 Sustainable Development. The people of the United States were never asked.

    People can believe in theories or not, but the fact is that our individual rights are being eroded or even ignored in favor of a plan that tramples the US Constitution. That’s what the fight is about, life as we know it. Whatever we need to do to be good stewards of the earth need to be within the context and constraints of the Constitution. Without having our rights intact, our nation will slip into a fascist, totalitarian form of government. In fact, it is happening now as UN Agenda 21 Sustainable Development is being implemented.

    The global warming theory is being used to usher in a different form of government in the US. Non-governmental organizations like the one Ann Hancock is with are the ones advocating for the change. Some serious investigative reporting needs to be done on these groups as they appear to be un-American or even anti-American. Many people believe that the associations between our government officials and NGOs like ICLEI are actually treasonous under Article One Section Ten of the Constitution. If this is true, then people like Ann Hancock have some explaining to do.

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  21. Canthisbe says:

    Don’t worry about the grandkids. If the the Global Warming Cult is allowed to succeed, only the grandkids of the cult leaders (like Gore) will be able to afford SUVs anyway. Everyone else’s grandkids will be stuck on the solar powered train waiting for the sun to come out.

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  22. bear says:

    Hey! We have a 100-year supply of oil and natural gas!

    Who the hell cares about what happens to their grandkids? Maybe they won’t have Social Security, but they’ll be driving SUVs?

    I’m investing in the solar passenger jets. Who needs oil?

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  23. Global/Change says:

    OK time to find a new fear,
    the serfs aint goin for that one anymore.

    Well, when the dollar crashes this year they can impose Martial Law.

    Then it won’t matter what we think.

    An oppressors dream.

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  24. steve humphrey says:

    “Some of Hancock’s favorite people are those who reduce their driving, purchase high-efficiency lightbulbs and in other ways reduce their carbon footprint, while accepting that even all that is insufficient”

    Well, I reduce my driving because gas is now over 4 bucks a gallon, I use those crappy curly cue lightbulbs because I can’t buy the good ones anymore, and I flush (although many times twice) with my mandated water saving toilet. I can assure you if Ms. Hancock and I were stuck in a room together I would not be one of her favorite people.

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  25. Commonsense says:

    How are they measuring the “emissions” and how are they defining emissions? Where, specifically, is the money used to fund this group coming from? This piece is full of the general feel good stuff, but really short on details (and we all know the devil is always in the details)….

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  26. Sheryl says:

    Global warming?????? Really?????

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  27. truth in news says:

    These are the same folks who will be driving the small farmer out of business with the new CARB act taking place in 2014. This act makes it illegal to farm with old equipment. Small farms can not afford to rplace old tractors. Large corperate can. Guess who funded this act and provided large sums of money to the democratic party….

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  28. Western Cluebird says:

    Just another leech on the dying golden goose, telling us that blood letting is the cure.

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  29. J L Anderson says:

    Reducing pollution is a wonderful objective for everyone.

    But these kind of middle-aged, Prius-driving, left-wing, gullible women with radical agendas who try to force people to believe their unscientific crap ARE part of the problem, not the solution.

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  30. Ca voters so dumb says:

    “They knew from the moment they conceived the Santa Rosa-based Climate Protection Campaign in 2001 that those efforts would produce no scientifically measurable effect on the global problem.”

    Global Warming the biggest HOAX in HUMAN history

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  31. Follower says:

    I guess Ann didn’t get the memo from the DNC.

    It’s NOT “Global Warming” anymore, it’s “Climate Change”!

    Next thing you know she’s gonna call Immigrants who sneak across the boarder… “Illegal”!

    Somebody really needs to sit old Ann down & set her strait before the Earth starts cooling again!
    …oops, too late!


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  32. Skippy says:

    Ms. Hancock is wrong; her AWG religion is a hoax; her prescription is soft tyranny.
    It is racist, sexist, speeciesist and bigoted for her to assign total blame for natural occurences to the creature she despises most; mankind. Specifically Men-kind.
    Those of us of a certain age whose memories are fairly clear will recall 50 years of hard work by the collectivist, statist left to punish Americans for perceived environmental sins and pass sentence on this nation alone.
    The noble third-world victims of America’s malicious greed are consistently excused from participating in the painful big fix, except as recipients of the massive wealth transfers that should absolve us of our guilt.
    Over the decades one crisis after another has been trumpeted as enviro-armageddon, and we are always a few short years from planetary obliteration unless we open our wallets and shut down our lifestyle.
    Hogwash then and hogwash now.
    The faithful true believers and high priests of the Church of America-the-evil were on the edge of victory until the inconvenient truth of their fraud was revealed.
    Only by ignoring the systematic dishonesty of the grant-driven scientists can one stay true to the cause.
    Her cause is dangerous to children and other living things, and is to be ridiculed and resisted at every opportunity.

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  33. brown act jack says:

    Well, the scientist are divided as to whether the planet is heating or cooling, so what ever side you take is likely to make things worse if you are wrong.
    So, if you do nothing you eliminate your chance of making things worth.

    Besides, no one knows just what the temperature of the earth is. they are all estimates and you know how good estimates are.
    Simply way to look at it is as follows.

    if you die, will it make any difference in the global warming?

    Dying eliminates all of your input into the air, so it is the maximum you can do to prevent global warming.

    But, your death will have no effect of the global warming or cooling, so forget it

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  34. Missy says:

    1. Wanna bet she drives her SUV to this meeting and doesn’t take public transportation?

    2. Typical leftwing HYPOCRITE type, getting a HUGE salary for this.

    3. Oh yeah tell us about those MERCURY LADEN TOXIC CURLY LIGHT BULBS that emit MERCURY VAPORS when they break how good they are for us, plus they are filling our landfills in the USA with MERCURY! Good one!

    4. Well, I want to know if she took her SUV or any CAR to this meeting when she gets there.

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