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Action needed: Culver City will be holding a series of public hearings on banning natural gas. Your attendance is crucial in showing the City Council that we need balanced energy options and right to make our own energy choices.

A COMMENT LETTER TO CULVER CITY COUNCIL

Culver City City Council
City of Culver City – City Hall
9770 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA. 90232

Dear Honorable City Councilmembers:

Before Culver City decides to ban the use of natural gas in new buildings, I urge you to carefully look at the potential consequences.

In a city with a well-established track record for caring about social justice and equity issues, the economic ramifications of such a move, especially on the most vulnerable community members, could be severe.

It will almost certainly mean an increase in utility costs. A study commissioned for the California Building Industry Association showed that switching to all-electric appliances would cost consumers on average more than $7,200 and increase energy costs by up to $388 per year.

That’s an awfully steep price to pay for lessening emissions from one of the lower-polluting sectors in California. According to the California Air Resources Board, residential buildings in California account for about 6% of the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions today. Electrification of the residential sector would only decrease total GHG emissions by about 2%.

In this instance, the benefits most definitely do not outweigh the costs. Like a good financial portfolio, I believe our power grid should be diversified and draw upon a variety of sources.

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