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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom today rattled off an impressive number of initiatives the city is undertaking to become a world leader in sustainability, including his plans to generate electricity from the waves off the San Franciscan coast. The Public Utilities Commission has recently commissioned URS, […]

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom today rattled off an impressive number of initiatives the city is undertaking to become a world leader in sustainability, including his plans to generate electricity from the waves off the San Franciscan coast. The Public Utilities Commission has recently commissioned URS, a San Francisco-based engineering firm, to do a feasibility study for wave energy, the same firm that did an initial study for tidal energy under the Golden Gate Bridge. The results of the new wave energy study could be in as soon as May, Mayor Newsom said.

Chatting over coffee at a media briefing, Newsom also talked excitedly about his new solar rebate program, which kicks off April 1; his admiration of Project Better Place’s electric car project in Israel and San Francisco’s own plug-in hybrids program, and his forthcoming zippy Tesla Roadster (he’s #51 on the list).

Newsom also spoke passionately about his proposed carbon tax, which could be the first of its kind in the U.S. Aiming to tax pollution, the mayor proposes to concurrently cut taxes on payroll — rendering the tax “revenue neutral” — so as to reward job growth while penalizing emissions. Newsom said McKinsey Consulting recently teamed up with the city, pro bono, to mete out what the emissions tax should be in order to hit that revenue equilibrium.

  1. [...] cars to plug-in hybrids, and his forthcoming zippy Tesla Roadster (he’s #51 on the list). Earth2Tech has it all on video. Share/Send Sphere Print Previous [...]

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  2. I thought my tag based rss reader was on the fritz, when a bunch of unrelated posts, like this one, from the gigaom network showed up tagged with “Yahoo! Buzz”. But it was just that they were categorized as “Yahoo! Buzz”. Was the test successful? Did it garner any more notice then normal?

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  3. [...] isn’t the first time the Board has backtracked on this program. Mayor Newsom told us last week that his office removed the program from the June ballot in good faith only to have the Board [...]

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  4. [...] this early adoption of wave technology, along with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s well-known interest in alternative energy, mean that the Bay Area has an early lead in the development of this, the latest of alternative [...]

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  5. [...] seems a natural fit for coastal, cleantech-loving San Francisco. But while the technology has a big fan in Mayor Gavin Newsom — who blogs today on CleanTechnica about the city’s latest scheme to tap ocean energy [...]

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