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San Francisco Board of Supervisors Pass Peak Oil Resolution
by dbrumm (dennis [at]
Tuesday Apr 18th, 2006 3:17 AM
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Pass Peak Oil Resolution

On April 11, 2006, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution that will pave the way toward the city addressing the challenges of peak oil (petroleum depletion) on the City and County of San Francisco, making it the first city in the country to formally address this issue.

The resolution was envisioned, written, and presented to the board by members of a committee of concerned citizens belonging to a local grassroots organization, San Francisco Oil Awareness, an outpost of the Post Carbon Institute. It was sponsored by city supervisors Ross Mirkarimi, Jake McGoldrick, Sophie Maxwell, and Chris Daly.

The resolution calls for the establishment of a city-wide study to assess San Francisco's vulnerability to peak oil. Work on this study will begin with hearings conducted under the auspices of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) , which is also considering San Francisco's policy on Community Choice Aggregation of electricity supply. The results of the study will inform the city of possible measures and policies that may help in mitigating the impact of high petroleum prices on city of San Francisco and its citizens.

The resolution is available online at

San Francisco Oil Awareness web site: