Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Berkeley: Never Mind on that Global Warming Thing

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 6:40 AM

So did the San Francisco Chronicle get its story wrong when it reported that the City of Berkeley was planning to force homeowners to spend more than $30,000 each making their houses more energy efficient? Or did city officials simply do an about-face when they realized how ridiculous their idea really was after the Chron story created a firestorm? At this point, it's unclear. But no matter. City officials now say that they aren't going through with it. Or are they? City Planning Director tells the Chron that the city is only "talking more in the $10,000 range" about what it will cost homeowners to meet the city's new proposed rules. But Councilwoman Linda Maio says she wants staff to change the word "require" in the city's plan to "set a goal." Okay, which is it?

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