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Politics are holding back San Francisco's best shot at reducing carbon emissions

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Some are still holding out hope that CleanPowerSF could move forward. San Francisco's Local Agency Formation Commission is set to begin researching what CleanPowerSF "would look like and to address other concerns that the Mayor and SFPUC Commissioners have raised," LAFCo's Senior Program Officer Jason Fried said.

Proponents are also investigating ways to launch the program independently of the mayor and the SFPUC, by partnering with Marin County's version of the program.

"There is talk about joining the Marin Joint Powers Authority," Fried said, "but we will exhaust every option to run our own program. We want the PUC and mayor on board."

While the mayor and the commissioners charged with overseeing the SFPUC seem content to let CleanPowerSF fade into memory, Avalos is not willing to let it go without a fight.

"We're facing the greatest crisis for this city, and our government pulls back on how to achieve this," Avalos said at a March 31 Board of Supervisors committee hearing on the Climate Action Strategy. "If we want to be a great city, it's up to us to generate the political will to implement these strategies."

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez contributed to this report.