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The coronavirus pandemic introduced many people around the world to remote working and some have learned to embrace it as the new norm. The Metropolitan Transportation commission proposal forces the working class in San Francisco bay to work from home permanently, as reported on Sept. 24, 2020. They believe this would improve the environment, it will cut back on greenhouse gas emissions.
Commissioner Nick Josefowitz who represented San Francisco stated that many people and other Commissioners are concerned about the people that want to return to work as soon as possible because their living arrangement is not feasible to work in. Josefowitz said, “I propose we just say 60 percent of workers who don’t use public transportation or walk or bike has to work from home.”
The 60 percent mandate was passed by commissioners. This November MTC promised to refine the proposal, to allow people who get to work by bike, foot, or public transportation, to return to work.
Greenhouse gases cause the earth to retain heat in the Atmosphere, due to carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and certain synthetic chemicals being trapped.
The balance between the energy received from the sun and emitted from the earth is the radiative balanced. The retention of gases causes an imbalance that causes the climate and the weather to change globally and regionally. After being released many of the gases can remain airborne for tens to hundreds of years.
Written by Jessica Letcher
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
San Francisco Chronicle: Bay Area officials have a plan to combat climate change: force people to work from home; Roland Li
EPA: Report on the Environment GreenHouse Gases
Streetsblog SF: Make 60% ‘Work from Home’ Permanently?; Roger Rudick
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