It's not so great, however, to read an article about the city's clean energy program essentially urging readers and reporters alike to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain -- to avoid quibbling over "details" because CleanPowerSF is The Way.
City residents must overlook even glaring shortcomings, as the program cannot advance toward the pot of local energy at the end of the rainbow -- the dreamed-of "local buildout" -- if we don't do our part. Our part would be not asking questions, paying the high rates for CleanPowerSF, and trusting that the revenue bonds issued against our premium rates will be used to transform San Francisco into an ecotopia.
Ronald Reagan didn't say too many brilliant things, but he was definitely on to something when he uttered "trust but verify." As SF Weekly recently verified in a cover story, CleanPowerSF has lofty "goals" to achieve laudable ends -- but no plan.
That is still the case.