California Doubles Down on Its Commitment to Reduce State Greenhouse Gas Emissions

California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) has adopted a new 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan, which is designed to extend and expand upon the state’s longstanding commitment to reduce California’s aggregate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  This is a landmark achievement, one that moves California further down the road to a sustainable environment and economy. A bit of historical background: in 2006, the California Legislature enacted the landmark Global Warming Solutions Act, better known as AB 32.  That legislation committed the State of California to roll back its statewide GHG emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.  That law gave CARB broad authority to devise a multifaceted strategy to achieve that seemingly audacious goal, and directed CARB to adopt a Scoping Plan setting forth exactly what that strategy would be.  CARB duly adopted its initial Scoping Plan in 2008.  It was an extraordinary document: visionary, ambitious,…

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