February 16, 2011
California is making early progress toward its goal of reducing the use of motor vehicles, but more creative and aggressive public policies will be necessary to get people to switch from driving to walking, biking and using public transit, according to a new report from the Public Policy Institute of California.
August 9, 2010
The Air Resources Board took another step today toward its implementation of a state law meant to encourage local governments to adopt planning and transportation policies that cut automobile use and lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The ARB released a staff recommendation that will likely lead to goals for regions around the state to reduce their per capita emissions of the gases believed to contribute to global warming.
July 6, 2010
The California Air Resources Board is taking the first steps to implement a new state law that will eventually require local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by better coordinating land-use planning, development and transportation. The board is considering targets for each region that would require the four largest metropolitan areas in the state to reduce their per-capita emissions in 2020 to 5 percent to 10 percent below the levels that existed in 2005.
April 19, 2010
The Oakland-based Public Health Institute has been awarded a $150,000 grant to study the potential effects of California's cap-and-trade greenhouse gas reduction program on low-income communities. The institute will be working with the state Public Health Department on the study, which will then be used by the Air Resources Board as it implements Assembly Bill 32, the landmark legislation that requires California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
March 8, 2010
The legislative analyst has opined that the implementation of AB 32 would cost California jobs, at least in the short term. The conclusion, which came in response to a request from state Sen. Dave Cogdill, contradicts the stand of the Air Resources Board. Cogdill is calling for the law's suspension. See the LAO letter to Cogdill here