California casts about for ways to meet climate goals
Sacramento-area cities drafting plans under California’s landmark climate-change laws have ambitious goals to cut emissions, but some of their methods are drawing scrutiny as vague or unrealistic.
“The plans are a good first step to educate people about the need to reduce greenhouse gases,” said Earl Whithycombe a pollution control engineer and long time board member of environmental group Breathe California of Sacramento, who reviewed plans by Citrus Heights and Elk Grove. “But they offer only promises and are not enforceable.”
The notion that city hall can help curtail climate change is new. Changes in state law encourage cities to develop climate strategies and require them to at least account for climate change in their long-range development plans.
With the region mired in high unemployment and budget shortfalls, however, there doesn’t appear to be an easy way to fund incentive programs, foster ride sharing or encourage residents to retrofit their homes.
Read more in Sacramento Business Journal.
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