• "California Releases Blueprint for Combating Climate Change"
  • July 11, 2008 | Author: Jeffrey B. Margulies
  • Law Firm: Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. - Los Angeles Office
  • On June 26, 2008, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced its proposals to achieve the state's goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to combat the effects of climate change. The draft Scoping Plan seeks to implement the requirement of California's AB 32 (The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006) to reduce GHG emissions in California to 1990 levels by the year 2020. Its comprehensive approach calls for a set of coordinated emissions reductions throughout the state's economy, incorporating direct regulatory measures, a cap and trade program, and the use of carbon fees. According to CARB, adopting the ambitious plan will improve the environment, reduce dependence on oil, diversify energy sources, save energy, enhance public health, create new jobs, and enhance the growth in California's economy.