California set a record for greenhouse gas reductions in 2020, but it means nothing if California’s emissions reductions are not reflected in the federal EIA’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis.
That is why the Governor has instructed the Board of Equalization to conduct an independent environmental review to determine what the 2020 reduction levels should look like when EIA’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis is compared with the Governor’s Climate Action Plan (CAP).
The Board of Equalization reviewed the Governor’s CAP and then recommended that the City Council approve legislation that would provide the data necessary to implement his climate action plan. That data included:
Annual emissions reductions needed to achieve the 2020 emissions goal.
Annual emissions reductions needed to reach 100% cleanliness by 2050.
Annual emissions reductions needed to meet the 80% requirement by 2035.
The legislation approved by the City Council on April 12 will establish a legal mechanism by which the Board of Equalization will determine the percentage of emissions reductions needed to attain the 2020 emissions goal and the two remaining elements of the climate action plan.
The legislation approved by the City Council also calls for an independent environmental review that will include an analysis of the additional emissions reduction needed to achieve 100% cleanliness.
The Board of Equalization will hold public hearings to discuss the implementation of the legislation. Details about those hearings can be found here.
In the spirit of transparency, I am offering to appear. I would also be happy to answer any questions about the bill.
I am not sure if I would be able to make it. The City Hall meeting is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. and I am meeting with several constituents to discuss my bill for my constituents. I will try to meet with the media shortly before the meeting.
The idea to get involved is to get my fellow councilmembers’ (and staff) input about whether we should pass