2015-04-29. California Governor Orders New Target for Emissions Cuts.

posted May 1, 2015, 4:42 PM by Alan Gould   [ updated May 1, 2015, 4:46 PM ]
By Adam Nagourney, The New York Times. For GSS Climate Change chapter 9. Excerpt:  ...Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Wednesday sharply speeding up this state’s already ambitious program aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, saying it was critical to address “an ever-growing threat” posed by global warming to the state’s economy and well-being. The order, announced early Wednesday morning, was intended as a jolt to a landmark 2006 environmental law requiring an 80 percent cut in greenhouse gas reductions by 2050, compared with 1990. Under Mr. Brown’s order, the state would have to get halfway there — a 40 percent reduction — by 2030. ...Under the law put into place by Mr. Brown’s predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state was required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 on the way to reach the 2050 target; California is already well on its way to meeting the 2020 goal, and may exceed it, officials said Thursday. ...California’s target reflects those set by other governments — including the European Union — ahead of the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris this year.... http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/30/us/california-governor-orders-new-target-for-emissions-cuts.html. See also http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18938