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Sprawl & Global Warming in the Inland Empire

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  • Richard Risemberg
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    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 21, 2007
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      > http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-me-
      > greenhouse22aug22,1,4929371.story?coll=la-news-environment
      > From the Los Angeles Times
      > San Bernardino reaches momentous emissions deal
      > Officials settle a greenhouse gas suit and agree to monitor the
      > effects of rapid growth on the environment.
      > By Margot Roosevelt
      > Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
      > 2:07 PM PDT, August 21, 2007
      > Under a landmark legal settlement announced today, San Bernardino
      > County officials agreed to measure greenhouse gas emissions over
      > the next 30 months, figure out how much is attributable to local
      > decisions and start cutting back.
      > The agreement is a model for other cities and counties across
      > California, state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said today.
      > Brown had sued to force San Bernardino County to address greenhouse
      > gas emissions in its long-term growth plan. The county, which is
      > the largest by acreage in the lower 48 states, has been growing at
      > breakneck speed in a sprawl pattern that has drawn sharp criticism
      > from environmental planners. More than 500,000 new residents are
      > expected to move into the county by 2030, bringing its population
      > to 2.5 million. California passed a law last year that requires it
      > to reduce greenhouse gases by 25% below 1990 levels over the next
      > 13 years. "Sprawl is something that hasn't been thought about,"
      > said Brown, who has been negotiating with counties across the state
      > to alter their land use plans. "Everyone has a stake in reducing
      > global warming."
      > The measures San Bernardino will likely consider under the
      > settlement include high-density developments that enable the use of
      > public transport rather than cars; limits on parking; energy-
      > efficient designs for buildings including solar panels, water reuse
      > systems and on-site renewable energy production.
      > "Only a handful of California counties and cities have formally
      > addressed climate change issues," said Board of Supervisors Vice
      > Chairman Gary C. Ovitt. "And San Bernardino will lead the way. . .
      > and serve as a model for others."
      > Brown's suit, which asserted that the county must account for its
      > effect on global warming under California's 1970 Environmental
      > Quality Act, had spurred opposition from the building industry and
      > the state Chamber of Commerce, as well as local officials. It also
      > contributed to a stalemate in the Legislature's negotiations over
      > the state budget, with Republicans saying they would not approve a
      > budget unless it contained a provision that barred global warming-
      > related lawsuits under the Environmental Quality Act.
      > Brown said Monday that he does not expect the outcome of the
      > legislative negotiations to prevent him from negotiating with
      > counties over their land use. "There was a lot of fear-mongering in
      > Sacramento," the attorney general said. "There was a lot of false
      > information about projects being stopped."
      > Brown's efforts are part of a bold new push to reduce global
      > warming emissions by attacking sprawl. Several California counties,
      > including Orange and Marin, have incorporated greenhouse gas
      > measures in their planning. And environmental groups have filed
      > seven lawsuits in California, including one against San Bernardino
      > County, to force officials to measure and mitigate carbon dioxide
      > emissions, which contribute to climate change. Beginning with
      > Brown's predecessor, Bill Lockyer, the attorney general's office
      > has been warning counties that they must evaluate effects on the
      > climate. Since April, Brown has also written to officials in
      > Merced, Kern, San Joaquin and Yuba counties. "Wherever we have
      > intervened," he said, "there have been nothing but positive efforts
      > to deal with global warming."
      > margot.roosevelt@...

      Richard Risemberg
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