AB 32 -- Hats Off to a Golden Canary
California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, sets California on a journey to mitigate the risks of global warming and to become the home of the fast-growing clean technology industry.
According to the report, "A Golden Opportunity" by NRDC, Assembly Bill 32 (also known as AB 32) is the most ambitious global warming solutions law in the nation, making California the first state to firmly limit statewide emissions. The law commits California to reduce its global warming pollution emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020, or nearly 30 percent below forecasted levels.
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California Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation TimelineJanuary 1, 2007:
AB 32 becomes law
June 30, 2007:
CARB publishes list of early action emission reduction measures
January 1, 2008:
CARB adopts 2020 emissions limit at 1990 levels, and a mandatory reporting program for significant sources
January 1, 2009:
CARB adopts scoping plan to achieve maximum reductions by 2020
January 1, 2010:
CARB adopts regulations and begins enforcing early action measures
January 1, 2011:
CARB adopts regulations to implement the 2009 scoping plan
January 1, 2012:
CARB begins enforcement of emissions limits
January 1, 2020:
California reduces emissions to 1990 levels
The strategic information and ideas presented in this report address today's global changes -- not a distant scenario. Today, Californians are dealing with degraded air quality that threatens the health of 95 percent of the state's residents who live in areas with unhealthy air. We are already having severe heat waves that kill people across the state. The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains, our natural water reservoir, is decreasing and is affecting both water supplies and hydroelectric peak power generation. Rising sea levels are already putting additional strain on the state's levee system that further threatens our community infrastructures.
Over the next five years, state agencies will put in place a package of policies, which may include both traditional regulatory and market-based approaches, to advance pollution-cutting strategies to meet the state’s emission limit, including:
This comprehensive 40 page report was authored by Eric Wanless, Natural Resource Defense Council; Devra Wang, Natural Resource Defense Council; Frank Teng, Silico Valley Leadership Group; and Brie Johnson, Environmental Entrepreneurs.
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