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SD County Forced to Address Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions


San Diego County may have to include ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in future planning.  KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce says that's because California's attorney general has ruled that global warming is covered under the state's environmental quality act.

Jerry Brown sued San Bernardino County for not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its long-term growth plan. A settlement requires the county to make several improvements to save energy and reduce emissions. Brown also sent a letter to San Diego and other counties advising them to reduce greenhouse gases. Jason Giffen is a planning manager with the San Diego County Department of Planning and Land Use.

Giffen: The county is taking preliminary steps to evaluate climate change and climate change related effects for our large development projects.

He says reducing greenhouse gas emissions will also be included in the update of the county's comprehensive general plan. Giffen says specifics haven't been decided. Atty. Gen. Brown says he'll encourage San Diego and other counties to adopt an agreement like the one San Bernardino County signed.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.



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