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San Diego Sets Green House Gas Reduction Goals

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Aired 7/23/10

The San Diego region is poised to come up with goals for reducing greenhouse gases over the next 25 years. Regional leaders will give it their best shot tomorrow; they have to decide targets for cutting carbon emissions by 2035.

The San Diego region is poised to come up with goals for reducing greenhouse gases over the next 25 years.

San Diego’s regional leaders will give it their best shot tomorrow; they have to decide targets for cutting carbon emissions by 2035.

Rob Rundle is principal regional planner with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). He says San Diego is responding to Senate Bill 375, which requires all California regions to draft greenhouse gas reduction targets.

But he says most carbon emissions come from cars, and the state has cut almost all of its funding for public transit.

"The state is imposing this requirement on us," he said. "At the same time it has taken away a lot of the transit funds, so it puts us in a really tight spot because we don’t have new funds to implement this."

SANDAG’s board will decide on a figure somewhere between a 5 and 19 percent reduction of greenhouse gases.

Rundle says 5 percent would require few changes from the region’s current transportation plan, whereas 19 percent would require radical lifestyle changes that SANDAG does not have the power to mandate.

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