Sierra Club Crticial Of County’s Draft Climate Action Plan
Friday, March 23, 2012
San Diego County's Draft Climate Action Plan, released in February, acknowledges that “Climate change is one of the most urgent global issues, and scientists are already seeing the effects of climate change around the world.”
Melinda Dickenson, legal chair of the San Diego Sierra Club, said the plan does not meet its own goals, which are to come up with "comprehensive and enforceable greenhouse gas reduction emission measures" that will achieve 17 percent reduction in county operations and 9 percent reduction in community emissions.
“Unfortunately the Climate Action Plan that was circulated doesn’t actually achieve those results, It just has language saying, ‘we’re going to try, and we think that these are some good ideas that we’ll try to get done.' But we are past the point of talk,“ Dickenson said, “we need the result.”
Dickenson said the County could generate more solar power on its own buildings, or pass policies to help people get to work without a car, instead of subsiding parking lots.
The Climate Action Plan addresses population growth in the unincorporated areas in the next 25 years. It’s designed to mitigate the environmental effects of the General Plan Update by finding ways to cut greenhouse gases, even as the number of people living in the area increases.
The draft plan will go to the County Board of Supervisors after staff has responded to the public’s comments. Staff declined to comment on the Sierra Club’s comments until they have been analyzed.