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What Does New State Target To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mean For San Diego?

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California's ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions just got more aggressive.

For several years now the state has been dedicated to a plan that would cut greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050.

That plan is still in place.

Now Gov. Jerry Brown wants to speed it up internally with a new executive order. It calls on the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Nicole Capretz, executive director of the nonprofit Climate Action Campaign, said the state wasn't on pace to meet the 80 percent goal by 2050.

"That's why the governor's announcement is so critical — to ensure we hit the 2050 goal," Capretz told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday. "It's a bold, ambitious action but it's also critical."

Capretz said the drought and the increase in wildfires statewide show the world has changed.

Jim Waring, president of Clean Tech San Diego, said the region has already benefited from decreasing gas emissions.

So far from everything we have seen, the positives to our economy have greatly outweighed the negatives," Wang said. "I think we are now at a critical and exciting time where we will learn how to effectively incorporate the increasing amounts of renewable energy into our grid. Will there be disruptions and difficulties? Of course, but those happen with all transformational change."

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