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Environmental Groups Call On County Leaders To Adopt New Climate Action Plan

A crane stands at a housing construction site in downtown San Diego in this u...

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Above: A crane stands at a housing construction site in downtown San Diego in this undated photo.

GUEST: Erik Anderson, environment reporter, KPBS

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A coalition of environmental groups called on San Diego County leaders Friday to draft and adopt a new climate action plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

This week, a San Diego County Superior Court judge found the county's climate action plan failed to comply with county and state goals to reduce emissions.

The judge also said that allowing developers to buy carbon credits from anywhere in the world to offset emissions produced by their projects is not acceptable and called the mitigation unenforceable and unverifiable.

"The county has to make a decision as to whether it's going to be business as usual, which has been fighting at every stage of the process in court. Or, if the county is going to take a new position or new approach and decide that instead of continuing through the courts to spend its effort and resources in preparing a climate action plan that will help protect the future of our children," said Josh Chatten-Brown, attorney for Sierra Club San Diego.

This is the third time the county's climate action plan has been challenged in court. If this ruling is upheld, it could become legal precedent and impact all other climate action plans in the state.

KPBS environment reporter Erik Anderson discusses Friday on Midday Edition how the ruling may impact several housing developments planned for the backcountry.

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