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Wed Jul 11, 2018, 07:57 PM

California slashes emissions, hits major greenhouse gas goal years early

Source: San Fransisco Chronicle

In a major win for California’s fight against global warming, the state appears to have hit its first target for cutting greenhouse gases — and it reached the goal four years early.

Data released by the California Air Resource Board on Wednesday show that the state’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped 2.7 percent in 2016 — the latest year available — to 429.4 million metric tons.

That’s slightly below the 431 million metric tons the state produced in 1990. And California law requires that the state’s emissions, which peaked in 2004, return to 1990 levels by 2020.

Since the peak, emissions have dropped 13 percent. The 2008 financial crisis helped, cutting the number of miles Californians drove and the amount of freight moving through the state’s ports, railways and roads. But emissions have continued falling in recent years even as the state’s economy surged.

Read more: https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/California-hits-2020-greenhouse-gas-reduction-13066821.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

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demmiblue Jul 11 OP
Sophia4 Jul 11 #1
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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:01 PM

1. Super news. I wish I could recommend this many, many times.

 

I remember coming to Los Angeles in the 1960s.

I wore contact lenses, and my eyes watered the whole time because the pollution was so terrible.

We fought a battle and won. Hurrah!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:03 PM

2. YAY!!!! Excellent news!!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:05 PM

3. Way to go, California!

"They" said it couldn't be done, and you did it! And ahead of schedule!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:07 PM

4. California officials should go to Beijing and negotiate a trade agreement.

Nullify the crap coming out of DC.

The technologies will sell like hot cakes in China.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:19 PM

5. This proud Californian basks in our state's achievement.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:33 PM

6. Excellent!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:58 PM

7. Did the feds and California ever come to an agreement on greenhouse gasses?

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 10:00 PM

8. Kick

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 10:01 PM

9. I love California.. May it remain whole & hearty!. . . .n/t

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 10:38 PM

10. The price of gas has been really high in the state

for years and years and that has kept some people from driving as much. I had a lot of students pull out of my class to go to a school that was within walking distance of their home or had some sort of transportation for kids that was affordable. Many coworkers started car-pooling too and are still doing it. I also give Gov Brown a lot of credit. Pollution and the environment have been a priorities with him. I will miss him.

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