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San Diego County will overhaul Climate Action Plan after rejection from courts



On Wednesday County Supervisors unanimously directed county staff to develop a new plan and adopted a resolution vacating its 2018 Climate Action Plan, which the 4th District Court of Appeals struck down in June.

Wednesday’s decision by the county to go back to the drawing board instead of seeking an appeal at the State Supreme Court comes after the county spent more than $1 million in legal fees defending its climate action plans in recent years.

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who has been critical of the county’s plan, said the impact of climate change has become more apparent in the decade the county has struggled to adopt a legally defensible climate plan. He pointed to record wildfires, prolonged drought, and record-high daily temperatures as examples.“Climate change is real, it is here, and we have to take actions and put forward policies that align with that reality,” Fletcher said.