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San Diego County Still Working On Climate Action Plan



San Diego County is already working on another climate action plan, hoping they can finally come up with one that stands up to legal scrutiny.

The county has, over the past 10 years, put together four climate action plans. Each was a spectacular failure.

“It’s has been like 'Groundhog Day.' We just have to keep revisiting,” said Nicole Capretz, the executive director of the Climate Action Campaign.

The county is being pushed by the state. California law requires all counties to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) put into the air.

Those local plans will help make sure the state is on track to take another 170 million metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the air by 2030.

None of the county’s previous efforts to account for growth and GHG reductions survived legal scrutiny.


“We need to embrace that climate change is real,” said Nathan Fletcher, a member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

“We need to embrace that we not only have a legal but a moral obligation to have a climate action plan that addresses that. And I believe in early January, this board will make a definitive statement to that end. And begin to implement that change.”

The reason for that shift is rooted in the last election. For the first time in years, the board of supervisors will have a three to two Democratic majority.

Fletcher expects the new board to announce early on that things are changing and it will not be business as usual. He said he hopes the endless legal assault stops flooding the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor. READ MORE