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Jerry Brown Laying down law on global warming
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- Date: Fri, 03 Aug 2007 15:07:30 -0700
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Laying down law on global warming
Brown uses 1970 statute to insist projects
assess climate-change impacts.
By Chris Bowman - Bee Staff WriterThe
first greenhouse gas-fighting mandates to pinch Californians won't be the
state's trend-setting new laws requiring low-carbon fuels and more fuel
Published 12:00 am PDT Friday, July 27, 2007
State Attorney General Jerry Brown is the first to crack down, using a
California law enacted long before stranded polar bears became symbols of
Squeezing the trigger on the 37- year-old California Environmental
Quality Act, Brown is pressuring high-growth cities and counties such as
Sacramento and Yuba to immediately include climate change -- alongside
traffic congestion, sewage treatment capacity and water supplies -- in
assessing environmental impacts of major proposed projects.
Brown's action comes as leading climate scientists warn that the world is
closer to the brink of a climate crisis than previously
"California can't wait," said Brown, who was the state's
Democratic governor from 1974 to 1982 and more recently Oakland's mayor.
"If we do nothing for the next several years, then the buildup of
these gases will require even more drastic reductions..."
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