California regulators sign off on the state’s ambitious 2030 climate change plan

Source: By Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times • Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017

California climate regulators on Thursday approved a detailed plan for the state to meet its 2030 carbon reduction goals.

The effort, known formally as the “scoping plan,” details the state’s strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels over the next 13 years as a way to fight climate change.

Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, called the plan “a visionary look at the longer term and deeper kinds of transformations that we’ll need to stabilize our climate.”

“This is a major step forward,” she said.

To meet the 2030 goals, which were approved by the state Legislature in 2016, regulators plan to rely on implementing goals set in other recently passed legislation, including: