California’s 2020 emissions reductions will fall short, as the state sets a record high goal

California set a record for greenhouse gas reductions in 2020, but it means nothing if it cannot keep up momentum. The recent news that California will have to do even more is encouraging, but we still have a long way to go.

A new report released by the EPA finds, the state will likely exceed its 2020 pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent.

California’s 2020 reductions will fall short, as the state sets a record high goal for itself. In order to stay on track with its emissions reduction targets under law, California will have to do even more.

A new report out of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is now available — it has been requested by our offices for over 18 months! The GAO recently published a draft report of the EPA’s report on their proposed rule on national greenhouse gas emissions standards. The draft report will be released in coming weeks.

In anticipation of this news, last Friday we sent you an email alert to the entire office, alerting everyone that the draft report was being released.

This news is especially significant for the offices of former California and Washington state Senators Pete Domenici, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, and Jeff Bingaman.

Now that the draft report is out, let’s spend a few minutes examining the contents of the report, and we will provide a more detailed analysis within the coming week.

What is the draft report?

The draft report is an unclassified, non-public summary of EPA’s proposed rule on federal national greenhouse gas emissions standards. The EPA’s proposed rule applies the Clean Air Act to greenhouse gas emissions, and would require all national sources of power to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 80 percent by the year 2030 on a year-by-year basis.

The rule would be the first to consider CO2 emissions and establish annual CO2 emission standards for the most common and polluting sources of power in the country.

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