On Thursday, the California Air Resources Board adopted a master plan for implementing California's landmark climate change legislation, AB 32. The LA Times reports:
California regulators adopted the nation's first comprehensive plan to slash greenhouse gases Thursday and characterized it as a model for President-elect Barack Obama, who has pledged an aggressive national and international effort to combat global warming.
The ambitious blueprint by the world's eighth-largest economy would cut the state's emissions by 15% from today's level over the next 12 years, bringing them down to 1990 levels.
Approved by the state's Air Resources Board in a unanimous vote, the 134-page plan lays out targets for virtually every sector of the economy, including automobiles, refineries, buildings and landfills. It would require a third of California's electricity to come from solar energy, wind farms and other renewable sources -- far more than any state currently requires.
As a result of CAW's extensive involvement in the development of this plan, recycling will play a key role in helping the state achieve its goal. Read about the recycling measures adopted as part of this plan on CAW's climate change blog.