California Must Reassess to Continue Reaching Environmental Targets
2013-11-06 · By Steve Neal
Following the release of a new report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that California is on track to meet its 2020 target for greenhouse gas reductions, but not its 2050 target, Long Beach City Councilmember and State Assembly candidate Steve Neal released the following statement.
“The new report on our state’s progress tackling the challenge of greenhouse gas emissions forces us to re-examine our goals, technologies, and policies to curb climate change. Global warming is a problem that the planet cannot let go unanswered, and California must continue to lead the way on solutions.
“Currently, we are on track to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to their 1990 levels by 2020. That is a tremendous step in the right direction and the rest of the country, and the rest of the world, should take notice of what we are doing. Clearly our policies and behaviors need to be continued and replicated across the world.
“At the same time, the report details how it will be virtually impossible to meet our 2050 targets, even with the most environmentally-friendly policies and technologies conceivable. This is due in large part to the increasing population in our state, and with it an increasing demand for energy resources. While disappointing, it gives us an opportunity to reassess our policies.
“I believe that we should continue on the path to meet our initial goals for 2050. As the next Assemblymember for the 64th District, I would rally behind a statewide effort to develop new technologies and solutions that have not yet been conceived to meet our goals and show the world that we can overcome the challenge of climate change.”