The majority of SCAG's regional council members agreed that CARB’s proposal was unrealistic and potentially harmful to our region's struggling economy. SCAG voted to reject the proposed targets of 8% for 2020 and 13% for 2035 and instead recommended emission reduction targets at 6% for 2020 and 8% for 2035.
It's important to note that the environmental community showed up at the SCAG meeting in full force, urging the board to adopt the unrealistic targets and even pleading that more could be done.
The BIA of Southern California, along with the California Building Industry Association and a broad coalition of businesses, local government and transportation organizations, brought the debate back to reality. The groups cited information straight from the MPO staff reports, which said proposed targets of this magnitude were unfeasible on a number of levels.
We applaud SCAG's leadership to do what is best for the region despite extreme political pressure!
CARB will hold its monthly board meeting Sept. 23 to adopt the final regional targets.
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