Thursday, 1 July 2010

Draft SB 375 Targets: Ambitious? Achievable? You be the judge.

Yesterday, the California Air Resources Board released draft regional transportation GHG emissions reduction targets. This may sound very boring, but these targets are the performance target upon which California's anti-sprawl and GHG reduction will be based. Weak targets will mean that regional and local transportation policymakers can relax and not worry to much about infill development or transit. Overly strong targets could mean that regions must introduce a level of transportation pricing that goes beyond creating system efficiencies and hurts Gross Regional Product. Finding a reduction target that is just right will help the state ease the transition to a low carbon economy and mitigate the effects of sudden fuel price spikes, like the state experienced in 2007-2008: