After all this, California’s global warming law may have hit a legal wall
Oil companies couldn’t bring it down with a well-funded statewide ballot initiative. But the state’s landmark 2006 law to combat climate change by regulating carbon emissions might be undone by another of California’s major environmental laws.
Cara Horowitz reports for Legal Planet that a San Francisco superior court could set aside implementation of AB 32, finding that the “scoping plan,” the implementation strategy developed by the state’s Air Resources Board, does not comply with the California Environmental Quality Act, known as CEQA.
According to the report, the ruling, in a suit filed by “environmental justice” groups could follow a 15-day period for objections, which expires next week. So far most coverage of the “proposed ruling” seems confined to the legal blogs.
UPDATE: The only response issued from the Air Board so far is: “We are reviewing this tentative decision and will respond within the allotted time.” That allotted time is up next Tuesday, after which the judge has several weeks to finalize the ruling.
UPDATE: Major daily newspapers picked up the story on Friday. Here’s Wyatt Buchanan’s take for the San Francisco Chronicle.