Bay Area Climate Change Plan Won’t Actually Reduce Emissions

by Angela Hart : SF Public Press – excerpt

Bay Area planning officials say efforts to encourage dense development will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.
But what they rarely mention publicly is that their goal, a 15 percent per capita reduction of carbon dioxide from cars and light trucks by 2035, actually represents an overall emissions increase.
Essentially, it’s a math trick: The per capita figure hides a predicted regional population growth of 28 percent. That means total passenger vehicle emissions regionwide would actually rise by 9.1 percent — an indication that regional planning is not helping California’s efforts to become a model in combating climate change… (more)

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