One of the authors of the city’s Climate Action Plan says four new community plans would let emissions increase, even while claiming to be consistent with the city’s mandate to slash emissions.
Recently, a debate broke out among city leaders about under what circumstances a lawyer could hold the city accountable for complying with its new, renowned Climate Action Plan.
It might find out a lot sooner than many of them imagined.
A nonprofit group run by the most outspoken proponent of the city’s plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035 sent the city a letter this month arguing that new community plans for San Ysidro, North Park, Uptown and Golden Hill all violate the Climate Action Plan.
The city has to redo the environmental reports for the plans to prove they’re consistent with San Diego’s climate goals, the letter says. If the plans can’t demonstrate how they’ll reduce greenhouse gasses consistent with the climate plan, the city needs to make up the difference by committing money for things like bike lanes and transit improvements to make it happen, the group says.
If the letter proves accurate, it could have far-reaching implications for the climate plan the city adopted last year.