The report found “significant uncertainty” that Brown’s plan would reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the degree he claims.
Governor Brown’s 2014-2015 budget proposal would spend $850-million raised from cap-and-trade auctions, $250 million of that for high speed rail.
But the LAO says high speed rail wouldn’t result in significant greenhouse gas reductions until after 2020, the statutory target.
It says emissions would actually increase during construction even with planned offsets.
High speed rail was not the only concern for the LAO. It found that the administration didn’t do enough analysis to identify and substantiate which programs provide the most greenhouse gas reductions.
Consequently the LAO says it will be difficult for the Legislature to determine which programs will result in the greatest reduction per dollar invested.
A new survey finds Californians are split over the cause of the state's drought.
A new study says its cheaper to reduce forest fuels than fight fires. The problem is where to get the money.
The City of Sacramento declared a drought in January, but city code still requires property owners keep their lawns watered and landscaping maintained.
Hundreds of waterfalls are cascading throughout Yosemite National Park, but they may not last too much longer.
Money generated from California’s cap-and-trade program would go to mass transit, sustainable affordable housing and high speed rail under a proposal by Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. Steinberg is backtracking from his previous proposal.