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.
Mandatory statewide water conservation rules have ended in California. But Sacramento-area users conserved 22 percent in June, compared to June 2013.
A UC Davis researcher has used pigeons to track lead pollution in New York City and plans to do the same in California cities and agricultural areas.
The state of Nevada will pay $120,000 to settle a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency complaint about storm water runoff pollution in Reno.
California is in the fifth consecutive year of drought, but state water managers ended mandatory conservation rules. Local water suppliers now determine conservation rates, and some have low or no targets. A water expert says that's 'shortsighted.'
California is in the fifth consecutive year of drought. Although mandatory statewide water conservation is over, the State Water Resources Control Board says water conservation remains a "top priority."