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.
The City of Sacramento wants to continue a washing machine rebate program that started in 2009 until the end of the decade.
Long planned changes to California’s Cap and Trade program could lead to an increase in gas prices next year. That’s causing some to call for a delay.
A Superior Court judge ordered Siskiyou county to regulate groundwater pumping to protect river.
A new UC Davis study finds this year's drought is the third most severe on record -- but the worst in terms of water losses for California farmers.
Wasting water could really start to cost you in California.