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 yellow-legged frog that was once the most abundant amphibian in the Sierra Nevada is now the most rare. But a new study finds the frog population in Yosemite National Park shows signs of slow recovery after decades of severe decline.
About 2,000 people are expected to help remove trash along Sacramento's American River Parkway this Saturday. The Great American River Cleanup is part of Coastal Cleanup Day, the state's largest annual volunteer event held in mid-September.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today added an historic Amador County gold mine to the list of the nation's worst toxic sites. Argonaut Mine is located west of downtown Jackson. It operated from the 1850s to the early 1940s.
A new study shows fire-fighting foam containing highly fluorinated chemicals is contaminating drinking water supplies around many of the nation's military bases, airports and industrial sites.
Update 8:00 p.m. Sunday: Crews are making "good progress" on the Cold Fire in Yolo County, now at 60% containment. In Monterey County, the Soberanes Fire remains at 45% containment with wind creating an additional challenge for firefighters.