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 study published June 16 by UC Davis and other researchers shows that wild bee diversity is declining. The researchers said steps must be taken to conserve them -- and not just those that are the main pollinators of agricultural crops.
Warmer weather is bringing out snakes, including rattlesnakes, in Northern California.
The company responsible for the crude oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast said Wednesday that cleanup costs are $3 million a day.
Groups sue California, U.S. officials over management of water supply, claiming fish and the Delta estuary are being short-changed.
Relatively few of the cars on the road in California are responsible for most of the pollution. Now the state is trying to do more to get them off the road.