Two lawsuits by the Sierra Club, the Cleveland National Forest Foundation and the Center for Biological Diversity are asserting that San Diego County is not doing enough to curtail greenhouse gasses. One is against the county government and the other against the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG. These well funded environmentalists have prevailed in both cases at the Superior Court, then again this November before the 4th District Court of Appeal.
Why should Nevada County worry about the wackos winning court case in San Diego?
Experts on global warming and municipal governance said the outcome of these suits could provide crucial direction for cities and counties across California, if not nationwide.
The environmentalists allege that local government officials profess to care about climate change but don’t back it up with detailed prescriptions for “smart growth” and other ways of curbing greenhouse-gas emissions.
Why should Nevada County worry? Because the table has been set for environmental lawsuits to force local agencies to do more to reduce greenhouse gases. Remember the Greenhouse Gas Audits that the Sierra Business Council did for the County, Nevada City and Grass Valley?
These green house gas audits were to establish a baseline for greenhouse emissions. Once these audits were complete, the environmental wackos have a tool for measuring local governments progress toward reducing greenhouse gases. Without the established baseline there was no valid measurement criteria. Now that the baseline is established, they have a starting point to measure progress toward greenhouse gas reduction. They have a tool to beat local government into submission. And, if that fails then court action.
The local environmental wackos now have another tool to stop any development that they claim will not do enough to reduce greenhouse gases. They can use the courts to force more greenhouse gas reduction by local governments, just like in San Diego, forcing time lines and specific reduction goals.
To meet the goals set in the courts, local governments will have to reduce economic developments. I predict the first target will be the proposed shopping mall at Dorsey Drive and SR-20, on the right side of the new interchange.
I warned both the County and Cities to reject the free offers of greenhouse gas audits (HERE), paid for by PG&E, and conducted by the Sierra Business Council. These government agencies will soon rue the day they accepted these free services. Nothing is free, there is always a payback. Stay tuned for the greenhouse gas reduction lawsuits that will be used to torpedo local economic development.