Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 12/04/2011 03:07:01 PM PST

A plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent by 2020 will be considered Tuesday by the the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

If adopted, the county will have met all the terms of its legal settlement with the state Attorney General’s Office in August 2007, county spokesman David Wert said.

Then-Attorney General Jerry Brown sued the county in April 2007, alleging its general plan did not include a greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan. It came amid the passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB 32, which requires the California Air Resources Board to develop guidelines to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

“We appreciate the county’s good-faith effort in their Climate Action Plan to respond to the issue of greenhouse gas emissions, an issue which presents a variety of health and other dangers to residents of our state,” said Shum Preston, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office.

A related lawsuit filed against the county by the Center for Biological Diversity and other environmental organizations was dismissed after the county settled with the Attorney General.

The proposed plan calls for the county to track emission reductions annually and to do a formal inventory every four years, with the first to occur in 2014, to gauge the county’s progress in meeting its goals.

Emissions inventories already conducted by the county concluded that in 2007, private industry and development was responsible for generating roughly 6.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, and that number is projected increase to roughly 7.6 million metric tons by 2020. The county was responsible for generating 339,714 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents in 2007, with that number expected to grow to roughly 517,221 metric tons by 2020.

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