Suit alleges County’s Climate Action Plan ignores the science of climate-stabilization criteria
July 23, 2012 (San Diego) – The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit challenging the County of San Diego’s recent approvals related to its Climate Action Plan. The lawsuit alleges that the County did not keep its promises to the people that it made just last year in connection with its General Plan Update – promises to create a “comprehensive and enforceable” Climate Action Plan that actually achieves emissions reductions. The lawsuit also alleges that the County violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by approving standards of review for future development (thresholds of significance) which would contribute to devastating environmental consequences.
“Last year, the County promised the people that it would create a Climate Action Plan with ‘comprehensive and enforceable’ greenhouse gas emissions reductions measures - measures that would actually achieve emissions reductions. The County instead proposed business as usual - more development, no traffic solutions, and a declining environment for our children and grandchildren,” said John Stump, Chair of the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club.
“It’s a hot summer already. Under the County’s plan it’s going to keep getting hotter,” added Malinda Dickenson, one of the attorneys representing the Sierra Club in the lawsuit.
“We met with the County and provided them with examples of how they can do their part to stabilize the climate,” said Mike Bullock, Transportation Chair for the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club. “They didn’t even consider our proposals. We need to become climate realists and take action. We want to help the County lead the way to solutions instead of continuing to contribute to the problem.”