In a speech tonight to the Marin County Sierra Club, Mary Nichols, the Chair of the California Air Resources Board, announced that the latest draft of the AB 32 Scoping Plan will be released by the end of next week. The Scoping Plan, which had previously been scheduled to be released on October 3rd, is undergoing final edits.
AB 32, or the Global Warming Solutions Act, requires the California Air Resources Board to issue a "Scoping Plan" by January 1, 2009, which spells out how the state will reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 (a reduction of about 30% over projected levels), then down to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
Earlier in the day, Chair Nichols spoke to a group of Marin County councilmembers about the Marin Clean Energy proposal, a plan to establish a new renewable energy agency in Marin county. Nichols also described the framework which the Scoping Plan will create for AB 32, and how it will affect local governments. Check back soon for video of Nichols' remarks.