Apparently California governor Jerry Brown knows the best way to make that 80% of 1990 by 2050 target a reality is to trim the lead time. What better way than to order an interim emissions reduction target. And so he's ordered the state to cut emissions from 1990 levels by 40% by 2030.
2030 is not that far off for reductions of the magnitude governor Brown has ordered. Analysis, planning and implementation have to get underway almost immediately.
Mr. Brown’s order marks an aggressive turn in what had already been among the toughest programs in the nation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Under the law put into place by Mr. Brown’s predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state was required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 on the way to reach the 2050 target; California is already well on its way to meeting the 2020 goal, and may exceed it, officials said Wednesday.
So California is just five years away from reducing its emissions to 1990 levels and they might exceed that target. Ten years after that, they have to cut their emissions a further 40%.
Now remind me, what are Canada's targets? What are we aiming for? Oh yeah, a 17% reduction below 2005 levels by 2020. And, what, we're not going to make even that? Even as Ontario and Quebec make inroads on cutting their emissions, Alberta's are already far more than those two provinces combined and are set to soar even further. Price of progress, I guess.