Newland Sierra
Location of a planned carbon-neutral development near Escondido. Photo courtesy of Newland Communities

A group of environmental activists, including Sierra Club San Diego are urging  the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to draft a new and more comprehensive climate action plan.

A superior court judge ruled Wednesday in favor of the Sierra Club that San Diego County’s Climate Action Plan doesn’t comply with the county or state goals for reduced emissions. The judge also found the county’s plan to use carbon credits to offset emissions untenable.

The plan, adopted by the Board of Supervisors in February 2018, has now been rejected in court three times. The county, however, can appeal the ruling.

“Unfortunately, despite losing in court at every step of the way since 2012, the county has failed to provide the people of San Diego the type of effective and enforceable climate action plan it committed to, and which is sorely needed,” said Sierra Club attorney Josh Chatten-Brown.

Sierra Club San Diego representatives will hold a news conference to call on the county to adopt so-called “real climate solutions.” The Sierra Club will be joined by representatives from the Climate Action Campaign, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Cleveland National Forest Foundation, the Endangered Habitats League, the Environmental Center of San Diego and Preserve Wild Santee.

— City News Service