California Assembly Considers Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Despite Concerns by Industry Groups

The Golden State is currently considering a bill (AB 1365) that will set greenhouse gas ("GHG") emission reduction targets of seven percent by 2010 and ten percent by 2020, in relation to the state's 1990 GHG emission levels.  The Assembly Natural Resources Committee passed the bill on April 25, in the face of public opposition by industry groups.  These groups expressed concerns over emissions targets and indicated their preference for a more wide-ranging effort on the part of the state's EPA to pursue GHG emission reduction standards.  The industry groups primarily opposed the deadlines, which they would extend, and complained of perceived adverse impacts on business within the Golden State.  (AB 1365) [NEW MATTER]