Activists Push Successfully for Bay Area Climate Rules

After an intense campaign by environmentalists, Bay Area regulators recently mapped out aggressive new measures to cut emissions of the heat-trapping gases that cause climate change. The proposed measures followed a two-and-a-half year push by 350 Bay Area and the Sierra Club to get the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to step up its efforts to fight global warming.

During the July 29 meeting of the air district's board of directors, Henry Hilken, the agency's director of planning and climate protection, presented a proposal, which, if adopted, would require regulators for the first time to consider the impact on greenhouse-gas emissions of new projects in the Bay Area. Other proposed regulations include limits on greenhouse gas emissions from refineries, wood burning, diesel generators, and methane leaks. "That would not have happened without our advocacy," said Jed Holtzman, a member of 350 Bay Area.

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