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Official denial of global warming due to greenhouse gasses by the federal government ended on December 27, 2006 with the announcement that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will list the polar bear as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.   The ice on which polar bears live is melting.   In California, denial ended with the passage of AB-32, a law requiring the State to reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.

Read More >>> So, what is all this Greenhouse Gas nonsense?

Unfortunately, there is a great deal of mis-information about greenhouse gasses.   Builders who wade through this to chart a prudent course to lower emission projects will make money.

Read More >>> Why is there so much confusion?

It no longer matters if you believe that concerns about greenhouse gas emissions are misplaced.   A law (AB-32) has passed in California mandating reductions.   To be approved, new projects will be required to reduce their greenhouse gas footprint substantially as compared to similar projects constructed within the past few years.   This applies both to construction and to operation (use) emissions over the life of the project.

Reductions also need to come from the existing stock of homes, factories, cars, and all other items that burn fossil fuels or use electricity produced by burning oil, coal, or natural gas.   The measure of success for these retrofits or changes in patterns of use will be the savings on natural gas and electricity bills and the decrease in the number of gallons of gasoline we pump into our cars.   The less fossil fuels we use, the lower our greenhouse gas emissions.   It is that simple.

There is a third strategy.   This is to re-forest, either within California or elsewhere on the planet.   Greenhouse gasses freely cross national boundries.   Weather patterns quickly mix these gasses worldwide.   Trees take carbon atoms from the atmosphere, storing (or banking) these atoms as wood for future use.   The more carbon tied up as wood, the better.   A "carbon bank" is a tract of land that is being reforested.   The marketplace for paying a fee to a carbon-banking project as an offset for creating new emissions is growing.

Read More >>> CEQA Greenhouse Gas Analysis and Reduction Services

Do you have a project that must pass through CEQA in a post-AB-32 world?

EARSI can help.   To learn more about our services, 949-646-8958 or greenreport@earsi.com.