The May issue of Environment & Climate News reports the City of Los Angeles has acceded to the demands of vocal conservation groups, abandoning plans to construct an 85-mile transmission line to deliver power from renewable sources to the nation’s second-largest city.
Also in this issue:
* A New Jersey legislator has introduced a bill that would prohibit state agencies from adopting new rules and regulations more stringent than federal standards without legislative permission.
* California’s plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions will cost jobs and more money than projected by the California Air Resources Board, according to a nonpartisan report by the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office.
* A new citrus disease is killing off Florida crops, sparking scientists and growers to take a serious look at genetic engineering as a long-range solution.
* Giving in to fierce opposition from conservationist groups, the City of Los Angeles has abandoned plans to construct an 85-mile transmission line to deliver power from renewable sources to the nation’s second-largest city.
* U.S. carbon dioxide emissions fell by more than 6 percent in 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Information Administration report. Emissions of all greenhouse gases combined fell almost 3 percent.