Well, isn't this delicious. The State is suing the County of San Bernardino for failing to consider the effects of global warming in its general plan, which details growth plans for the County for the next 25 years. The State AG accuses Inland Empire dwellers of failing to consider what droughts, wildfires, greenhouse gases, and hot, hot, heat will do to their precious sprawlvilles. Heathens! Via the San Bernadino Sun:
Officials defend the plan, saying it follows the law and provides for sensible growth. It's not fair to impose complex and undefined new requirements on a plan that has been in the works for years, said David Wert, county spokesman.
The state's groundbreaking law on global warming, Assembly Bill 32, wasn't signed by the governor until last September, when the general plan was in the home stretch before its final adoption last month.
"There are no state guidelines on how to address global warming in the planning process," Wert said.
Tsk, tsk Mr. Wert. As we all learned from watching Judge Judy, ignorance of the law is no excuse. Even if the law didn't exist when you started your law-breaking plan.
· State targets county in suit [SB Sun via Planetizen]