Man with the plan

Schwarzenegger’s global warming law gets closer to lowering emissions

Two years after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed his landmark global warming law, California has become the first state in the nation to unveil a comprehensive plan to dramatically cut greenhouse-gas emissions.

Released last week, the proposal calls for reductions equivalent to four tons per person. Achieving this goal will require more renewable energy, cleaner modes of transportation and a cap on the state’s worst polluters, reported The Associated Press.

As predicted, the plan is opposed by several business groups, including the California Chamber of Commerce, which estimates future regulations will boost electricity rates by 11 percent and gas rates by 9 percent.

The California Air Resources Board is scheduled to vote on this final draft in December. Regulations are expected to be implemented over the course of about three years.