Climate Action Plan (CAP)
Napa County’s draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a halfway measure, effectively denying the immediate, grave dangers of accelerating climate disruption. The draft CAP lacks specific, mandatory and enforceable policies needed for the carbon pollution cuts required under state law (SB 32 and SB 1383). By targeting “a minimum preservation rate of 30% of existing on-site trees”, the draft CAP effectively plans for the destruction of our remaining forests instead of finding ways to save them. It also fails to fully account for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a number of sectors and doesn’t comply with SB 1383’s short lived climate pollutant reduction standards which require a 50% reduction in black carbon emissions and a 40% reduction in methane and hydrofluorocarbon emissions from 2013 levels by 2030; a 50% reduction in the level of disposal of organic waste in landfills from the 2014 level by 2020; and a 75% reduction from the 2014 level by 2025.
More serious protections are needed using current scientific standards to have a strong bearing on the quality of life for generations to come. We have filed detailed comments on these issues.