Does California Really Need Major Land Use and Transportation Changes to Meet Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets?
by Thomas A. Rubin
July 22, 2013
The upshot of this is that California’s greenhouse gas emission targets, in and of themselves, provide little justification for efforts dramatically to change land use patterns or expand transit service. California’s metropolitan planning organizations should take note. Continued improvement in energy efficiency and emission reduction is important, but future plans should be based on proper technical information and analysis, not someone’s normative ideas about the way Americans should live, work and travel.