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Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor ruled Monday (Dec. 3) that the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) violates state law by permitting climate pollution in its environmental review. SANDAG's plan will increase greenhouse gas emissions, according to the groups, including the Sierra Club, that backed the lawsuit. As a result of the decision, SANDAG will have to make adjustments to reduce those greenhouse gas emissions. The judge expects that the case will be appealed. The plaintiffs in the suit have long argued that San Diego continues to stress auto transportation, not giving proper consideration to transit. My column of Nov. 28, "Will SD power structure accept climate change?" devotes space to the controversy and the lawsuit. It is the current column posted.

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Bob_Roberts Dec. 4, 2012 @ 10:47 p.m.

1st Climate change is inevitable, you can't stop it. 2nd Building public transport in places where few if any will ride it ALWAYS produces more "pollution". How many SANDAG PubTrans vehicles do you see that are nearly empty? I see them all the time. Funny these litigants are usually on the other side, now they're fighting against what they usually support. What is their goal again? Making money off SANDAG, I'll wager.

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Don Bauder Dec. 5, 2012 @ 2:07 p.m.

Bob: I can assure you that the plaintiffs' goals were not related to greed. Every petitioner is a public interest group: Cleveland National Forest Foundation, Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, CREED-21, Affordable Housing Coalition of San Diego County. Best, Don Bauder

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