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4.7 GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS <br />4.7-1 <br /> <br /> <br />This section discusses the regulatory framework for global climate change, <br />provides data on the existing global climate setting, and evaluates potential <br />global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the proposed project. <br />Modeled project emissions are estimated based on the expected waste genera- <br />tion, energy consumption, and water use of the proposed project. Fuel com- <br />busted by motor vehicle trips generated by the proposed project is also ac- <br />counted and reported as carbon dioxide emissions. <br /> <br />This section then evaluates whether the proposed project could cause a cumu- <br />latively considerable contribution to climate change by conflicting with re- <br />duction measures under State regulations. The information and analysis pro- <br />vided in this section rely primarily on the Climate Action Team 2006 Final <br />Report, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment <br />Reports, and various California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff reports. <br />Other related global climate change documents are also cited that provide <br />background information on the impacts of GHG emissions. <br /> <br /> <br />A. Regulatory Framework <br />This section summarizes existing regulatory framework and other govern- <br />mental activities addressing GHG emissions and global climate change. <br /> <br />1. Federal Laws and Regulations <br />In February 2002, the United States government announced a comprehensive <br />strategy to reduce the GHG intensity of the American economy by 18 per- <br />cent over the 10-year period from 2002 to 2012. GHG intensity measures the <br />ratio of GHG emissions to economic output. New and refined technologies <br />offer great promise to reduce GHG emissions significantly. The federal gov- <br />ernment established the multi-agency Climate Change Technology Program <br />(CCTP) in February 2002 to accelerate the development and deployment of <br />key technologies. <br /> <br />In February 2002, the United States government also announced a climate <br />change research initiative to focus on key remaining gaps in climate change