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For Immediate Release, April 13, 2007

Contacts: Adam Keats, Center for Biological Diversity, (415) 845-2509
Drew Feldmann, San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society, (909) 881-6081
Steven Farrell, Sierra Club, (310) 362 8410

Attorney General Challenges San Bernardino County General Plan
Joins Conservationists in Global Warming Concerns

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.— Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today filed a lawsuit against the County of San Bernardino’s new general plan two days after conservation groups filed a similar suit. The attorney general, filing the suit under the California Environmental Quality Act, argued that San Bernardino County failed to evaluate and disclose the impending impacts of the plan on climate change and air quality.

“This is a tremendously important action by the attorney general,” said Center for Biological Diversity attorney Adam Keats. “It is clear support for what we’ve been trying to tell the county: global warming is real, it is serious, and we have to deal with it. The law requires this and the people of California expect it.”

During the Plan’s development, the attorney general, along with conservationists, had submitted comments that urged the county to analyze greenhouse gases and climate change in its blueprint for the future. The county chose to ignore the comment.

“We’re glad that the attorney general joined this fight,” said Drew Feldmann of the San Bernardino Audubon Society. “It’s time for San Bernardino County to become part of the solution to this crisis.”

“San Bernardino County has to take responsibility for the impacts of global warming and its actions and policies that contribute to it. Approving sprawl development, encouraging motor vehicle use and dismissing the increasing risks of wildfire is wrong,” said Steven Farrell of the Sierra Club. “Warming may be a global issue, but it requires a local response.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is a nonprofit conservation organization with more than 35,000 members dedicated to the protection of imperiled species and habitat.

The San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society advocates for protection of wildlife and habitat throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

The Sierra Club is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the nation's natural resources.

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