The California Air Resources Board\u2019s September 7 plan to expand the list of early command-and-control rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions seeks a total 7.35 million metric tons of reductions, which is just 0.4 percent of the total emissions cuts required under state law. The so-called \u201cearly actions\u201d list of requirements is related to the recent dismissal of the former Air Board chair and subsequent resignation of the agency\u2019s executive director. The board, charged with implementing AB 32, the state law requiring reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, is set to review an expanded list of actions September 17. The law aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 174 million metric tons a year by 2020. Specifically, the Air Board proposed adding six new measures to its list of three so-called \u201cdiscrete early actions.\u201d These are rules it pledges to adopt and enforce by the beginning of 2010. The new measures include electrifying the state\u2019s biggest ports, expected to increase the state\u2019s power load by 893 MW. The Air Board also announced at the end of last week that it was adding five additional measures to its list of \u201cother early actions.\u201d Those include greenhouse gas reduction rules the agency will work on but not necessarily adopt by the 2010. Among them is a measure to enhance recovery of refrigerants from window air conditioning units and old refrigerators by \u201cbetter\u201d coordinating with utility energy efficiency appliance rebate programs, the Air Board said. \u201cEvery single action we take,\u201d said Mary Nichols, Air Board chair, \u201cmakes a difference toward ultimately cooling our planet.\u201d However, some took a more circumspect approach. \u201cI wouldn\u2019t call it a public relations move,\u201d said Angela Johnson Meszaros, chair of the Air Board\u2019s Global Warming Environmental Justice Advisory Committee. \u201cThe measures do begin to add up.\u201d However, she observed that the Air Board seems interested in leaving the lion\u2019s share of greenhouse gas emissions to be controlled under a cap-and-trade program. \u201cAs much as they can leave for the market,\u201d she observed \u201cthe better for a more hardy market.\u201d Following adoption of the initial list last summer, the governor fired then-Air Board chair Robert Sawyer, complaining that he was moving too slowly on clean air measures. Sawyer, however, maintained that gubernatorial operatives interfered in policy making at the Air Board and ordered him to keep the list of proposed global warming rules intentionally short. When the governor appointed Nichols to replace him, she pledged to lawmakers that the Air Board\u2019s staff will review potential measures again and with an eye toward lengthening the early action list. Later, it emerged that Nichols\u2014whose appointment as Air Board chair must be confirmed by the Legislature\u2014has extensive holdings in energy stock along with her husband, an attorney who represents ExxonMobil. Editors\u2019 note: For a more detailed version of the CARB early actions story, please see our new sister publication: E=MC2 \u2013 Energy Meets Climate Challenge. You can find it at www.energymeetsclimate.com.