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California lawmakers offer a plan to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program

January 12, 2017 by Billy Hamshaw

(Source: Los Angeles Times) A group of lawmakers, including some who have been skeptical of global warming regulations, introduced legislation on Thursday to ensure that California’s cap-and-trade emissions control program remains a permanent part of the state’s climate policy. The measure, AB 151, is only one paragraph long right now, but it represents an opening bid in the brewing battle over the future of the state’s program for requiring companies to buy pollution permits in order to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Gov. Jerry Brown wants a supermajority vote in both houses of the Legislature to safeguard cap-and-trade from legal uncertainty, stemming in part from a lawsuit over whether the program represents an unconstitutional tax. Read full article…

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