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Friday, January 20, 2017

On January 12,  California Assemblymembers Autumn R. Burke, Jim Cooper, Evan Low, and Blanca Rubio introduced legislation, AB 151, to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program beyond 2020. 

The sponsors of Assembly Bill 151 said the legislation affirms the State’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emission at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 “in the most technologically feasible and cost effective way by using a market based mechanism: cap-and-trade.” 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Donald Trump has made a series of racist, sexist and bigoted statements as well as disparaged the professional men and women of our intelligence agencies, many of whom risked their lives in service of our nation. This behavior is not befitting the office of the President of the United States and does not keep with the idea that our president should seek to be
a leader for all Americans.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Two Democratic Assemblymembers got the ball rolling on settling the future of California’s cap-and-trade program by introducing A.B. 151 yesterday. The bill would authorize the California Air Resources Board “to utilize a market-based compliance mechanism” to reduce greenhouse gases after 2020, when the current Global Warming Solutions Act expires.

There has been controversy about whether that first act, passed in 2006, amounted to an unauthorized tax, since it involved the collection of money by the state. The matter has not been settled by the courts, and Governor Jerry Brown has stated it is his intention to pass a post-2020 extension by at least a two-thirds vote so the matter won’t come up again.