The Latest on California’s efforts to extend its cap and trade climate change-fighting program (all times local):
California lawmakers have voted to extend the state’s landmark law to combat climate change after hours of fraught debate and days of direct appeals from Gov. Jerry Brown.
With Brown’s signature, California’s cap-and-trade program will survive through 2030. The program caps carbon emissions and requires polluters to obtain permits for each ton of carbon they release.
On Monday, both chambers of the state Legislature approved the extension, which has potentially global implications. California is looking to serve as a model for reducing carbon emissions even as President Donald Trump is pulling back from the fight against global warming.
Brown fought aggressively to extend the program, which would have ended in 2020, calling it the “most important” vote of lawmakers’ lives.
Some environmentalists say the program includes unreasonable concessions to oil companies.
Brown calls it an affordable way to address climate change.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to keep alive California’s signature climate change initiative has cleared a major hurdle.
The state Senate approved the bill in a 28-12 vote on Monday. The Assembly is now scheduled to begin debating it.
Brown wants lawmakers to give another decade of life to the state’s cap-and-trade program, which puts a limit on carbon emissions and requires companies to obtain permits to pollute.
Supporters overcame stiff opposition from environmental justice advocates who say the bill is too friendly to the oil industry and is not aggressive enough to save the planet from climate change.
Republican Sen. Tom Berryhill joined all Democrats in support.
Senators also approved related legislation that aims to monitor and clean up the air around major sources of pollution.
The California Senate has begun debate on Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to extend the…