In their latest video ad, the California Drivers Alliance, an oil-backed front group organized to lobby against California’s clean fuel standards, claims fuel providers “need more time” to prepare for the January 1st inclusion of gasoline under California’s economy-wide...continued→
Alex Jackson, Legal Director, California Climate Project, San Francisco
California has long been a pioneer in developing innovative energy policies that shatter the false choice between a healthy environment and a vibrant economy. The state is again blazing a trail on smart energy policy through adoption and implementation of AB 32 – the nation’s premier roadmap to reduce carbon emissions and transition to cleaner sources of energy. I focus on keeping AB 32 on track, out of the courts, and spreading the good word to other jurisdictions looking for a way forward on climate and energy (hint: look no further than California).
Before joining NRDC I brushed up on the law at UC Berkeley and environmental policy at Cornell University. In between, I taught third-graders in the Dominican Republic, who remind me that fighting climate change was really the easier path.
Posted June 9, 2014 by Alex Jackson
Even before the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the nation’s first federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants last week, naysayers were claiming California’s longstanding policies to cut emissions and improve energy efficiency don’t work and have sent electric bills...continued→
California residents and small businesses will save on their April electricity bills thanks to the state’s comprehensive strategy to combat climate change under its groundbreaking Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Since its 2006 passage, AB 32 has reduced carbon...continued→
Governor Brown’s administration made public yesterday details of the first expenditure plan for revenues generated from the sale of carbon pollution allowances under California’s cap-and-trade program. The plan, set to be released as part of the Governor’s budget on Friday, proposes...continued→
Posted November 12, 2013 by Alex Jackson
A new study commissioned by the California Air Resources Board projects California will come in well under the 2020 carbon pollution limit established in the landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), and has the policy framework in place today...continued→
Posted November 4, 2013 by Alex Jackson
The California Air Resources Board released emissions reports today from the state’s largest carbon polluters in 2012. Contrary to national trends, the numbers show a sharp increase in emissions from the power sector relative to the year before. With the...continued→
Posted October 2, 2013 by Alex Jackson
California’s new roadmap for reducing carbon pollution shows that the state is on track to cut emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020, and spotlights how the state’s leadership is helping spur action by others around the world to tackle...continued→
The California Air Resources Board just released a sweeping set of proposed amendments to the cap-and-trade program, a key element of the state’s comprehensive effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions under AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. The amendments...continued→
The federal government’s energy statistics agency issued its latest state energy-related greenhouse gas emissions report card on Monday, which compares how states’ energy systems stack up relative to a few performance indicators, such as per capita emissions and carbon intensity (which...continued→
The California Air Resources Board will vote Thursday on a plan to invest the proceeds from the sale of carbon pollution allowances in transformational strategies and technologies to ensure the state meets its long-term climate and air quality goals and...continued→
Posted April 10, 2013 by Alex Jackson
On the eve of his trade mission to China this week, Governor Brown signed off on California’s proposed cap-and-trade linkage with Quebec, a step that would allow companies to trade carbon permits and seek out emission reduction opportunities across borders....continued→
The California Air Resources Board today released the results of this week’s auction of carbon pollution allowances in the world’s second-largest carbon market, revealing robust participation from a broad array of participants and signaling growing confidence in California’s landmark program...continued→
While auctions tend to conjure up images of mile-a-minute auctioneers bandying rare goods to well-heeled patrons, don’t expect to see any Picassos on display next week when California holds its second auction of carbon pollution allowances in the world’s second-largest...continued→
The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously today to approve a plan to distribute cap-and-trade allowance revenues from the utility sector that includes a first-of-its-kind “climate dividend.” Under today’s decision, every California household that draws power from one of the...continued→
The California Air Resources Board announced today the results of the first cap-and-trade auction, held last Wednesday, to limit carbon pollution from large emitters under California’s clean air law, AB 32. Two items were for up for sale: carbon pollution...continued→
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