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→
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 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→
The California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state’s investor-owned utilities including Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison, issued a proposed ruling Friday directing how AB 32 cap-and-trade proceeds will be allocated to utility customers. The cap-and...continued→
The California Chamber of Commerce, a petroleum-powered flag-bearer for opponents of progress under California’s historic clean energy law, AB 32, filed suit in Sacramento Superior Court yesterday seeking to invalidate the auction component of AB 32’s cap-and-trade program. Having failed...continued→
On Wednesday California will launch the world’s second-largest carbon market, putting in place a key strategy to achieve the goals of California’s landmark clean energy law, AB 32. More than five years in the making, California’s cap-and-trade program will for...continued→
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