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Alex Jackson, Legal Director, California Climate Project, San Francisco

Alex Jackson

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.

Recent Posts

Californians to Receive "Climate Credit" from Pollution Permit Sales

Posted March 31, 2014 by Alex Jackson in Solving Global Warming

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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

Carbon Pollution Funds Poised to Deliver on Advancing Clean Energy in California

Posted January 7, 2014 by Alex Jackson in Solving Global Warming

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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

Study Shows California on Pace to Meet Carbon Reduction Goals

Posted November 12, 2013 by Alex Jackson

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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

What's Behind the Increase in 2012 Power Sector Emissions in California?

Posted November 4, 2013 by Alex Jackson

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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

California Highlights Progress, Previews Next Steps on Achieving Climate Goals

Posted October 2, 2013 by Alex Jackson

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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

Unpacking ARB's Proposed Cap-and-Trade Amendments

Posted July 18, 2013 by Alex Jackson in Solving Global Warming

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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

State Emissions Report Card Puts California at the Head of the Class

Posted May 14, 2013 by Alex Jackson in Solving Global Warming

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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

Transformational Investment Plan Charts Course to Meet California's Clean Energy, Air Quality Goals

Posted April 23, 2013 by Alex Jackson in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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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

Governor Brown Greenlights International Partnership with Quebec to Curb Carbon Pollution

Posted April 10, 2013 by Alex Jackson

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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

Second Auction Results Show Growing Confidence in California Carbon Market

Posted February 22, 2013 by Alex Jackson in Solving Global Warming

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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

California Carbon Market Prepares for Second Auction

Posted February 13, 2013 by Alex Jackson in Solving Global Warming

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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

California PUC Approves First-of-its-Kind "Climate Dividend" for California Households

Posted December 20, 2012 by Alex Jackson in Solving Global Warming

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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

Results Are In: California Carbon Market Takes Flight; Backed by 2-to-1 Support

Posted November 19, 2012 by Alex Jackson in Solving Global Warming

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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

Households to Reap Gains from Holding Polluters Accountable

Posted November 18, 2012 by Alex Jackson in Solving Global Warming

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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

Clean Energy Naysayers Head to Court

Posted November 14, 2012 by Alex Jackson in Solving Global Warming

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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

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