California lawmakers advance steeper emissions cuts goal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state's landmark climate change law - the most aggressive in the nation - by another 10 years, resisting fierce opposition from oil companies and other business interests to keep the program alive at least through 2030.

California's program to cap emissions and trade carbon permits is a crucial component of a broader effort to reduce the state's output of heat-trapping greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by the end of the decade.

Jerry Abramson, deputy assistant to the president and White House director of intergovernmental affairs, called several members of the California Legislature this week urging them to support the bill, Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, and other lawmakers said. The state Air Resources Board (ARB) will determine specific reductions by industry. California's cap-and-trade program sold 34 percent of available carbon credits, state officials announced Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.

Sponsored by Equality California, the Transgender Law Center and California NOW, AB 1732 passed the Assembly today with a 57-16 vote following a 28-7 Senate vote last Thursday.

"It's definitely significant", said Erica Morehouse, an attorney with the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund who works on Californian legislative issues.

While it was crafted with the aim of broadening support for S.B. "This will trigger more investment and more jobs in our thriving clean-energy sector and solidify California's leadership in demonstrating to the world that we can combat climate change while also spurring economic growth". "Now all members of the legislature have taken votes".

"The impacts in my county are huge", Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller, who represents Bakersfield, said prior to the vote on Wednesday. The California Chamber of Commerce is challenging the program in court, contending that the emissions trading scheme constitutes a tax requiring approval by a two-thirds majority of the legislature.

"Today's auction results show that the markets need certainty", Nancy McFadden, a senior adviser to Gov. The bill ignores concerns raised by the nonpartisan legislative analyst and a number of California stakeholders who are already paying billions to support the existing programs.

"It does give us a 2030 target, and if we look at what CARB has been doing with the scoping plan process, to my reading it didn't look as serious as it might because it wasn't clear what the legal authority post 2020 would be", said Danny Cullenward, a research associate at the Carnegie Institution for Science.

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