- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
The release begins a public comment period culminating in a December 16 public hearing in Sacramento, Calif., at which the Board will consider adopting the proposed program. For more details and instructions on how to comment on the proposed regulation, see the Notice of Public Hearing (pdf).
The cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions would institute an overall limit on the emissions from industrial sources. According to a CARB press release, the program is designed to work in collaboration with the state's extant environmental policies.
A pdf overview of the program is available at Here.
The regulation (pdf) and all related material is at: Here.
California's Global Warming Solutions Act, passed in 2006, attempts to set GHG reduction targets on par with international proposals to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. In 2008 CARB approved the AB 32 Scoping Plan that uses a mix of approaches to meet climate change goals, including a cap-and-trade program and other complementary measures. CARB's attempts to institute statewide GHG controls has been a contentious issue for the federal EPA.
SOURCE: California Air Resources Board press release