California Lawmakers Vote to Continue Reducing Emissions

Gov Brown and lawmakers

Lawmakers in California voted to continue the cap-and-trade system that reduces greenhouse gases to 40% by 2030.

In a bipartisan vote, eight Republicans in the State Legislature joined Democrats to finalize a vote on continued requirements that polluters either reduce harmful emission output or purchase permits for emission outputs. The strategy is to encentivize businesses to reduce their financial burden by reducing the pollutants they produce.

In response to the vote, Governor Jerry Brown stated, “…. California stood tall and once again, boldly confronted the existential threat of our time. Republicans and Democrats set aside their differences, came together and took courageous action. That’s what good government looks like.”

Many Californians still oppose the cap-and-trade, a system that provides economic incentives for reducing emissions, maintaining that can be an economic hardship on small businesses. Still the bill was supported by the Chamber of Commerce, along with manufacturing and agricultural associations.

One concessions that garnered some Republican votes was limiting separate regulations for refineries. Marin and San Mateo counties, and the City of Imperial Beach filed a lawsuit  against a number of oil, gas, and coal companies for their increase in carbon pollution.

For more information on the vote to continue reducing emissions, see: California lawmakers extend program to cut emissions in bipartisan vote

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