California’s Cap and Trade Offset System Created A Market for Forest Preservation

California’s Cap and Trade Offset System Created A Market for Forest Preservation

The Wall Street Journal published an eye-opening piece yesterday by Ryan Dezember (with beautiful photos and video by Brett Carlsen) that describes a burgeoning national market in carbon offset credits created by landowners promising to leave trees on their land standing.  The buyers are “investing” in trees and holding the credits — and it’s not […]

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Federal Judge Dismisses Trump Administration Lawsuit Over CA-Canada Cap and Trade

Federal Judge Dismisses Trump Administration Lawsuit Over CA-Canada Cap and Trade

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a challenge brought by the Trump administration against a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program that creates a market for emissions credits between the state of California and the Canadian province of Quebec.

Why This Matters: The Trump administration challenged the program because it argued California had no authority to deal directly with the government of another nation — that its program usurps the federal government’s primacy in foreign affairs.

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California to Reevaluate Its  Cap and Trade Program in the Wake of COVID

California to Reevaluate Its Cap and Trade Program in the Wake of COVID

The State of California’s 7-year-old cap and trade system is an important component of how the state plans to achieve its ambitious climate goals: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. As C2ES explained, California’s emissions trading program is […]

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Democrats Are Uniting Around a Progressive Climate Platform

Democrats Are Uniting Around a Progressive Climate Platform

In a well-researched and thorough story, Vox reporter David Roberts explains why Democrats should finally be hopeful that the numerous factions and “green groups” that make up the Democratic coalition are coming into alignment on climate change policy and that this growing sense of unity bodes well not only for the election but also for governing in the event that Democrats retake the White House. 

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Trump Dealt Two Blows By Courts — One on Timber and One on Climate Cap and Trade

Trump Dealt Two Blows By Courts — One on Timber and One on Climate Cap and Trade

Federal Courts this week reversed two decisions by the Trump Administration, one in Alaska that would delay opening up 1.8 million acres of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska to logging and another in California that allows California’s program to reduce vehicle emissions in collaboration with the Canadian province of Quebec to continue.

Why This Matters:  Both these decisions will help the U.S. to combat climate change.

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Hero of the Week: Oregon Governor Kate Brown

Hero of the Week: Oregon Governor Kate Brown

After Republicans in Oregon’s legislature didn’t show up for work (for the second time) inorder to avoid a vote on limiting statewide carbon emissions, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown took matters into her own hands. She found a workaround–which would enable a state agency to set and enforce caps on pollution from industry and transportation fuels […]

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