California Extends Climate Bill, Handing Gov. Jerry Brown a Victory

California Extends Climate Bill, Handing Gov. Jerry Brown a Victory”

The legislation extends California's cap-and-trade program, which was set to expire in three years, through 2030 and attempts to strengthen it by requiring large industrial facilities to upgrade old equipment with cleaner, more modern technology by 2023.

"California Governor Jerry Brown said" There's a lot of mystery here and there's a lot of miracles and there's a lot of prayers.

Cap-and-trade puts a limit on carbon emissions and requires polluters to obtain permits to release greenhouse gases. Democrats, Republicans, businesses, the faith community, labor and environmentalists worked together to extend California's landmark cap and trade program and adopt a stronger air pollution law.

Brown portrays the plan as essential for the survival of civilization, but critics say it fails to aggressively combat pollution.

The California program is the only one of its kind in the United States and is considered an worldwide model by using regulatory financial pressure to encourage carbon-releasing industries to reduce emissions, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Senate backed it 28-12.

One Republican in the Senate broke party lines and joined 48 Democrats to pass the bill, while one Republican joined 27 Democrats in the Senate. Some permits, known as allowances, are given away while others are auctioned, generating billions of dollars in revenue for the state. One measure aims to improve local air quality, and helped bring some Democrats on board with the cap-and-trade deal. Extending cap and trade is the right thing to do. As SFGATE reported, many conservative legislators opposed the cap-and-trade extension out of concerns that it would cause an increase in gas and electricity prices. California law mandates that, by 2030, the state reduces carbon emissions by 40 percent of what they were in 1990.

Brown and other state Democratic leaders have vowed to make California the leader in opposing the environmental policy of Trump, who has rolled back the programs of his predecessor, Barack Obama. "It is a threat to organized human existence", said Brown. The governor says the move would give businesses the certainty they need to plan.

Brown made a trip to China last month, plans to attend a climate summit in Germany in November, and will host a climate conference next year in San Francisco.

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