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  • Air board chair on pundits' list for EPA

    12/29/2012 1:15:22 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 28, 2012 | Wyatt Buchanan
    The woman who led California through the development and implementation of some groundbreaking environmental policies could soon be headed to Washington, D.C. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her resignation this week, and already people are speculating about who will next head the agency. One name on nearly every pundit's short list: California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols. Nichols would be a controversial pick, as would most any candidate with a strong environmental record. She was rumored to be a finalist four years ago, but President Obama picked Jackson, a chemical engineer who had served as former...
  • Will jobs be lost with cap and trade?

    08/19/2012 10:31:07 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/19/12 | Dan Morain
    Extraordinarily smart people at the California Air Resources Board have taken to using the term "leakage" as they go about devising the experimental cap and trade system for reducing greenhouse gases. Homer Perez, head boiler mechanic at Pacific Coast Producers' tomato cannery off East Main Street in Woodland, might use a word that is more familiar to the rest of us: "layoff." The cannery has been operating under one owner or another since the 1920s. A cooperative of 16 growers in Yolo, Solano and Sutter counties owns it now. Perez has worked there for 28 of the past 29 years....
  • [CA] looks at reducing 'cap and trade' burden on businesses [dole out extra carbon credits]

    08/13/2012 2:16:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 13, 2012 | Dale Kasler
    Big business sees California's global-warming law as a job killer, a $1 billion tax that could force some of the state's heaviest industries to flee. ..state regulators, trying to ease the burden, are studying whether to give hardship breaks to dozens of companies. ....the state would dole out extra carbon credits – the precious allowances that will give industries the license to emit greenhouse gases starting in January.... could save companies millions of dollars. Like practically everything connected with..the Global Warming Solutions Act, the idea is controversial. ..."We're … concerned about the system being gamed," said Kathryn Phillips, director of...
  • More than half of Californians say they know nothing about landmark global-warming law

    08/02/2012 9:26:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/2/12 | Dana Hull
    California's landmark global-warming bill was a white-hot topic in the 2010 governor's race and remains former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature environmental achievement. But as the state prepares to unroll the law's cap-and-trade program in November with the first state auctions of emissions permits, a new poll finds that 57 percent of Californians say they have never heard anything about the program. The statewide poll by the Public Policy Institute of California further found that 30 percent of respondents said they had heard "a little," while just 12 percent said they had heard "a lot." "Cap-and-trade is a very complicated issue...
  • California weighs giving away more CO2 permits (to stem 'leakage' of businesses fleeing state)

    08/01/2012 10:12:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/1/12 | Rory Carroll | Reuters
    Aug 1 (Reuters Point Carbon) - In an effort to dissuade companies in key industries facing new carbon costs from leaving the state, California is considering giving them millions of dollars worth of additional free greenhouse gas allowances, state's air regulator said on Monday. California's cap-and-trade program seeks to emulate tactics used in the European Union and Australia to address emission "leakage" - a term describing the exodus of employers from a state or country in order to sidestep environmental costs. The California Air Resources Board (ARB), the regulator of the forthcoming program, held a workshop in Sacramento on Monday...
  • In rare political appearance, Schwarzenegger to join Brown today in San Diego (Sunrise Powerlink)

    07/26/2012 1:06:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies ^ | 7/26/12 | Carla Marinucci
    Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will make a rare political public appearance today, with his schedule opening up to join Gov. Jerry Brown in San Diego at the groundbreaking and dedication of the Sunrise Powerlink — a large transmission line project that will run from the Imperial Valley to San Diego. Schwarzenegger promoted and supported that project more than four years ago.
  • Windfall of cash could hit state treasury from global warming program

    04/08/2012 7:48:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 64 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 4/8/12 | Paul Rogers
    For the past 10 years, California has struggled with huge budget deficits and wrenching cuts. Suddenly, however, the state is poised to raise billions from an unusual new source: the proceeds from its landmark global warming law. The windfall could come as soon as this fall, when state officials are set to begin auctioning off pollution credits to oil refineries, power plants and other major polluters as part of a new "cap-and-trade" system. The amounts are potentially enormous: from $1 billion to $3 billion a year in 2012 and 2013, jumping to as high as $14 billion a year by...
  • Crony Capitalist Land Grab in California

    04/07/2012 6:57:09 AM PDT · by Law is not justice but process · 13 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 6, 2012 | Alec Rawls
    In 2006 California’s Senate Bill 107 codified a requirement that by 2010 all electricity retailers in the state were to procure 20% of their electricity from “renewables.” That same year L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich established Nuisance Abatement Teams that started combing the Mojave desert hitting isolated residents with ever-expanding lists of code violations, imposing whatever it took to drive residents out, and they made their intentions perfectly clear . . . . . . Apparently it is not enough that our green crony capitalists are getting billions in taxpayer subsidies, or that that rate-payers are forced to buy their...
  • Going green will cost California more green

    02/19/2012 7:41:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 27 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/19/12 | Dan Walters
    The state of California has made a full-blown commitment to reducing reliance on fossil-fuel energy and other limited resources. Utilities are required to use solar, wind and geothermal sources for a third of their electricity supply by 2020, while owners of homes and businesses are being urged to install solar panels. The state is mandating that automakers dramatically ramp up sales of battery-powered and other low-emission cars. It is imposing new cap-and-trade emission controls on business with hefty fees. Essentially, the state is trying to force California into an entirely new economic structure, claiming, in Gov. Jerry Brown's words, that...
  • California Issues Clown Car Mandate

    01/30/2012 4:37:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 30, 2012
    Green Politics: Golden State regulators have passed sweeping emission standards requiring one in seven new cars sold in the state in 2025 be an electric or other zero-emission vehicle. What can go wrong? Plenty, for if we've learned anything in recent years, it's that industrial policy and telling consumers what they need and must have vs. what they want and find useful doesn't work. Only the marketplace can accurately pick winners and losers. The government, having no competition, usually picks losers. We have also learned that climate change is an overhyped fantasy based on ideology rather than science. Yet the...
  • Gov. Brown: Cap-and-trade could pay for high-speed rail

    01/30/2012 1:38:27 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Orange County Register (CA) ^ | January 30, 2012 | by Ronald Campbell
    Gov. Jerry Brown said Sunday that cap-and-trade fees could help pay for high-speed rail, and that the cost would be well under the $100 billion forecast by the California High-Speed Rail Authority just three months ago. “It’s not going to be $100 billion,” Brown said. “That’s way off.” The voter-approved project would create a 220-mph train from San Francisco to Anaheim with eventual connections to Sacramento and San Diego. According to a transcript of the interview in the Sacramento Bee, Brown said, “Phase 1, I’m trying to redesign it in a way that in and of itself will be justified...
  • State shift of carbon fee to deficit questioned

    01/11/2012 4:41:56 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 11, 2012 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal includes nearly $500 million in spending from the proceeds of California's first-in-the-nation cap-and-trade program, but the plan is raising questions about whether the governor is using the new money to cut the budget deficit instead of promoting new greenhouse-gas-reducing programs. The controversial cap-andtrade program essentially puts a price on carbon emissions by limiting the amount of CO2 that can be produced by the state's largest polluters. They have to purchase credits from the state to cover the amount of carbon emitted. While the program went into effect Jan. 1, the state's first auction to sell...
  • Federal judge blocks Calif. low-carbon fuels rule

    12/29/2011 4:41:43 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/29/11
    Fresno, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge is blocking California from enforcing its first-in-the-nation mandate for cleaner, low-carbon fuels, saying the rules favor biofuels produced in the state. . . . The California Air Resources Board adopted the low-carbon fuel standard as part of the state's landmark 2006 global warming law.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger 'proud' of Jerry Brown on environment

    12/15/2011 8:53:14 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 17 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 15, 2011 | Sacramento Bee
    Hours after Gov. Jerry Brown issued a spirited attack on politicians who doubt the significance of climate change, Brown's predecessor -- former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- praised Brown but urged a spirit of inclusiveness. "To me, it made no difference if a Democrat had a great idea or a Republican had a great idea, or if someone from the outside had a great idea, or if someone from within the office had a great idea," Schwarzenegger said this afternoon at Brown's conference on climate change at the California Academy of Science in San Francisco. "The more inclusive you are about...
  • California's Economic Suicide

    10/25/2011 4:24:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 25, 2011 | Editor
    The Weather: Regulations finalized by the California Air Resources Board establish the nation's first state-run cap-and-trade regime. Despite Solyndra, the state will gather solar panels while it may. The 262 pages of regulations implementing California's 2006 global warming legislation, Assembly Bill 32, approved by CARB last Thursday, will probably reduce employment more than it reduces emissions. The only thing it will cap is economic growth by bleeding a patient that is already hemorrhaging red ink. Signed into law in 2006 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the cap-and-trade regulations are intended to force California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels...
  • State air board approves 'historic' greenhouse gas rules (CARB - it puts a price on carbon)

    10/21/2011 9:29:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Mercury news ^ | 10/20/11 | Mike Taugher - CoCo Times
    California became the first state to cap greenhouse gas emissions across its major industries Thursday when air regulators unanimously approved a plan to allow companies to sell pollution credits as a way to ratchet down heat-trapping gases. The state Air Resources Board took the action almost a year after a nearly identical plan was approved, then delayed by environmentalists who demanded the board consider taxing carbon as an alternative to the cap-and-trade strategy. By 2013, refineries, power plants and the rest of the state's top 600 industrial sources of greenhouse gases will have to cut emissions on average by 10...
  • California to launch Cap and Tax tomorrow

    10/19/2011 3:56:07 PM PDT · by fifedom · 17 replies
    Powerlineblog ^ | Oct. 19, 2011 | Steven Hayward
    California plan(s) to launch their long-promised cap and trade program to fight global warming starting tomorrow (Oct. 20, 2011). (Not coincidentally) Tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal will include these two headlines that are up already online: Japan Reconsiders Plan to Cut Carbon Emissions And, EU Weighs Pullback on Cutting Emissions
  • California, the Example of What the Nation Could Become

    10/11/2011 10:42:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    California Political Review ^ | October 10, 2011 | Congressman Tom McClintock
    I want to welcome this groundbreaking scientific expedition to the savage lands of the Left Coast. You are here in California to answer an important theoretical question and now you have your answer. Yes, this is what Barack Obama’s second term would look like. Study it. Fear it. And then go home and make sure that it never happens to the rest of the country. Of course, in spite of all of its problems, California is still one of the best places in the country to build a successful small business. All you have to do is start with a...
  • ARB Announces Plans to Require Major Industrial Facilities to Cut Pollution

    06/30/2011 10:19:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    SFGate ^ | 6/30/11 | Devra Wang
    At a California Senate oversight hearing yesterday called by Senator Pavley, a joint author of the state's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), Air Resources Board Chairman Nichols reaffirmed her agency's commitment to proceed with implementation of a robust package of clean energy policies backed up with a cap-and-trade program to cut the state's emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020. Chairman Nichols also announced a major new addition to the AB 32 package - CARB will require that major industrial facilities in California, such as refineries and cement plants, implement cost-effective reduction measures that will provide significant greenhouse...
  • {California Appeals} Court says state can go ahead with cap and trade plan

    06/27/2011 12:42:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 38 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/27/11 | Rick Daysog
    The state can go ahead with its plans to cap carbon emissions by California's largest refiners, utilities and other industrial companies, under a ruling by a state appellate court on Friday. The 1st District Court of Appeals in San Francisco overruled a lower court ruling in May that ordered the California Air Resources Board to halt all work on its cap and trade program. The cap and trade program was set to begin operating in January and ARB officials had been working to develop the program's enforcement rules, oversight procedures and reporting requirements for heavy polluters.
  • S.F. judge puts state's cap and trade plan on hold

    05/21/2011 9:08:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/21/11 | Rick Daysog
    California must put an immediate halt to work on its cap and trade program until it completes a review of alternative approaches to reducing climate change, a state judge said Friday. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled in March that the California Air Resources Board failed to conduct such a review but left open the question of whether the agency could conduct rule-making, environmental studies or do any other work while the legal issues were being resolved. The state said at the time that it would appeal. On Friday, Goldsmith enjoined the ARB from "engaging in any cap...
  • Sierra Club asks Jerry Brown to reassess cap-and-trade rule (AB 32 "doesn't go far enough")

    05/11/2011 8:26:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    SacBee ^ | 5/11/11 | Torey Van Oot
    A leading environmental group has called on Gov. Jerry Brown to take another look at the cap-and-trade rule adopted by the Air Resources Board late last year, saying the regulation doesn't go far enough to meet the standards set by the state's 2006 greenhouse gas emission reduction law. In a letter sent Monday, Sierra Club Director Bill Magavern writes that the rule change approved at the end of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's term "has some serious flaws that will limit its effectiveness in reducing emissions and generating green jobs, and call into question its compliance with the environmental justice requirements...
  • Communities Win Climate Change Funds (AB 32 and the Unicorns farting Skittles)

    05/02/2011 11:11:18 AM PDT · by wac3rd · 8 replies
    California Watch ^ | May 2, 2011 | Sarah Terry-Cobo
    Tackling climate change just got a little bit easier, with some help from federal funding. The Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded grants to five local and tribal governments in California for projects that include reducing waste, improving energy efficiency and planting drought-resistant gardens. Nationwide, 50 communities will receive funds for localized efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, totaling $20 million in two years. While there isn't a national target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the state's Global Warming Solutions Act (known as AB 32) mandates a reduction to 85 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. In the Bay Area, Alameda...
  • CALIFORNIA: State's cap-and-trade plan suffers legal setback

    03/21/2011 9:15:10 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/21/11 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    California's attempt to implement its landmark global warming law with a market-oriented "cap-and-trade" system of pollution credits hit a snag Monday with a judge's ruling that the state had not looked hard enough at alternatives. The ruling by Judge Ernest Goldsmith of San Francisco Superior Court does not prohibit the state Air Resources Board from adopting cap and trade or explicitly require that officials delay the system's scheduled implementation next year. But Goldsmith said the board must first analyze other options, such as a tax on carbon emissions, and explain why it did not choose them. The state agency "seeks...
  • Calif. seeks right to sue over greenhouse gases

    03/15/2011 8:13:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies ^ | 3/15/11 | Bob Egelko
    California and five other states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to let them sue power companies whose plants emit greenhouse gases, saying legal action is needed as a backup for the Obama administration's embattled efforts to curb pollution that contributes to global warming. The case, to be argued April 19, pits the states and environmental organizations against an unusual alliance: the energy industry, which opposes the emissions limits, and the Obama administration, which says such restrictions should be imposed by Congress and federal agencies, not the courts. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to issue regulations in May 2012 that...
  • California’s AB32 cap-n-trade: “could be worse than sticky”

    02/18/2011 9:40:02 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | February 18, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    SPECIAL REPORT-The California Carbon Rush (Hold the Eureka!)It could be worse than sticky, argues Gary Stern, a power utility executive. Stern lived through the disastrous deregulation of the California power market a decade ago and fears the carbon market will be small and open to manipulation. The state refuses to set a limit for prices. Traders could learn how to corner the market (think Enron) and then hold hostage utilities and factories with no option but to buy sky-high permits on the open market.State officials say they are working on new safeguards to stop just such efforts and will unveil...
  • Your Hometown & the United Nations’ Agenda 21

    02/10/2011 6:32:13 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The New American ^ | 2/10/2011 | William F. Jasper
    In March 2010, Nor-Cal Produce, a family-owned produce business in West Sacramento, was fined $32,500 by the California Air Resources Board (ARB, or CARB). The company was not charged with, or even accused of, illegal emissions; like many other businesses, it had merely failed to notice a new regulation posted by CARB requiring all semi-trailers, shipping containers, vans, and rail cars with diesel-powered refrigerators to file a report with the agency. “We had no knowledge of the law,” Nor-Cal’s Chief Financial Officer Todd Achando told CalWatchDog, a news blog that monitors California government. “My operations manager happened to see it...
  • Lawsuit by low-income groups may delay California climate law

    02/09/2011 11:38:27 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    California Watch ^ | February 9, 2011 | Sarah Terry-Cobo
    The latest legal challenge to California's landmark climate-change legislation isn't coming from big polluters faced with a series of new regulations. Instead, groups representing low-income residents are challenging the environmental law as unfairly burdening their beleaguered communities. A handful of community groups, represented by the San Francisco-based Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment have filed a motion that could delay the implementation of parts of the Global Warming Solutions Act, also known as AB 32. The groups suing the Air Resources Board argue in part that fledgling law violates the California Environmental Quality Act because the air board failed...
  • CARB Before Horse

    02/07/2011 4:57:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 7, 2011 | Staff
    States: A court has tentatively ruled against California's cap-and-trade law because alternatives were not considered. But then, neither were climate facts or the economic impact. There's a delicious irony in the ruling by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith barring the California Air Resources Board (CARB) from implementing AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. In the opinion of the court, CARB failed to complete the required environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act because it did not adequately analyze the legislation to see if there are better ways to get the job done. One of the...
  • CA:Prop23 cap-n-trade gets tangled in environmental review...( C.A.R.B has a problem...)

    02/04/2011 10:36:01 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | February 4, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    Oh this is delicious sweet irony…they adopted a plan but didn’t bother to make a complete environmental review like any other project in the state is required to do. That’s what they get for ramrodding the thing. From the:Calif. cap-trade plan dealt blow by S.F. judgeWyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento BureauFriday, February 4, 2011(02-04) 04:00 PST Sacramento - –The California Air Resources Board violated state environmental law in 2008 when it adopted a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gases and again last year when it passed cap-and-trade regulations, a San Francisco Superior Court judge has ruled in a tentative decision. If...
  • California global warming regulations voided by judge

    02/04/2011 9:33:26 AM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 4, 2011 | Thomas Lifson
    California's sweeping plan to institute cap and trade and regulate "greenhouse gases" has been thrown out by a San Francisco judge. reports: The California Air Resources Board violated state environmental law in 2008 when it adopted a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gases and again last year when it passed cap-and-trade regulations, a San Francisco Superior Court judge has ruled in a tentative decision. [snip] In his decision, Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled that the air board approved the larger plan to implement AB32 prior to completing the required environmental review, and that the board failed to adequately consider alternatives to cap and...
  • CA: State violated law in passing greenhouse gas plan (enacted rules w/o complete CEQA review)

    02/03/2011 5:42:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies ^ | 2/3/11 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Sacramento -- The California Air Resources Board violated state environmental law in 2008 when it adopted a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gases and again last year when it passed cap-and-trade regulations, a San Francisco Superior Court judge has ruled in a tentative decision. If the decision is made final, California would be barred from implementing its ambitious plan to combat global warming until it complies with portions of the California Environmental Quality Act, though it's not yet clear what the air board would have to do to be in compliance. The state's plan, which implements AB32, the Global Warming...
  • California's 'cap-and-trade' escapade--Golden State pushes climate change over business climate

    12/28/2010 10:06:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 4+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 27, 2010 | Editorial
    The fact that the lame-duck Congress balked at endorsing "cap-and-trade" legislation didn't deter California from approving its own version of the extreme green scheme for restricting industrial emissions. The move bolsters the state's reputation as the left coast's home for ideas out of left field. Soon Americans will witness what happens when global-warming hysteria worsens an already sick economy.California's Air Resources Board approved a cap-and-trade system on Dec. 16 that covers 360 businesses at 600 locations statewide. In its first phase, starting in 2012, electric utilities and other large manufacturers will receive free permits allowing emissions at their current...
  • Schwarzenegger says he’d like a job working for Obama

    12/20/2010 12:13:38 PM PST · by Enchante · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/20/10 | Holly Bailey
    Schwarzenegger, who counts legislation combating global warming as one of his signature achievements in office, suggested he might be interested in a post dealing with energy or the environment. "I'm a big believer in environmental issues," Schwarzenegger said, who added that he wanted a post where he could use his "celebrity power … knowledge and experience" to impact public policy. "I've traveled the world. … I'm very familiar with the world."
  • California Adopts Cap And Trade

    12/19/2010 7:29:08 AM PST · by greenhornet68 · 36 replies
    SAN FRANCISCO --California regulators late Thursday adopted the first large-scale cap-and-trade program in the U.S., in a move officials say will protect the environment without hurting the state's still-struggling economy.
  • Cap-And-Trade Tosses An Anchor To Drowning California Economy

    12/17/2010 6:31:45 PM PST · by raptor22 · 42 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 17, 2010 | Chuck DeVore
    California often leads the nation, especially in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The act of leading is one thing, however. Leadership's outcome is another matter entirely. On Friday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the bureaucracy charged with implementing AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, adopted a cap-and-trade scheme to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions by about 15% by 2020. CARB's regulations go into effect in 2012. The unelected officials at CARB intend to reorder California's use of energy. In so doing they blandly declaim that their rules will create jobs while admitting to higher energy costs...
  • California approves extensive carbon-trading scheme

    12/17/2010 1:09:50 PM PST · by kingattax · 63 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12-17-10
    California has approved an extensive carbon-trading plan aimed at cutting greenhouse emissions. State regulators passed a "cap-and-trade" framework to let companies buy and sell permits, giving them an incentive to emit fewer gases.
  • CA: Chicago Climate Exchange = FAIL, Now California opens “Pacific Carbon Exchange”

    12/16/2010 9:43:48 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Watts Up With That? ^ | December 16, 2010 | Anthony Watts
    California hasn’t learned from the failure of the Chicago Climate Exchange this year, when a ton of Carbon traded for a mere 5 cents. Nobody wanted to buy it even at that ridiculously low price. But, like a zombie, carbon trading rises again in brain dead broken day on CCX - click to enlarge Now the the AB32 madness begins, and PCarbX (which sounds like some over the counter antacid remedy) is the new trading scheme. I give it two years, max. Here’s the story from the San Francisco Chronicle.California poised to enter carbon-trading marketAndrew S. Ross Today could...
  • California air board OKs cap-and-trade regulations

    12/16/2010 9:33:15 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/16/10 | Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    The California Air Resources Board on Thursday approved the creation of the nation's first broad-based program to put a cap on greenhouse gas emissions and to begin charging large emitters for the excess carbon dioxide they put in the air. After an all-day meeting, the board voted 9-1 for the proposal, which will take effect beginning in 2012 and means California is once again moving forward with climate change policy while efforts on the national level have stopped. "The comment 'the world is watching' is sometimes an idle comment. It's not idle this afternoon," said Air Resources Board member Ronald...
  • Calif. regulators OK major greenhouse gas rules (state launching into a "historic adventure")

    12/16/2010 7:52:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/10 | Jason Dearan - ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California regulators on Thursday approved the first system in the nation to give polluting companies such as utilities and refineries financial incentives to emit fewer greenhouse gases. The Air Resources Board voted 9-1 to pass the key piece of California's 2006 climate law — called AB32 — with the hope that other states will follow the lead of the world's eighth largest economy. State officials also are discussing plans to link the new system with similar ones under way or being planned in Canada, Europe and Asia. California is launching into a "historic adventure," said Mary Nichols,...
  • California to adopt 'cap and trade' to combat climate change (Air Resources Board to vote)

    12/15/2010 6:58:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 12/15/10 | Dana Hull
    Taking the lead where Washington has wavered, California on Thursday is expected to adopt the nation's most ambitious plan yet to curb global warming. The California Air Resources Board is all but certain to vote to approve comprehensive "cap and trade" regulations designed to cut greenhouse gases. The regulations would impose limits, or "caps," on emissions from large industrial polluters through permits, or allowances, that could be traded on a market. California's plans to forge ahead are in sharp contrast to the lack of action from Washington, where Congress has rejected cap and trade at the national level. While the...
  • Governor Receives U.S. EPA Environmental Climate Change Champion Award

    12/04/2010 11:12:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    MR. BLUMENFELD: So today we recognize this person for an extraordinary vision and leadership as an early, ardent and articulate champion in the defense of our planet against global climate change. This person had a great team. I want to recognize Terry Tamminen and Linda Adams, who are both here, who really -- you can't do this stuff alone when you're sitting -- (Applause) And the job at the top is lonely and so when you surround yourselves by people you want to have people that free you up to take action and those are the type of people that...
  • Closing credits: What is Schwarzenegger's legacy?

    12/01/2010 8:22:40 AM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/1/10 | Steve Wiegand
    He has been, in many ways, a governor of firsts:• The first to take office as a result of a recall election.• The first to commute, on an almost daily basis and via private jet, between the Capitol and his Southern California mansion. • The first to have served in the Austrian army, the first to have won the Mr. Olympia body-building title seven times, and - as far as we know - the first California chief executive to have nude photos of himself widely available on the World Wide Web.But "first" does not necessarily mean "great," or even "good."And...
  • Dan Walters: Schwarzenegger trying hard for legacy

    11/30/2010 8:06:05 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/30/10 | Dan Walters
    Arnold Schwarzenegger dished out make-believe mayhem during his action movie hero days, but he must be a closet masochist. Why else would he say, as he often does, that he'd love to remain governor of California? He's already one of the most unpopular governors in state history, and he's leaving behind an economy that's erased more than a million jobs and a state budget deficit that's worse than the one he inherited seven years ago. A rational man would jet to his ski lodge in Sun Valley and return to Sacramento just in time to hand the mess to successor...
  • Clean-tech advocates hail Schwarzenegger's legacy

    11/17/2010 8:32:15 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/17/10 | Rick Daysog
    When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, there were 30 clean-tech companies in the Sacramento region. Today, there are more than 100 such companies in the area employing thousands of workers. With weeks remaining in Schwarzenegger's administration, the fledgling green economy in Sacramento and the rest of California owes a debt to Schwarzenegger's stewardship of the state's climate-change law and his administration's policies, clean-tech advocates say. "(Gov. Schwarzenegger) helped to spark a clean-energy revolution in our state and ignite a national dialogue about the importance of climate change legislation," said state Sen. Fran Pavley,...
  • Schwarzenegger pushes new greenhouse gas initiative

    11/15/2010 4:49:54 PM PST · by SmithL · 30 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/15/10 | Rick Daysog
    Encouraged by what Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called clean energy's "greatest referendum in history," California officials are pushing ahead with a new greenhouse gas accord with developing foreign countries. Schwarzenegger today launched the third Governors' Global Climate summit at the University of California, Davis, saying this month's landslide defeat of Proposition 23, an oil industry backed initiative to roll back the state's landmark climate change law, shows broad support among voters for climate change initiatives. "I hope that our success encourages you to fight and keep fighting and fighting because science is on our side, the economics is on our side...
  • Public carbon trading dead in the USA ( However California CARB is at work )

    11/08/2010 10:14:06 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | November 8, 2010 | Anthony Watts
    Public carbon trading dead in the USA Posted on November 8, 2010 by Anthony Watts Gore’s grand experiment has flatlined. As we reported almost two weeks ago, the Gore and Pachauri advised Chicago Carbon Exchange (CCX) has closed. Closing price? A nickel per ton of CO2.Here’s the final day closing page for posterity:A 16 lb bag of charcoal briquettes is worth more than a ton of CO2. About 220x more. Here’s more on the story:Carbon Trade Ends on Quiet Death of Chicago Climate ExchangeBy John O’SullivanRepublican mid-term election joy deals financial uncertainty among green investors as the Chicago Climate Exchange announces...
  • Gov.-Elect Jerry Brown's New Worst Nightmare

    11/07/2010 5:04:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 101 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 7, 2010 | Debra J. Saunders
    "The taxpayers gave and they also took away. On one hand, the people said by a majority, 'Give us a budget.' On the other hand, they said, 'Don't pick my pocket.'" This was Jerry Brown's verdict on California voters' picks on ballot measures delivered at his post-victory press conference Wednesday. In passing Proposition 25, which allows the Legislature to pass a budget with a simple majority vote, the people made it easier for Sacramento to pass a budget. But in approving Proposition 22, which prohibits using funds dedicated to local services to close the state's budget hole, voters made it...
  • Calif.'s Little-Noticed Prop 26 Squeaks Through in Dead of Night

    11/04/2010 2:10:35 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 19 replies · 2+ views
    November 3, 2010 Calif.'s Little-Noticed Prop 26 Squeaks Through in Dead of Night By COLIN SULLIVAN of Greenwire The same California voters who rejected a proposition yesterday that would have suspended the state's climate change law also approved a separate ballot referendum that could undermine how cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are implemented by changing the definition of environmental fees. Proposition 26, which passed officially early this morning, will tighten how the state constitution defines taxes and regulatory fees. It has been called the "evil twin" of Proposition 23 by environmental activists who fear it would inhibit the state's ability...
  • CA: Quote of the week – unbelievable hubris from CARB’s Mary Nichols (

    11/03/2010 2:15:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 42 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | November 3, 2010 | Anthony Watts
    Now that California’s Prop 23 to suspend the AB32 global warming law has failed, you get some real clarity from the players. If you ever doubted that our current crop of “save the planet” bureaucrats think they are above answering to the very citizens that pay their salary, this quote should put any doubt you may have had to rest.From public TV station KQED’s “climate watch” blog: “They didn’t know who they were messing with,” said Mary Nichols, when the first numbers came in from the polls. Wow. Just wow. Hubris maximus. Lady, you need a reality check.Read the holier...