California Leads By Example On Climate Change
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As the U.S. and China — the world’s top two polluting nations — turn to implementing new rules aimed at curbing climate change, the countries can look to the most populous U.S. state as an example of the costs and challenges of fighting global warming.
California already has imposed some of the world’s toughest air quality standards as it moves aggressively to lower emissions.
The state’s cap-and-trade program, launched nearly three years ago, offers one of the few real-world laboratories on how to reduce carbon emissions. The state has opted to impose extra costs on businesses that emit pollutants.
Next year, the program will be expanded to include companies that produce gasoline and other fuels, prompting predictions that consumers will see a spike in prices to cover the costs.
Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has been unapologetic about the program, saying there needs to be a completely new way of thinking if the world is going to curb carbon emissions.
“California has the most integrated response and strategy to deal with climate change of any political jurisdiction in the world,” Brown said in an interview with The Associated Press before he was re-elected this month. “What happens here doesn’t stay here, —> Read More Here