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A Climate Convergence in San Francisco

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 10/05/2011 - 3:09pm

Organizers call San Francisco “flagship” event for worldwide campaign

More than a thousand people marched down Market Street in San Francisco for the Moving Planet rally.
About a thousand people marched in San Francisco on Saturday, chanting slogans, carrying signs and wearing costumes. But unlike many demonstrations that frequent the City by the Bay, the Moving Planet rally was one of hundreds around the world, calling for action and awareness to halt global climate change.

California Agency Reaffirms Cap-and-Trade With More Analysis for Implementing Rules

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 09/07/2011 - 4:47pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California air quality officials Aug. 24 reaffirmed their commitment to implement an economywide greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade program beginning in 2012.

In a unanimous vote, the California Air Resources Board approved the expanded environmental analysis of strategies for implementing the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (A.B. 32) that the agency released earlier in the year in response to a court order (114 DEN A-9, 6/14/11).

As part of the same vote, the agency's governing board readopted the A.B. 32 “scoping plan,” the document that outlines more than 70 measures—including the emissions trading program—to achieve the emissions reductions required by A.B. 32.

The board's action comes just two months before CARB is expected to finalize the rules for the cap-and-trade program it adopted in December 2010 and hopes to phase in beginning in 2012. Litigation pending in the state courts, however, could still prove an obstacle for the full-scale launch of trading program planned for 2013.

Activists to Air Board: Keep the Cap, Lose the Trade

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 4:09pm

Members of the “environmental justice” movement lost a major round to air officials on Wednesday, when the latter voted to keep California’s nascent cap-and-trade plan on track.

The program is a key component of the state’s landmark strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Activists sued to stop the program, claiming it does little to curb toxic emissions from industrial facilities and farming operations.

Support Real Climate Action — Urge Gov. Brown to Oppose Cap and Trade!

Submitted by admin on Wed, 08/10/2011 - 3:12pm

Take Action to Support Alternatives to Cap and Trade.

The next step is to contact Governor Jerry Brown, and tell him to stop cap and trade and support a carbon tax. Call Brown at (916) 445-2841 (9 am to 5 pm) or e-mail the governor's office.

California's Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) is an important step toward addressing climate change. However, when it passed we were disappointed that it included setting up a cap-and-trade program. There are number of serious problems with this model. The European Union's first cap-and-trade system actually produced windfall profits for polluters, and failed to seriously reduce emissions! See below to learn more.

Environmental justice organizations sued the state over cap and trade, and forced officials to look at stronger alternatives. A stronger climate plan would combine two of the ideas identified by the California Air Resources Board:

Carbon Tax. This is a much more transparent approach to pricing carbon. Also, the revenues go to the state, which can use it to close the budget gap, re-fund our public transportation systems, schools, and social services, and invest in green energy. We the People need that money more than Chevron does — make polluters pay!
Regulate specific pollution sources. To ensure we clean up the air in the most polluted areas, combine a carbon tax with strict enforcement of clean air laws with the biggest polluters, such as oil refineries.

California Cap-and-Trade is Not Ready – Environmental Justice Communities Lift Equitable Alternatives

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 07/06/2011 - 3:13pm

Press Release
For immediate release
July 1, 2011

Bill Gallegos, CBE (323) 573-5310
Caroline Farrell, CRPE (661) 586-2621
Evelyn Rangel-Medina, CrossRoots (702) 534-9115
Joaquín Quetzal Sánchez, CrossRoots (917) 575-3154


HUNTINGTON PARK, CA—A coalition of Environmental Justice groups are committed to continue lifting California forward by stopping Cap-and-Trade and implementing AB 32 equitably. On June 24, 2011 the Appellate Court issued a stay order allowing the California Air Resources Board to move ahead in the planning of a Cap-and-Trade program, jeopardizing AB 32, California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act.

On June 29, 2011, ARB Chair Mary Nichols announced Cap-and-Trade is not ready and will postpone enforcement until 2013.

Oakland Forum Debates Cap-and-Trade

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 11:58am
OAKLAND--California’s landmark climate change law, AB 32, would reduce polluting greenhouse gases from a range of sources—car and truck emissions, industrial sources, electricity producers and other sources—with each source slashed by a certain percentage. For example, 36 percent of the greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions will come from transportation—24 percent from cars that produce lower emissions, 9 percent from cleaner-burning fuels, an 3 percent from smart-growth development that decreases dependency on cars and encourages public transit.

In Blow to Big Polluters, Judge Halts California's Cap and Trade Program

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 12:30pm

The judge greenlighted most of the policies in California's AB32 except the cap and trade plan, which some argued would benefit polluters at the expense of poor communities.

San Francisco's Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment (CRPE) announced today that it received the judge's writ in its lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The writ gives the green light to most of the policies advanced under AB32, California's Global Warming Solutions Act, but puts a permanent hold on cap and trade.

"Judge Ernest Goldsmith of the San Francisco Superior Court ruled that CARB violated CEQA (the California Environmental Quality Act) when, among other things, it failed to properly consider alternatives to a 'cap and trade' program in its Scoping Plan to implement AB 32," CRPE's statement says. "The Court's Writ, issued Friday, enjoins, or stops, all implementation and actions in furtherance of cap and trade until CARB completes a lawfully adequate CEQA review."


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