EDF Urges California Legislature to Support Cap & Trade Extension and Air Quality Improvement

EDF Statement by Quentin Foster, Director, California Climate

July 10, 2017
Jennifer Andreassen, +1-202-572-3387, jandreassen@edf.org

(SACRAMENTO – July 10, 2017)  The California Legislature is considering an important set of bills that would extend an integral part of California’s climate policy, the cap-and-trade program, beyond 2020 and implement important measures that will ensure California makes greater progress to clean up the state’s air. Amendments to AB 398 (E. Garcia) and AB 617 (C. Garcia) were published online this evening. They demonstrate that legislative leadership and the authors are working productively with Governor Brown’s Administration and stakeholders to develop an effective compromise that can get a 2/3 vote, which is essential to provide the strongest legal foundation for a future cap-and-trade program.

“Getting to a 2/3 vote is never easy and this legislation is the product of a concerted effort by multiple partners to find common ground. EDF has contributed to this process and we strongly support AB 398 and AB 617. This package ensures the signature feature of the cap-and-trade program remains in place: a cap that places a firm limit on carbon pollution and holds the state accountable for achieving the climate targets set in law.

“EDF urges legislators to act quickly to vote for this important package. Passing these bills demonstrates that our state is committed to achieving a stable climate, improving local air quality, and cementing California’s place as a global leader. Reducing climate pollution will benefit all Californians, especially the most vulnerable. Ten years of climate action in California has shown that we can create environmental, economic, and public health benefits at the same time. It’s time for California to act.” 

  • Quentin Foster, Director for California Climate, Environmental Defense Fund 

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