EDF Statement on Today’s California Cap-and-Trade Announcement

June 29, 2011

The following statement can be attributed to Derek Walker, EDF’s director of strategic climate initiatives.

“CARB’s suggested course of action is prudent and will give the cap-and-trade program its best chance of success. 

“The recommended schedule will help California maximize economic and environmental benefits and increase the program’s overall effectiveness.

“This is a smart and responsible step that also ensures that the greenhouse gas pollution reductions required by the program remain unchanged.

“EDF co-sponsored AB 32 and continues to support cap-and-trade because it limits and cuts climate change pollution at the lowest possible cost. We remain committed to working with CARB to develop a successful program that benefits all Californians.

“By getting this right, California will once again serve as a model that other states and countries can follow.”


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