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California's blueprint to address global warming won't include details of an emissions-trading program as regulators try to build consensus on how best to organize the market-based system.
The California Air Resources Board will begin a rule-writing process after next month's approval of the so-called scoping plan and is seeking outside help from experts to recommend ways to build a cap-and-trade system, said Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the rule- making panel. Under state law, the program must be ready to begin by 2012.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
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- Increased risk of crop failures
- Reduced productivity of livestock and dairy animals
- Increasing forest fires, insect outbreaks and tree mortality
- Changes in precipitation and drought patterns
Friday, February 15, 2008
GHG credit markets are taking on a local flavor.
At its February 1, 2008 meeting, the South Coast Air Quality Management District governing board approved a workplan for implementing a voluntary GHG emission reduction credit program, known as SoCal Climate Solutions Exchange Program.
An overview of the Program and workplan are available here: www.aqmd.gov/hb/2008/February/08023Aa.html
One likely use of the GHG credits would be in conjunction with the mitigation requirements imposed by CEQA. Concerns are already being raised about the compatibility of this Program with the cap-and-trade system being developed by the California Air Resources Board.
District staff intend to develop the contours of this Program, including protocols for measuring emission reductions, over the coming months with the goal of presenting the final plan to the District governing board for approval in September 2008.
Monday, February 11, 2008
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This debate is an interesting academic accompaniment to the current process of developing GHG regulations in California, in which the Air Board is conducting an unprecedented number of public workshops soliciting every type of public input regarding the development of regulations to implement California's Global Warming Solutions Act. In this case, the State is attempting to get as much buy-in as possible for regulations which will inevitably run into significant political
opposition. The State's top-down process is not in fact "collaborative" but the State is trying to give the process the trappings of a collaborative approach. It remains to be seen how much goodwill that process will generate.
Thursday, January 03, 2008