Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The most effective enemy of the California Cap-and-Trade regulations is turning out to be the environmental community. First, environmental groups sued to stop the California Air Resources Board from promulgating the cap-and-trade regulation without a further CEQA analysis -- and won. Now, the Sierra Club has asked Governor Brown to re-assess cap-and-trade. So many cliches come to mind, it's hard to know where to start: with friends like these, who needs enemies, don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good, don't throw the baby out with the bath water, etc., etc. Whatever one's view of cap-and-trade, it seems obvious that without a successful AB 32 program in California, national action on climate change is far less likely. Thus, it's strange to see environmentalists lining up in opposition.