Court Complicates California Climate Law Implementation

In mid-March a California Superior Court Judge ruled against A.B. 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, a major climate change law signed by Governor Schwarzenegger. The ruling, which places in doubt the January 1, 2012 implementation schedule, held among other things that the California Air Resources Board (ARB) did not adequately analyze alternatives to a cap-and-trade system. The ARB plans to appeal. Major components of the state's plan to address climate change under A.B. 32 include a low-carbon fuel standard, a cap-and-trade market of emissions allowances, and a requirement that 33% of the state's electricity be produced from renewable energies by 2020. Propane must comply with the low-carbon fuel standard and cap-and-trade system.



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