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A primer on two new CA environmental proposals




Morning commuters travel the 210 freeway between Los Angeles and cities to the east on December 1, 2009 near Pasadena, California.
Morning commuters travel the 210 freeway between Los Angeles and cities to the east on December 1, 2009 near Pasadena, California.
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Two new California environment proposals were announced late Monday: AB 398, which would extend the cap-and-trade program to the end of 2030, and AB 617, which would make oil refineries in polluted locations switch out their equipment with more green technology by 2023.

The cap-and-trade proposal has proven to be controversial. It would stop local air districts from creating their own carbon-emissions regulations for industry already regulated by cap-and-trade. It would also create a hard ceiling on the price of allowances, which is a boon for businesses since it prevents the sharp rise of prices. That’s only a few of the bill’s provisions.

We break down the cap-and-trade and air quality bills, as well as how they negotiates oil industry and environmental interests.  

Guests:

Dan Walters, long-time California politics observer with CALmatters, a nonprofit public interest publication; he tweets @DanCALmatters

Guy Marzorati, reporter for KQED’s California politics and government desk; he tweets @GuyMarzorati