California’s climate emissions are falling, but cap-and-trade is not the cause

New data show that California’s greenhouse gas emissions covered by the state’s cap-and-trade system declined sharply in 2016, good news for state climate policy. However, the progress is almost entirely in the electricity sector. Key sectors—notably transportation fuel suppliers and refining—actually reported higher emissions in 2016, indicating potential challenges as the state prepares a strategy to deliver on its more ambitious 2030 target.



Linking, banking, and offsets

In discussions of California climate bill SB 775, one of the issues that has drawn the most criticism—and frankly, the most inaccurate criticism—regards linking the state’s cap-and-trade market with similar markets in other jurisdictions

credit for header photo: Krystle Mikaere