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

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.

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