California lawmakers are moving to reshape the state's climate change policies by focusing on social justice issues such as alleviating local pollution and creating job opportunities, laying down a marker in conversations about the future of the cap-and-trade program. The new measure, which will be introduced on Thursday by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) and Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), represents another step by Latino lawmakers to tie environmental policies to community-level concerns. The approach was a key part of last year's successful effort to set a new, tougher goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Now lawmakers are preparing for a wide-ranging debate over how the state should hit that target and keep California on the front lines of the battle against global warming at a time when President Trump has promised to step back from the fight. But the new legislation could lead to a confrontation with Gov. Jerry Brown, who has asked lawmakers to reauthorize the cap-and-trade program, which requires companies to purchase permits to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Feb-9-2017, 09:10:03 GMT