SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A judge temporarily halted California’s ambitious program to provide financial incentives for the state’s largest polluters to cut harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled Friday the state failed to properly consider alternatives to its so-called “cap-and-trade” program, a key piece of its landmark global warming law, AB32.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

Goldsmith ruled that the failure to consider alternatives violated state environmental law, so the California Air Resources Board must conduct further review before implementing the plan.

The board adopted the plan in December.

The legal challenge was brought by environmental groups, who argue the program allows polluters who are primarily located in poor neighborhoods to continue polluting by buying “carbon credits” from projects located elsewhere.

A spokesman for the Air Resources Board said it will appeal the ruling.

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Comments (2)
  1. mechanic says:

    What a stupid photo to show with this article! Our air in Kalifornia has never been cleaner ….. state wide! I wonder if the “lame-stream” media at CBS5 is biased on this matter…. ya think(??) AB32 has been, and will continue to be the biggest of all the many “job killers” in this troubled State. Kill it, before it multiplies!

  2. terry says:

    And what about the law Brown just signed yesterday for the utilities to provide 30% of our electricity with renewable “green” energy” at a cost that is what? four times higher than the current energy sources. You don’t think that won’t be a job killer!! This state is in deep trouble let alone the whole country with these do good laws.

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