Golden State Forges Ahead With Sweeping Climate Change Regulatory Regime

With federal climate change regulations facing an uncertain future, the California Air Resources Board recently released a far-reaching new plan to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update (Scoping Plan) proposes a 10-year extension of the state’s carbon cap-and-trade program, in addition to new greenhouse gas-emission regulations aimed at the refinery sector. But confronted with a pending lawsuit and linkage obstacles with other carbon-trading systems, the Golden State’s cap-and-trade program is not without its own challenges.

Discover more on California’s response to President Trump’s vow to unravel the Obama Administration’s progress on climate change regulations in Morrison & Foerster’s recent client alert here.