Your Call: Is California's cap & trade program a polluter loophole or a step forward?

Aug 8, 2017


The extension of California’s cap-and-trade program has divided environmentalists. The five-year program requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gas emissions. 

While some call it a historic victory, critics from groups like Food & Water Watch say it allows polluters simply pay a fee to continue poisoning our climate. What do you think? Is cap and trade a polluter loophole or a step forward? 


Adam Scow, California director at Food & Water Watch

Judson True, chief of staff for California Assemblymember David Chiu

Quentin Foster, director of the Environmental Defense Fund

Web Resources:

Environmental Defense Fund: California Models Climate and Air Pollution Action with Balanced Approach

Food & Water Watch: Food & Water Watch Disappointed by Passage of AB 398, Cap-and-Trade Bill

Mercury News: Jerry Brown, lawmakers announce California climate deal

The Guardian: Breathless in Bakersfield: is the worst air pollution in the US about to get worse?