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
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