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Proposed Gas Tax Would Alter Climate Law


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Last Thursday, state Senate President Darrell Steinberg proposed a carbon tax on gas and other fuels. The tax would start at 15 cents per gallon and eventually reach 24 cents in 2020, raising an estimated $3.6 billion in the first year. Some environmental groups have taken issue with the proposal because it would pre-empt part of the state's current cap-and-trade program, which limits how much companies can pump out greenhouse gases. We discuss the tax and its implications for cap-and-trade.

Host: Mina Kim

Guests:

  • Cara Horowitz, executive director of UCLA School of Law's Emmett Center on Climate Change
  • Craig Miller, science editor for KQED
  • Darrell Steinberg, president pro tem of the California State Senate
  • Severin Borenstein, professor of business administration and public policy at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and co-director of the Energy Institute at Haas

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