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Tuesday
Sep122017

SACRAMENTO: Climate change, cap-and-trade funds?: Editorial, "Use California's cap-and-trade money to end diesel pollution" ....

***Climate change, cap-and-trade funds?

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Use California's cap-and-trade money to end diesel pollution" - From the LAT:

California has $1.5 billion available this year to fight climate change, and many billions of dollars more coming in the years ahead, now that lawmakers have extended the state’s cap-and-trade program through 2030. Needless to say, there are plenty of people, groups, businesses and governments that would love to get a piece of the pie.

A fire district in the Bay Area, for instance, wants cap-and-trade money to reopen fire stations closed due to lack of funding. Inglewood wants $50 million for transportation infrastructure projects in its downtown redevelopment area. San Gabriel Valley leaders want money to build the Gold Line light-rail extension to Montclair. There are proposals to build farmworker housing, to pay for exhibits for the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey and to provide a free, electric shuttle in San Diego.

The list goes on. But here’s the catch: The law requires that cap-and-trade money be spent on projects to reduce global warming. While legislators are always tempted to bring home the bacon for their constituents any way they can get it, they need to remember the underlying goal of this particular law. They should commit to programs that cut greenhouse gas emissions and deliver real reductions in local air pollution.

One way to do that is to dramatically reduce pollution from diesel engines ..............