My story today on cap and trade focused on local business concerns.
But there are plenty of soundbites out there from organizations supporting the innovative program.
A few of them:
“Now that we have the opportunity to auction off some pollution allowances, we will see some funds being accumulated that will go back to those communities hardest hit by climate change (and) poor regional air quality… All eyes are on California…” — Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, president of California Interfaith Power & Light.
“Solving global warming and strengthening our economy are two sides of the same coin. The experience of California flies in the face of claims that California’s leadership on solving global warming is bad for business.” — Bernadette Del Chiaro, clean energy and global warming program director, Environment California
“The world is watching California mark this historic milestone. The launch of the nation’s first economy-wide carbon market emphasizes once again California’s continued leadership in developing innovative energy policies.” — Alex Jackson, attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council
Once again, here is the list of businesses with San Joaquin County ties that are subjected to the cap and trade regulation:
• DTE biomass plant (Stockton)
• Pilkington North America glass manufacturer (Lathrop)
• Dart Container Co. (Lodi)
• Simplot fertilizer manufacturer (has Lathrop facility but company says that facility is not subject to cap and trade)
• Owens-Brockway glass manufacturer (Tracy)
• City of Lodi power plant
• Ripon Cogeneration power plant
• General Mills cereal manufacturer (Lodi)
• Pacific Coast Producers food processors (Lodi)
• Leprino Foods Co. (Tracy)
• Port of Stockton
• Pacific Gas and Electric Co.