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Secrecy pollutes first CA cap and trade auction

November 20th, 2012 By admin. Nov. 20 2012 By Katy Grimes Ignoring a lawsuit filed by the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Air Resources Board went ahead with its first auction of greenhouse gas allowances last Wednesday, Nov. 14. The results of the auction were announced Monday. Despite trying to sound as if the auction was a resounding success in a media conference call on Monday, it appears that...

Cal Chamber sues state for profiting from AB 32

November 16th, 2012 By admin. Nov. 15, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi The California Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday sued the state of California to stop it from making a profit by selling “free” air pollution emission credits as part of the new Cap and Trade program. Ninety percent of the first round of pollution permits will be given out for free.  So the California Air Resources Board will be skimming off a $3 bill...

Democrats’ congressional wins delay supermajority

November 8th, 2012 By admin. Nov. 8, 2012 By John Hrabe On Tuesday night, Democrats shocked the Capitol by seizing two-thirds control of the state Assembly.  With it comes the power to override the governor and raise taxes. “Everyone was looking at the likelihood that the state Senate would reach the sought two-thirds majority for Democrats,” wrote Scott Lay, publisher of Around the Capitol. “But from the ...

CalWatchdog’s Comprehensive Guide to California Ballot Initiatives

November 5th, 2012 By admin. Posted By Brian Calle Over the past few months and days, contributors have been tracking and analyzing California's ballot propositions for the November election. Below is analysis on some of the most consequential ballot measures voters are being asked to decide this election cycle: Stories on Prop. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase proposal: NEW: Prop. 30: California...
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