SPUR Lunchtime Forum: The politics and policy of AB 32: California’s Global Warming Solutions Act

"Planning for implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act — AB 32 — is rapidly underway. At the same time, its detractors, including those from out of state, are mounting a campaign to undermine the effort. Join us for a frank discussion of the policy and politics of AB 32, four years after its adoption. With Wade Crowfoot, West Coast Political Director for the Environmental Defense Fund, and Donnie Fowler of the Clean Energy Network."


This Week in Livable Streets Events

From SF’s radical history to brand new valet parking at the Ferry Building Farmers Market, there’s plenty to check out this week. Here are the highlights: Tuesday: SPUR Lunchtime Forum: The politics and policy of AB 32: California’s Global Warming Solutions Act. Join SPUR for a discussion of the policy and politics of AB 32, […]

Exposed: Oil Industry’s Astroturf Tactics Against CA Cap-and-Trade

It’s no surprise that the oil industry is fighting California’s cap-and-trade program. But it is enlightening to see the strategy laid out in a leaked PowerPoint presentation [PDF]. Last week, Brad Wieners at Bloomberg Businessweek leaked a presentation put together by the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), an oil industry lobby firm that operates in California. […]

SPUR Citizen Planning Institute Series: First Session

First session: Responding to the Context: State LegislationSB 375 and Sustainable Community Strategies Whether professional planners, community groups, or activist citizens, we all work to create change within the legislative framework. Absent national policy, even something as weak as ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, these laws and policies are primarily at the state level. SB 375 holds tremendous […]

Texas Oil Companies Fund Measure to Repeal CA Climate Law

Air pollution over the Inland Empire. Photo: DanDC/Flickr (Editor’s note: This is the first of two stories by Streetsblog LA Editor Damien Newton on efforts to delay implementation of California’s groundbreaking climate legislation.) In 2006, the California Legislature passed, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed, Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32), a landmark law that requires the […]

The Confusion About Cap-and-Trade

In “With cap and trade in doubt, key questions go unanswered,” a recent article in Cal Matters, writer Julie Cart described “a scathing bipartisan scolding” by state lawmakers of the California Air Resources Board “over a lack of transparency” with the cap-and-trade program. Legislators are talking about doing an audit. But lack of transparency may […]