Trump Admin. Loses Challenge To Calif.'s Cap-And-Trade Deal

Law360 (July 17, 2020, 8:55 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge denied the Trump administration's challenge to the state's cap-and-trade program with the Canadian province of Quebec, rejecting allegations that it improperly infringes on the federal government's exclusive power to set foreign policy.

U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb's order, made public Friday, rebuffs the federal government's single remaining claim that the state's agreement with Quebec to link their respective cap-and-trade programs violates the Foreign Affairs Doctrine. The state's program isn't preempted by any specific federal policy nor does it infringe on the federal government's broad power to set foreign policy, according to the order.

The order hands...

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