Calif. Cap-And-Trade Auctions Are Legal, Judge Says

Law360, Los Angeles (November 14, 2013, 10:57 PM EST) -- A California judge has tossed a pair of challenges to the state's cap-and-trade system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, ruling that a regulation creating a quarterly auction program for carbon-emission allowances is not an unconstitutional tax.

In his Tuesday decision, made public Thursday, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Timothy J. Frawley dismissed lawsuits by the California Chamber of Commerce and a group of businesses and trade associations, saying the California Air Resources Board did not exceed the bounds of its authority by introducing a program to auction off carbon-emission...
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