This week, California rolls out the heavy artillery in its attack on climate change with a program called “cap-and-trade.” It’s like a stock exchange for carbon emissions, where the state’s biggest polluters have to buy the right to emit greenhouse gases. It’s the most ambitious climate change policy in the country, but not everyone is happy with it.
So how does it all work? I teamed up with Lauren Sommer to explain it.
Despite the state’s push toward renewable energy, most Californians can’t choose solar power at home — perhaps they rent, don’t have roofs with good exposure to the sun, or can’t afford solar panels. But a bill moving through the state legislature may soon provide a way for more people to jump on board the clean energy bandwagon.
Hendy Woods State Park is in the rural Anderson Valley in Mendocino County.
The California Report’s series, “State Parks: On the Rocks,” visits a leafy corner of Mendocino County, known as Hendy Woods. To folks around there, it’s far more than just a pleasant spot for a picnic. It’s one of about eight state parks in Mendocino County still on the state’s list for closure. And locals are worried that will impinge on both their lifestyles and their livelihoods.
In the thick of the latest budget crisis, the state Department of Parks and Recreation has been told to cut $22 million over two fiscal years, and it’s planning to do that by closing 70 parks. Now legislators are debating which parks will feel the blow.