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AB32 and California’s Forestry Sector

2008 | William Whitesell, Stacey Davis

California is developing policies to bring statewide emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020 as specified in AB32. The Scoping Plan has proposed a broad cap-and trade program to help achieve this objective. As indicated in Appendix C of the Plan, the economic sectors that would be subject to an emission cap include electricity, transportation fuels, natural gas, and large industrial sectors (pg 13). Among other sectors, forestry could be allowed to earn offset credits, which would presumably be sold to firms subject to the broad cap-and-trade program (pg. 131).

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