Climate Activists Say California's Cap and Trade Legislation is Gift to Big Oil

Posted Aug. 2, 2017

MP3 Interview with Masada Disenhouse, North American organizing director with the global climate group, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On July 17, the Democratic party-controlled California legislature voted to extend the state’s trend-setting cap-and-trade program until the year 2030. The measure would reduce greenhouse gas emissions over time by allowing companies to “pay to pollute” if they can’t stay under the ever-tightening limits.

While this system has proven an effective way to reduce various pollutants, it also means that the communities closest to the polluting industries pay the biggest price, which has split the environmental community. The California cap-and-trade bill was initiated by the state’s Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, which drew support from some Republicans. Brown says he spoke with all stakeholders – including industry, unions, agriculture and progressive activists.

Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus spoke with Masada Disenhouse, the North American organizing director with the global climate group,, based in San Diego. Here, she talks about why her organization opposed the cap-and-trade legislation and her view that even though California is leading the nation in many ways in responding to climate change, there’s still much more that must be done.

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