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March 19, 2013
Rise & Opine: Is cap-and-trade working in California?

Kudos to Thomas Elias. He's one of the first columnists statewide to suggest that California's cap and trade system, despite all the naysayers, might actually be working.

He might be right. It will take several auctions to know for sure if the state is on the right track. Dana Hull of the San Jose Merc has answers to 13 big questions about the state's cap and trade.

But Elias makes a good point "The fact most businesses paid nothing for 90 percent of their pollution allowances is a real positive." That's true, and hardly the message of some pundits who trash California's attempts to lead on reducing impacts of climate change. At the least, they should acknowledge that the state's first two auctions have defied the naysayers, including the litigious -- and often critical of litigation -- California Chamber of Commerce.

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