The Bay Area's Chevron Oil Refinery in Richmond. Photo by Scott Hess via Flickr

The Bay Area’s Chevron Oil Refinery in Richmond. Photo by Scott Hess via Flickr

Climate Policy Watch

California’s ambitious campaign to combat climate change is garnering global praise, but is it really working? And who’s profiting and losing from it?

By Julie Cart | December 14, 2017

Mother Nature doesn't follow California's emissions rules.

By Julie Cart | November 27, 2017

Last year’s drop in California emissions drops came about not because of technological breakthroughs or drastic pollution reductions from oil refineries or other industries, nor the state’s lauded cap-and-trade program. It was the rain.

By Julie Cart | November 14, 2017

On a nearly two-week swing through Europe, starting at the Vatican and ending at the United Nations climate change conference in Bonn, California's governor offered a bleak appraisal of the global future:  We are on a trajectory toward hell. Yet Brown dazzled.

By Laurel Rosenhall | October 9, 2017

As the oil industry worked to influence a landmark environmental policy in California this year, it had hired Democratic former legislators to lobby on its behalf.

By Julie Cart | September 5, 2017

It should come as no surprise that when the California Legislature recently began the process of divvying up proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions, a cavalcade of local officials, community activists and lobbyists rushed to Sacramento, with hands out.

By Laurel Rosenhall | August 30, 2017

The very reason Arnold Schwarzenegger called GOP Assemblyman Chad Mayes the “future of the Republican party”—his work on climate change—was what ultimately cost Mayes his leadership post.

By Julie Cart | August 24, 2017

An irritated chairman of a state Senate Budget subcommittee says he intends to thwart a recent move by the state Air Resources Board that could give California’s biggest polluters a cushion of more than $300 million.

By Julie Cart and Laurel Rosenhall | August 16, 2017

The California Air Resources Board approved a paragraph, tucked within a 17-page resolution, that will likely result in benefits worth hundreds of millions of dollars for the oil and agriculture industries.

By Julie Cart | July 27, 2017

The underbelly of cap and trade is this: Allowing industries to buy carbon credits or offsets rather than modernize old equipment, means that pollution in poor, industrial communities could get worse.

By Laurel Rosenhall | July 18, 2017

In California, a deep blue state leading the charge to curb climate change, the question for many Republicans isn’t whether global warming is happening—it’s what kind of policies are best to address it.