California climate change debate heats up

A variety of experts told California lawmakers Wednesday that the state’s cap-and-trade program needs changes if they decide to keep it beyond its expiration in 2020.

The Senate Environmental Quality Committee heard from environmental groups, industry officials and others as the Legislature ramps up talks about whether to extend California’s highest profile program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The program puts a cap on carbon emissions and requires polluters to obtain permits in order to release climate-changing gases. It was developed as part of a slate of policies designed to help California meet a decade-old goal of reducing carbon emissions to their 1990 levels by 2020.

Click here to read the article on The AP.