Global Climate Negotiations: Lessons from California Symposium

California has a long, proud history of crafting and adopting climate change policy that sets high standards for protecting our environment, encourages our movement into a clean energy economy and protects the health of Californians.  Many of those policies have gone on to serve as examples for other jurisdictions and countries around the world.  A very recent – and excellent – example is California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32.  We are actually now approaching the eight-year anniversary of when that historic bill was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006.  The solid design and success of programs under AB 32, perhaps most notably the well-designed cap-and-trade program that has operated now for the past two years, have been modeled by international programs and have even linked to other markets.