The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is the agency responsible for implementing California’s landmark climate legislation AB 32. CalCAN monitors aspects of CARB’s rulemaking process and provides written and verbal testimony as needed, as well as organizing letters from allied organizations and farmers.
One important document guiding the future investments of cap-and-trade revenue is the state’s Scoping Plan. Under the rules of AB 32, CARB must produce a Scoping Plan every five years that describes the approach California will take to reduce greenhouse gases to achieve the goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. A Scoping Plan Update is currently in the works, to be approved by the CARB board in Spring 2014.
Here are some examples of CalCAN’s input to CARB on the Scoping Plan and cap-and-trade design generally:
- CalCAN submitted comment on CARB’s October 2013 Discussion Draft of the Scoping Plan update, highlighting the climate benefits of farmland conservation as well as low-input, biologically diverse agriculture (November 1, 2013) – View PDF
- Prior to the release of the October 2013 Discussion Draft, CalCAN submitted comment to CARB on the Scoping Plan Update, outlining the contribution agriculture could make to reducing GHG emissions (July 19, 2013) – View PDF
- Letter to CARB urging cap-and-trade investments in sustainable agriculture and farmland protection, signed by 40 agriculture, environmental and land conservation organizations, businesses and farmers (March 8, 2013) – View PDF
- Letter to CARB commenting on revisions to their rules regarding cap-and-trade design (Aug. 11, 2011) – View PDF
- Letter to CARB commenting on their final draft rules on cap-and-trade design (Dec. 15, 2010) – View PDF
- Letter to CARB commenting on cap-and-trade program design (June 7, 2010) – View PDF