Cap-and-trade is fueling California's economy

Published: Monday, Jun. 23, 2014 - 11:06 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 - 10:17 am

Re "Sticker shock coming at the pump" (Viewpoints, June 19): As California business owners and residents, we take strong objection to Jay McKeeman's assertions that fuels under the cap in 2015 will result in a heavy economic burden on consumers.

Since AB32 was enacted in 2006, California's clean-tech job growth is 10 times that of the state. Biodico and Mendota Bioenergy, with a combined production capacity over 25 million gallons of biofuel a year, are among 300 clean transportation companies succeeding due to policies like cap-and-trade. Fuels in the cap will further expand a law already cleaning the air and reducing health care costs. In a state with some of the nation's worst air pollution, that's a big deal.

It's a shame McKeeman pushes back on expanding cap-and-trade, thinking it's OK to give certain companies a free pass to pollute- compromising health and job growth in the process.

-- Russ Teall and Jim Tischer, Santa Barbara

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