Cap-and-trade: Time to focus on consumers

07/01/2014 6:07 PM

07/03/2014 3:16 AM

Re "Oil companies should help clean the air" (Viewpoints, June 28): Sarah Sharpe misses the point why experts, policymakers and consumers are concerned about expanding cap-and-trade to fuels. It's not oil companies that will be hurt when the Air Resources Board (CARB) expands the program January 1, 2015. It's consumers. According to CARB's own analysis, cap-and-trade could increase consumer cost by as high as $0.76 per gallon.

With millions still unemployed, raising gas prices now would hurt real Californians.

Sharpe claims oil companies should do their share to protect California's environment. They do. They supply California's need for fuels with some of the cleanest burning gasoline and diesel in the world, manufactured in refineries with low emissions. California's current cap-and-trade program remains in effect and continues to reduce emissions at refineries. Expanding the program for fuels should be delayed until consumers can be informed.

-- Catherine Reheis-Boyd, Sacramento

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