California Official Welcomes Obama’s Climate Program
California officials are welcoming the plan. Mary Nichols, who heads the California Air Resources Board, the agency that regulates pollution, said it’s a good fit with the state’s efforts.
“California benefits enormously from having the federal government step up with a climate program,” she said. “It can only enhance our activities if we have a strong federal partner.”
California’s cap-and-trade program, which is managed by the Air Board, already limits carbon emissions from power plants in the state. Nichols says she expects Obama’s plan will provide more federal funding for state projects, including one to reduce pollution from diesel trucks.
KQED Science managing editor Paul Rogers writes for the Mercury News on the impacts the plan will have in California.
And NPR has a national perspective on the plan.