Gov Jerry Brown Considers Linking California’s Cap-and-Trade Program to China

The Daily Caller covers a possible link of California’s carbon trading markets with China.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown of California said Thursday he will discuss with Chinese officials a lofty goal of linking the world’s largest polluter with his state’s carbon trading markets.

Brown told reporters that he will meet with officials Friday in China to discuss the possibility of accepting the country into a pacific carbon market. The has become a virulent critic of President Donald Trump’s climate policies.

Chris Horner, a senior fellow and legal scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that it is “unlikely” that California’s alliance “could do anything that would independently run afoul of the Compact Clause.”

He was referring to the clause in the Constitution prohibiting states from encroaching on the supremacy of the U.S. Horner, a climate skeptic who worked on Trump’s transition team, suggested the move appeared to be a “symbolic” move.

“We have seen this posturing, since the early post-Kyoto days, of states purporting to enter into climate non-aggression pacts with other nations, or however they want to style this particular acting out,” he said, noting a climate pact akin to the one Trump nixed.

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