By Amy Quentin, Capital Public Radio.
A state appeals court is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of California’s cap-and-trade system for reducing greenhouse gases. Some legal experts say the questions the court is asking in a recent document could imply a ruling against the state.
The California Chamber of Commerce and Morning Star Packing Company filed a suit that claimed that the auction portion of the state’s cap-and-trade program is an unconstitutional tax.
The cap-and-trade system forces polluters to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions or pay for carbon emission allowances at auction.