Ag Groups Urge California to delay cap-and-trade extension, changes

By Tim Hearden, Capital Press. 

SACRAMENTO — Farm groups want state leaders to hold off on a proposed expansion of California’s cap-and-trade program, which they say already has placed burdens on producers.

Representatives from groups including the California Farm Bureau Federation and Western United Dairymen say Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers should wait until closer to the program’s 2020 sunset before considering whether to extend it.

Cynthia Cory, the CFBF’s director of environmental affairs, noted that California is still the only place in the world where such a program exists even though state leaders were confident that others would follow.