California Adopts Landmark Greenhouse Gas Standards

Plan would give credit to companies that cut gas

Thursday, Dec 11, 2008  |  Updated 2:00 PM PDT
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California Adopts Landmark Greenhouse Gas Standards

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California air regulators have adopted a sweeping new climate plan demanding the state's utilities, refineries and large factories transform their operations to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The plan adopted Thursday by the Air Resources Board is the most comprehensive roadmap to date to cut the amount of heat-trapping emissions in the United States. It outlines for the first time how individuals and businesses will meet a landmark 2006 law that made California a leader on global climate change.

The plan calls for California to create a carbon-credit trading market to give the state's major polluters cheaper ways to cut the amount of their emissions.

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