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Learning Hour: ?Putting a Price on Carbon?

Large Assembly

On January 19, the First Church Green Ministry Team has invited Gail Schickele from the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville (LWVBAE) to give a talk on California's Cap-and-Trade Program called "Putting a Price on Carbon."

Carbon emissions are considered to be the top cause of climate change. Although the federal government has been largely unable to address this problem nationally, several states, most notably California, have put in place programs to limit carbon emissions.

The cap-and-trade plan is considered to be a "market-based" process by which limits are placed on carbon emissions for industries. If an individual company lowers their carbon emissions below the ?cap? they can trade that ?surplus? to other companies that are exceeding their limits. This creates a financial incentive for limiting carbon emissions and also allows flexibility from industry to industry.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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