Why are environmental NGOs siding with the oil industry in support of cap-and-trade in California? Especially when a huge coalition of environmental justice and climate groups opposes it?

California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) expires in 2020. What will replace it is the subject of intense debate in California. In recent weeks Governor Jerry Brown brought the oil industry to the negotiating table. And earlier this week, Brown and supporting legislators introduced their proposals, based on the oil industry’s wish list: AB 398 and AB 617.

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