Climate Change to Social Injustice

by Alejandro Sandell-Gandara

A Wall Street Journal piece titled “California’s Climate Change Revolt” remarks on Jerry Brown’s attention towards re-branding California as a “Model of green virtue” through new anti-carbon regulations. However, these new regulations are creating a division in Brown’s party as 21 Democratic Assembly members argue against the bill on the grounds that it disproportionately harms middle- and low-income communities. Jerry Brown’s bill mandates a cut in state greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels and reduction in state wide oil consumption in vehicles by 50% while maintaining a cap-and-trade program which requires oil refiners and power plants to purchase carbon emission permits. Continue reading