Informing California's Climate Choices 2.0

Informing California's Climate Choices 2.0

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Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:01pm

 

The California Air Resources Board has commissioned the Luskin Center to conduct two studies, to be released in the summer of 2017 and the other in 2018, that will inform California's climate choices in this new era of climate policy. 

Assessing the Costs and Benefits of California’s Climate Policies

The passage of Senate Bill 32 in the fall of 2016 is ushering in the next generation of climate action in California. The state now has the opportunity to reflect on progress made during the past 10 years since passage of the bedrock climate legislation, Assembly Bill 32. In support, the Luskin Center is analyzing the state’s measures to meet AB 32 and SB 32 mandated greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets.

The study will be the first of its kind to quantifiably estimate how policies and programs, such as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, are reducing both GHG and criteria pollutants, how that translates to improved air quality at a local level, the associated avoided morbidity and mortality and the cost effectiveness of the measures.  

Modeling the Employment Benefits of Climate Investments

The Luskin Center is estimating the employment benefits of California Climate Investments. Auction revenues from the state’s Cap-and-Trade Program are resulting in billions of dollars into the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) for locally implemented programs to reduce GHGs and to provide local co-benefits, such as job creation. We are producing job estimates for the state as a whole as well as broken down by GGRF program, for disadvantaged communities, and by Legislative district. We will also compare the average job creation effect associated with Climate Investments to those of traditional sectors such natural gas and oil refining. Results will be released early summer, 2017.

 

 

The California Air Resources Board has commissioned the Luskin Center to conduct two studies, to be released in the summer of 2017 and the other in 2018, that will inform California's climate choices in this new era of climate policy.