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 inform California's climate choices in this new era of climate policy. 

Assessing the Carbon, Air Quality, Public Health, and Financial Impacts of California’s Climate Measures

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 for Innovation is conducting a first-of-its-kind study to quantifiably estimate how the state’s approximately 50 climate policies and programs, such as the Renewable Portfolio Standard, are reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants. This includes an analysis of the avoided social costs of carbon emissions compared against the costs of the programs. We are also estimating changes in local air pollution and the associated public health impacts (including avoided morbidity and mortality) compared to the program costs.  

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 inform California's climate choices in this new era of climate policy.