A judge has blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to stop a California cap-and-trade program.
According to The Hill:
A federal judge on Friday upheld a California program that caps carbon emissions from the transportation sector after the Trump administration sued the state over it.
The Justice Department last year challenged the cap-and-trade program, which aims to improve air quality and allows companies in the state to trade emissions credits with others in Quebec.
The federal government argued that California exceeded the role of the states and intruded on the federal government’s foreign policy authority, particularly its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.
However, judge William Shubb disagreed, ruling that “the United States has failed to show that California’s program impermissibly intrudes on the federal government’s foreign affairs power.”
California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a statement saying that the program, which has existed since 2012, has done nothing but strengthen the bond between California and Quebec.