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Governor Newsom Statement on Trump Administration’s Attack on California’s Landmark Cap-and-Trade Program

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement today after the Trump administration announced a lawsuit challenging California’s pioneering cap-and-trade program:

“The White House is yet again continuing its political vendetta against California, our climate policies and the health of our communities.

“Carbon pollution knows no borders, and the Trump administration’s abysmal record of denying climate change and propping up big polluters makes cross-border collaboration all the more necessary. California’s landmark cap-and-trade program has inspired the creation of dozens of businesses, is a model for similar policies around the world, and puts California well ahead of the pack as we prepare for a low-carbon future.

“For years our state has proudly participated in a number of environmental partnerships that tackle the devastating effects of climate change to our health and economy. This latest attack shows that the White House has its head in the sand when it comes to climate change and serves no purpose other than continued political retribution.”