California’s cap-and-trade law, which requires companies to buy permits to emit climate-changing greenhouse gases into the air, survived a legal challenge Wednesday when the state Supreme Court turned down an appeal by business groups.
The state Chamber of Commerce and allied groups argued that the fees authorized by the 2006 law were actually taxes that required approval by two-thirds of the Legislature. A state appeals court disagreed in April — ruling that businesses were merely required to pay for “the right to continue polluting” — and its ruling became final Wednesday when the state’s high court denied review of the case.
The vote was 6-0, with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye stepping aside from the case for undisclosed reasons.
A humiliating defeat for the Chamber.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle