Trump Is Trying To Break Up Quebec & California's Carbon Tax Romance - 2019-10-23
In a move that brings Canada further into American politics, President Donald Trump is launching a lawsuit against California for entering into a cap-and-trade agreement with the province of Quebec. Trump's California emissions lawsuit could end Quebec's agreement with California, but the province could also continue with its own initiative.
"The state of California has veered outside of its proper constitutional lane to enter into an international emissions agreement," assistant attorney general Jeffrey Bossert Clark said in a statement, according to the Montreal Gazette. "The power to enter into such agreements is reserved to the federal government, which must be able to speak with one voice in the area of U.S. foreign policy."
California and Quebec entered into the Western Climate Initiative in 2014, which allowed companies in the state and province to purchase and sell each other's emission credits. This agreement was created as a way to try and fight climate change.