No topic in Sacramento this year has been the focus of more intense, high-level negotiations than extending the state’s cap-and-trade program.
And the political ramifications of are likely to be felt for a long time.
This week’s California Politics Podcast is devoted entirely to digging deep into the bipartisan deal, one that extends the life of the state’s key climate change program by an additional decade.
The deal was a major victory for Gov. Jerry Brown, and put a handful of Republican legislators in the spotlight for their decision to cross the aisle and support a program that critics said would cost Californians money in the long run.
I’m joined by Times staff writer Melanie Mason, as well as Anthony York of the Grizzly Bear Project and Marisa Lagos of KQED News.