Editorial: California should use its cap-and-trade carbon plan to help preserve Amazon rainforests
Next month, when Gov. Jerry Brown convenes the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, it will be a chance to mark the huge strides he has made on behalf of the climate, and measure how much remains to be done. Under his leadership, California has cut greenhouse gas emissions well ahead of its own ambitious targets while adding a million jobs and growing into the world’s fifth largest economy.
Even as the federal government has abdicated its responsibilities, the state has set environmental standards, including for cleaner cars, that have redounded far beyond its borders. But Governor Brown has the opportunity to make his biggest impact yet by harnessing the power of forests to reduce carbon dioxide pollution, the principal cause of global warming.