(BN) California Fee Bill Impact on Carbon Overstated, Ravage Says


California Fee Bill Impact on Carbon Overstated, Ravage Says
2010-11-16 17:55:38.410 GMT

By Mathew Carr
Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- California's passage of a bill
making it harder to pass regulatory fees may undermine state
carbon trading laws less than expected, said a lobbyist for the
International Emissions Trading Association.
The ballot backing of proposition 26 on Nov. 2 requires
some state and local regulatory fees to be approved by two-
thirds votes instead of simple majorities, potentially prompting
litigation against climate-protection measures.
The proposition doesn't change laws put in place in 2006,
Ethan Ravage, a U.S. lobbyist for the Geneva-based trade group,
said today in an interview in London. "It's hard to see any
chance of delay" to the greenhouse-gas-trading laws planned to
start in 2012, Ravage said.
"In the meantime, business-minded interests will submit
comments to adapt the regulations to be reviewed by California's
Air Resources Board in mid-December," he said.

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