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Is California's Cap & Trade Rule Unconstitutional?

Is California's Cap & Trade Rule Unconstitutional?


Industry Segment: Power | Word Count: 1158 Words

SUGAR LAND--March 13, 2018--Written by John Egan for Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas)--Republican state legislators in Utah and Wyoming are trying a new approach to preserve coal mining jobs and coal-fired electricity in their states: invoking the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause.

The Commerce Clause, contained in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, gives Congress the power "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes." State lawmakers in Utah and Wyoming assert that the cap & trade policy enacted by California to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide from power plants unlawfully interferes with interstate commerce by limiting the importation of wholesale power from Utah.

Within this article: Details of the pending court case and associated legislation

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