Covering California’s Cap-and-Trade Law

by October 29, 2012

The smokestacks of the Moss Landing Power Plant in California were photographed by flickr user *~Dawn~*.

The free webinar, “California’s Cap-and-Trade Law — What You Need to Know,” took place Oct. 29, 2012.

California’s cap-and-trade program to limit carbon emissions economywide kicks into high gear in 2013, and the first auction of greenhouse gas allowances is set for Nov. 14, 2012.

Tune into this hourlong session with UCLA economist Matthew Kahn on what you need to know about this new initiative, part of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (Assembly Bill 32, or AB 32).


  • Winners and losers: Among those participating in the trading program, which industries have the most to gain, or lose?
  • What can we learn from the implementation of similar laws elsewhere about where likely stories will surface?
  • What stories should journalists be watching for?
Matthew E. Kahn

Matthew E. Kahn


Matthew E. Kahn is a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, the Department of Economics and the Department of Public Policy. A Luskin Scholar, Kahn regularly contributes to the Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post and the Los Angeles Times on topics including the non-organic Egg McMuffin and a cost/benefit of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act.

With a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, Kahn taught at Columbia, Harvard, Stanford and Tufts University before joining UCLA’s faculty in 2007.


Check out the resources below. At your own pace, you can walk through the self-guided lesson on tips for analyzing California’s cap-and-trade law.

Session recording

PowerPoint presentation