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Cap and trade could up emissions says economist


October 25, 2010
By Capital Press

October 14, 2010, Sacramento, CA – A prominent agricultural economist
said California needs a better grasp of how climate-related rules will
play out in agriculture if a ballot measure fails to stall the state’s
greenhouse-gas law.

October 14, 2010, Sacramento, CA – A prominent agricultural economist said California needs a better grasp of how climate-related rules will play out in agriculture if a ballot measure fails to stall the state’s greenhouse-gas law.

The rules are expected to reduce profits for farmers, who could try to compensate through a planned cap-and-trade system. The result could be an altering of the state's crop landscape without reducing – and possible increasing – the state’s emissions, said Dan Sumner of the University of California-Davis.

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