Bloomberg Law
July 17, 2020, 9:44 PMUpdated: July 17, 2020, 10:03 PM

Trump’s Legal Attack Fails on California-Quebec Climate Pact (1)

Ellen M. Gilmer
Ellen M. Gilmer

California’s climate pact with Quebec doesn’t interfere with U.S. authority to conduct foreign affairs, a federal court said Friday.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California tossed the Trump administration’s legal attack on the agreement, concluding the U.S. failed to show that California’s cap-and-trade program “substantially circumscribed or compromised” the president’s role in communicating with foreign governments.

The decision is a win for California, Quebec, and environmental advocates and states that support the carbon-trading scheme between the two jurisdictions. A victory for the U.S. could have spawned subsequent challenges to other U.S. carbon-cutting programs, ...

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