California carbon scheme delay “prudent”: EDF

California's decision to delay carbon trading compliance until 2013 “will give the cap-and-trade programme it’s best chance of success”, says AB 32 co-sponsor

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Derek Walker, director of strategic climate initiatives at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), commented on the California Air Resources Board's (ARB) decision yesterday to delay compliance requirements for its carbon trading scheme for a year.

“The recommended schedule will help California maximise economic and environmental benefits and increase the programme's overall effectiveness,” he said.

The EDF co-sponsored Assembly Bill (AB) 32, which requires California to cut its greenhouse gas

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