Barring unexpected delays, in January 2012
the California cap-and-trade program will be up and running after having
survived a challenge on election day in early November. This brief answers the
following questions about these and related developments: Why is California
important in efforts to address climate change? What are the key provisions of
its climate change and related energy programs? How are developments in
California related to the Western Climate Initiative? What is the political
context in which the programs are moving ahead?