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Avoiding the T-Word: Why California Chose Cap-and-Trade

Complete Premium video at: Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, breaks down three options for carbon emissions reduction: regulation of energy sources, a carbon tax, or a cap-and-trade system. While she favors a carbon tax, Nichols explains that the cap-and-trade system is more politically viable. ----- Mary Nichols lectures on "Powering the Future," in collaboration with the Chautauqua Institution's 2010 Summer Lecture series. This program was recorded on August 19, 2010. Mary D. Nichols was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Chairman of the California Air Resources Board in July 2007. She returns to the Air Board 30 years after serving as the Chairman under Governor Jerry Brown from 1978 to 1983. Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and private, not-for-profit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to her work at the Air Board, she has held a number of positions, including: assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Radiation program under the Clinton Administration, Secretary for California's Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003, and Director of the University of California, Los Angeles Institute of the Environment. As one of California's first environmental lawyers, she initiated precedent-setting test cases under the Federal Clean Air Act and California air quality laws while practicing as a staff attorney for the Center for Law in the Public Interest. Nichols holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.
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