BLOG: Cap-and-Trade and Environmental Justice: A Study of California’s RECLAIM Program

By Aidan Acosta, Middlebury College -- Cap-and-trade has been shown by previous studies to be at least as effective as prescriptive regulation at reducing air pollution. However, regulators must ensure that the dispersion of emissions that is dictated by the market is environmentally just in order for cap-and-trade to be a viable solution.