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California Groups Seek Overhaul of State Carbon Market

California should abandon a cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases and rewrite regulations for cutting the emissions that scientists link to climate change, an environmental-justice group said.

The program, in which power plants, refineries and factories buy and sell the right to emit carbon dioxide, will let companies pay to “continue polluting in low-income communities,” Alegria De La Cruz, legal director at the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, said today in a telephone interview from San Francisco.