The lawsuits were filed by both the California Chamber of Commerce and the Pacific
The groups had argued that state-run carbon auctions amounted
to an unconstitutional tax on businesses.
More than 400 businesses are required to participate in the auction. The judge said while AB 32 doesn’t explicitly authorize a carbon auction, it does give the Air Resources Board the discretion to adopt a cap and trade program and design a system.
The judge called the dollars spent at carbon auctions more like regulatory fees than a tax.
The judge had tentatively ruled in favor of the Air Resources Board in August.
In a statement, the California Chamber of Commerce said it believes the decision is
ripe for review and reversal by the appellate court. The Pacific Legal Foundation says it will appeal.