Carbon Trading Reading List

OPAL has been researching carbon trading systems for the last few years, and lots of people have asked us where we get our data from!
We compiled this helpful reading list for folks who want to delve deeper into the experiences of other places that have tried cap and trade, to understand why frontline communities oppose carbon trading in Oregon:


Lascaras, Dmitri. 2019. “Carbon Offset Programs Are Failing as Climate Solutions.” The Real News Network.

Lisa Song, Paula Moura. 2019. “If Carbon Offsets Require Forests to Stay Standing, What Happens When the Amazon Is on Fire?” Text/html. ProPublica. August 26, 2019.

Song, Lisa. 2019. “An (Even More) Inconvenient Truth: Why Carbon Credits For Forest Preservation May Be Worse Than Nothing.” ProPublica. May 22, 2019.

“85% of Offsets Failed to Reduce Emissions, Says EU Study | Transport & Environment.” 2017. Transport & Environment. May 17, 2017.

Anne, Mulkern. 2011. “Offsets Could Make Up 85% of Calif.’s Cap-And-Trade Program.” The New York Times, August 8, 2011.

Bullock, S., M. Childs, and T. Picken. 2009. “A Dangerous Distraction: Why Offsetting Is Failing the Climate and People: The Evidence.” London: Friends of the Earth.

Lang, Chris. 2018. “A Glimpse at Brazil Reveals the Big REDD Problems That California’s Tropical Forest Standard Fails to Address • Friends of the Earth.” Friends of the Earth (blog). October 12, 2018.

Haya, Barbara. Policy Brief: The California Air Resources Board’s U.S. Forest offset protocol underestimates leakage. May 2019.

Temple, James. 2019. “Landowners Are Earning Millions for Carbon Cuts That May Not Occur.” MIT Technology Review. April 18, 2019.

Oversupply of Allowances

Roberts, David. 2018. “California’s Cap-and-Trade System May Be Too Weak to Do Its Job.” Vox. December 12, 2018.

“California’s Climate Emissions Are Falling, but Cap-and-Trade Is Not the Cause | Near Zero.” n.d. Accessed April 23, 2019.

Dorsey, Dr Michael, and Jane Williams. 2017. “Why Pollution Trading Will Never Be the Climate Solution for California—or Anywhere Else.” AlterNet, August 11, 2017.

Johnson, Nathanael. 2019. “It Was a Bad Year for Carbon Emissions, Even in California.” Grist (blog). January 9, 2019.

Environmental Justice concerns:

Alliance, California Environmental Justice. 2017. “Justice Deferred: A Break Down of California’s Cap & Trade Bill From The Environmental Justice Perspective” Medium (blog). July 25, 2017.

Cushing, Lara, Dan Blaustein-Rejto, Madeline Wander, Manuel Pastor, James Sadd, Allen Zhu, and Rachel Morello-Frosch. 2018. “Carbon Trading, Co-Pollutants, and Environmental Equity: Evidence from California’s Cap-and-Trade Program (2011–2015).” PLOS Medicine 15 (7): e1002604.

“In California, Cap-and-Trade = Environmental Injustice | Food & Water Watch.” August 1, 2018.

“Environmental Groups Say California’s Climate Program Has Not Helped Them.” 2017. NPR.Org. February 24, 2017.

“Proposed Cap-and-Trade Extension Package Would Undermine Climate Policy And The Health Of Environmental Justice Communities.” 2017. California Environmental Justice Alliance (blog). July 17, 2017.

General Carbon Pricing Problems:

Song, Lisa. 2019. “Cap and Trade Is Supposed to Solve Climate Change, but Oil and Gas Company Emissions Are Up.” Text/html. ProPublica. November 15, 2019.

“Carbon Pricing: A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance.” 2017. Climate Justice Alliance and Indigenous Environmental Network (blog). November 2017.

Ball, Jeffrey. 2018. “Why Carbon Pricing Isn’t Working.” Foreign Affairs, December 7, 2018.

Bland, Alastair. 2017. “Jerry Brown’s Cap-and-Trade Program Isn’t Working.” East Bay Express. November 22, 2017.

“Carbon Trading – How it works and why it fails.” 2009. Transnational Institute. November 23, 2009.

Irfan, Umair. 2018. “Exxon Is Lobbying for a Carbon Tax. There Is, Obviously, a Catch.” Vox. October 18, 2018.

Reuters. 2017. “Exclusive: California to Discuss Linking Carbon Market with China,” June 3, 2017.

Roberts, David. 2018. “California’s Cap-and-Trade System May Be Too Weak to Do Its Job.” Vox. December 12, 2018.

Story of Cap and Trade. 2009.

“Want an Effective Climate Policy? Heed the Evidence.” February 2016. Policy Options (blog).

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