California Cities: Calling Trees “Urban Forests” to Extract New Taxes

News from California that city governments are preparing to use the state’s cap-and-trade greenhouse gas emissions reduction law, passed in 2006, to raise revenue – for doing what they’ve been doing for years.

In this case, Long Beach, a Southern California port city that’s California’s eighth-largest, plans on registering its 393,000 trees in the state’s carbon-trading market. By having bureaucrats call the trees an “urban forest,” inventorying them, and then filing paperwork, the city can sell carbon offset credits to businesses that need them to comply with California’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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4 responses to “California Cities: Calling Trees “Urban Forests” to Extract New Taxes

  1. Will city hall have to approve cutting down a tree? Will cutting a tree become a felony?

    • Gamecock in urban & rural Australia, this is already the case!
      ‘City Hall’ will prosecute you unless you apply for a permit (costs money & time) to chop down trees in your own backyard! . Our property rights have already been subverted. However the fight back has commenced!
      Also agree with Jim Sweet below. This occurs everywhere when greens infiltrate the public sector.

  2. A fake product, derived from a fake forest, selling in a fake market…
    a perfect California trifecta….

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