Carbon tax profile for California (Kiana Kobayashi; previous version by Samantha Kunkel)
% change 1990-2007
Fossil fuel CO2 emissions in millions of metric tons[1]
In millions of short tons[2]
Population in millions[3]
Per capita CO2 emissions in short tons

Per capita emissions in California in 2007 were considerably lower than the U.S. average, which was 21.0 short tons per capita.[4] This could be attributed to the fact that California has very mild weather that reduces energy demand for heating and cooling. California also leads the nation in electricity generation from non-hydroelectric renewable energy sources, including geothermal power, wind power, fuel wood, landfill gas, and solar power. It also leads in hydroelectric power generation. California is the most populous state in the nation and its total energy demand is second only to Texas. Although California is a leader in the energy-intensive chemical, forest products, glass, and petroleum industries, it has one of the lowest per capita energy consumption rates in the country. Its government’s energy-efficiency programs have contributed to the low per capita energy consumption. Driven by high demand from California’s many motorists, major airports, and military bases, the transportation sector is its largest energy consumer. [5]

California's most recent and aggressive policy to combat climate change is its cap-and-trade program managed by California's Environmental Protection Agency, Air Resource Board. The AB 32 Scoping Plan identifies a cap-and-trade program as one of the main strategies California will employ to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This will help meet California's goal of reducing GHG emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020, and ultimately achieving an 80% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050.[6]

A carbon tax of $30 per short ton of CO2 (about $0.30 per gallon of gasoline, or about $0.03 per kWh of coal-fired power) would have raised about $12.0 billion in 2007 (about $330 per person), assuming a 10% reduction in emissions. For comparison purposes, in 2007 the state portion of the property tax generated about $38.3 billion, and the state sales tax generated about $44.3 billion. So a carbon tax of $30 per short ton of CO2 could (assuming a 10% reduction in emissions) have replaced 31% of the property tax or could have replaced 27% of the state sales tax.
carbon emissions
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  1. ^ From EPA, “State CO2 Emissions from fossil fuel combustion, 1990-2007”, linked from here
  2. ^ [[#cite_ref-2|^]] Used for conversion.
  3. ^ 2007 population from the U.S. Census Bureau, 1990 population from U.S. Census Bureau,
  4. ^ U.S. population of 301.6 million in 2007 from U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. carbon emissions of 5.757 billion tonnes (or 6.346 short tons) of CO2 from EPA's 2010 U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report
  5. ^ See state profiles from the EIA,
  6. ^ California's Environmental Protection Agency, Air Resources Board: Cap-and Trade,