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California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia sign accord on climate policy, clean energy


From the October 30, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published October 30, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor

The governors of California, Oregon and Washington and the premier of British Columbia on Oct. 28 signed a regional agreement to align their policies to reduce greenhouse gases and promote clean energy.

From left to right: British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the agreement on Monday. Photo source: California governor's office 

"California isn't waiting for the rest of the world before it takes action on climate change," said California Gov. Jerry Brown. "Today, California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia are all joining together to reduce greenhouse gases."

The pact, called the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, calls for the three states and the Canadian province to harmonize their 2050 targets for greenhouse gas reductions.

"I hope this can restart a national conversation, and hopefully action, on climate change," said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

Oregon has pledged to set a price on carbon emissions and Washington has pledged to set binding limits on carbon.

The three states and British Columbia agree to "support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's initiative to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and emphasize the importance of allowing state flexibility to design ambitious reduction programs within this regulation."

The agreement also sets a new goal for electric vehicles, aiming for 10 percent of all new cars and trucks in the region to be emissions-free by 2016.

 

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