Friday, November 8, 2013

Climate protection pact signed by Pacific coast states and BC

San Jose Mercury News/Science/Paul Rogers, 10/29/13.  "Climate change pact signed by California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia."

US and Canada officials sign climate protection pact
"SAN FRANCISCO -- Saying that the West Coast must lead the way in battling climate
change, the governors of California, Oregon and Washington, along with a representative of the premier of British Columbia, signed an agreement Monday committing the Canadian province and the three states to coordinate global-warming policies.

Each state and the Canadian province promised to take roughly a dozen actions, including streamlining permits for solar and wind projects, better integrating the electric power grid, supporting more research on ocean acidification and expanding government purchases of electric vehicles."   Read article. 

Related - Tri City Herald/Associated Press/Jason Dearen, 10/28/13.  "California and British Columbia already have placed a price on greenhouse gas emissions — through cap-and-trade and a carbon tax, respectively — and have also already adopted clean fuel standards. .... Under terms of the agreement announced Monday, Oregon and Washington's governors are committing their states to move forward with similar policies, even though the legislatures of both states have denied previous attempts to adopt cap-and-trade. ....  California's efforts have not come without their challenges. The low carbon fuel standard is a key piece of California's landmark global warming law, AB 32, and is meant to cut the state's dependence on petroleum by 20 percent and account for one-tenth of the state's goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020."   Note:  photograph of British Columbia, Oregon, Washington and California officials by Marcio Jose Sanchez from this article.
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Posted by Kathy Meeh

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