In a new pact being announced at 4 pm PT, Governors of Washington, Oregon and California along with British Columbia’s Premier agreed that all four jurisdictions will account for the costs of carbon pollution and that, where appropriate and feasible, link programs to create consistency and predictability across the region of 53 million people. The leaders also committed to adopting and maintaining low carbon fuel standards in each jurisdiction.
Statement from Gregg Small, Executive Director of Climate Solutions, who is at the event in San Francisco with the executives, business and labor leaders:
“This action today shows what climate leadership looks like. The days of free and unlimited carbon dumping by polluters in our region are numbered and today’s commitment from the governors and Premier is a great market signal to that effect. We can and we must account for carbon pollution. That means both holding polluters accountable and elevating clean energy innovation. Pricing and limiting carbon and other greenhouse gases helps build a better competitive environment where we can scale clean, efficient solutions to climate change.“
Climate Solutions works to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides. For 15 years, Climate Solutions has pioneered the vision and cultivated political leadership in the Northwest for the proposition that clean energy and broadly shared economic prosperity can go hand-in-hand. Through its Business Leaders, New Energy Cities, Northwest Biocarbon Initiative and Sustainable Advanced Fuels programs, Climate Solutions builds a powerful constituency for local, regional and national action on climate and clean energy.