U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Five Western States Agree to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
February 28, 2007
The governors of five western states—Arizona, California, New
Mexico, Oregon, and Washington—joined forces on February 26th to start a
new regional effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Western
Regional Climate Action Initiative directs the five states to develop
a regional target for reducing greenhouse gases within the next six
months. Over the next 18 months, the states plan to devise a market-based program to achieve the target, such as a cap and trade program.
The five states also have agreed to participate in a multi-state
registry to track and manage greenhouse gas emissions in their region,
and to continue their efforts to promote the development and use of
renewable energy and energy efficiency within the region.
The Western Regional Climate Action Initiative builds on existing
greenhouse gas reduction efforts in the individual states as well as
two existing regional efforts. In 2003, California, Oregon, and
Washington created the West Coast Global Warming Initiative, and in
2006, Arizona and New Mexico launched the Southwest Climate Change
Initiative. Each of the five states has also adopted or committed to
adopting state greenhouse gas reduction goals, mandatory emissions
reporting, and renewable energy requirements. See the combined governors' press release
(PDF 214 KB)
and the official Western Regional Climate Action Initiative
(PDF 59 KB)
on Washington Governor Chris Gregoire's Web site.
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