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Seven western US states and four Canadian provinces have agreed to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 15 percent before 2020. Proud of the Western Climate Initiative, Republican California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger asserted:

We’re sending a strong message to our federal governments that states and provinces are moving forward in the absence of federal action, and we’re setting the stage for national programs that are just as aggressive.

So how will Arizona, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec curb climate change? To find out,


The states and provinces will set a mandatory cap on greenhouse gas beginning in 2012. The cap will get smaller every year. All sectors of the economies, from transportation to housing to electricity, will be expected to cut and pay for emissions. Industries, however, will receive allowances for their emissions. One allowance will cover every metric ton of emitted heat-trapping gas, and allowances can be traded on a secondary market.

Are you happy to see the states coming up with climate change alliances, or would it be better if there was a united national plan?

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Jinx Jinx 8 years
I think this is very positive. Go Us!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Exactly Jude, it makes me proud to live in Washington.
luv_bug1211 luv_bug1211 8 years
Weird Manitoba is in on the list, which makes me happy, but i havent actually heard them announce any plans to be making this happen. Instead theyre talking about closing one of our main bridges to make it bigger so more cars can travel over it, and they want to put in a rapid transit system in that would only affect a small bit of the city. People are calling for a light rail system because Manitoba has hydro, and hydro is a renewable, cheaper, resource. Silly NDP.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Why aren't more states doing this? I agree with others here that this is at least good initiative, and a great example that some of these states and provinces are putting forth. Hopefully, their results will help the federal government come around and push this on a larger level. It can only go global from there! As for driving business out to other states -- it doesn't, at least not in California. Many of the corporations based here don't have the resources or workforce elsewhere to pick up and move...also, there are several companies that have already pledged to emissions reduction on their own merit, without state guidance.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
That picture of Ah-nuld scares me :faint:
CYL CYL 8 years
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Excellent. This kind of initiative makes me proud to live in California.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that in the long run there needs to be a united national plan, however there are a lot of states that aren't early adapters without proved results, so hopefully with these states signing on to do this - it'll jump start others to follow suit so that we can have a larger all encompassing plan.
stephley stephley 8 years
I think it's a good start - and could work to force the government to take action sooner rather than later.
Vespa Vespa 8 years
It's good that they're not relying on the feds, but aren't they worried about driving businesses to other states?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
This is great. We don't need to wait for the federal government to do everything for us.
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