A New Alliance on Climate Change

In an effort to compensate for the failure of central governments to address the dangers of climate change with comprehensive national policies, cities, states and regions have developed their own strategies to rein in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. California’s ambitious plan aims to reduce emissions 80 percent by 2050 by requiring cleaner cars, more energy-efficient buildings and renewable fuels. Nine northeastern states have joined in a regional trading program aimed at reducing power-plant emissions.

Now a Canadian province, British Columbia, has joined California, Oregon and Washington in a new regional scheme called the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy. The agreement is not legally binding and contains no new money, but the overall objective is to step up the adoption of clean energy and link carbon pricing plans. California, like the northeastern states, has a cap-and-trade program; British Columbia has had a carbon tax for five years. The governors of Oregon and Washington, both Democrats, are working on ways to price carbon, though they could face tough-going in their state legislatures.

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