Oregon And Washington Governors Agree To New Controls On Carbon Emissions

Oct 28, 2013

Governors John Kitzhaber of Oregon and Jay Inslee of Washington joined Gov. Jerry Brown of California and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark at a news conference in San Francisco. Together, they announced a shared set of goals for reducing carbon emissions in the region.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
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Their plan says Oregon will set a price on carbon emissions and Washington will set binding limits on carbon. California and British Columbia agreed to maintain their existing programs.

The leaders each agreed to adopt low-carbon fuel standards to reduce carbon emissions from transportation. They also set a target for zero-emission vehicles like electric cars to make up 10 percent of new vehicle purchases by 2016.

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