Latest Western Climate Initiative Stories

2009-03-21 16:30:00

Many U.S. states plan to proceed with their own global warming emission control programs until the White House and Congress pass a credible federal market mechanism such as "cap-and-trade" to meet President Obama's targets for greenhouse gas cuts, Reuters reported. Obama's federal system environmental policy may overshadow regional markets that trade air pollution credits aimed at cutting emissions that heat the planet. The federal program might never happen, or be too weak to help reduce the...

2008-10-04 00:00:13

By Jeremy Duda A group of South Phoenix lawmakers hoping to change part of an environmental-damage settlement between the state and Honeywell may not find a receptive ear if they take their concerns to the Governor's Office. Gov. Janet Napolitano threw her support behind a provision in the settlement that called for Honeywell to put $1 million into the Western Climate Initiative, a collaborative effort between 11 Western U.S. states and Canadian provinces. The money that Honeywell gives...

2008-09-23 21:00:31

Seven Western U.S. states and four provinces in Canada have proposed a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, officials said. The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that the Western Climate Initiative would cut regional greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent below 2005 levels in the next 12 years. "We're sending a strong message to our federal governments that states and provinces are moving forward in the absence of federal action," said California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The plan...

2008-09-23 21:00:24

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Brad Jones of American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, +1-720-496-1675, bjones@cleancoalusa.org ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) today issued this statement in response to a regional cap and trade program recommended by the Western Climate Initiative (WCI): "ACCCE is concerned with the WCI's recommendations for design of a regional market-based cap-and-trade program. "Action...

2008-09-23 18:00:21

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Jesus Mena, +1-415-948-4220-c, jemena@edf.org or Derek Walker, +1-410-980-0939-c, dbwalker@edf.org, both of Environmental Defense Fund Regional Market Will Facilitate California's Implementation of Global Warming Solutions Act SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seven western states and four Canadian provinces in the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) issued their final recommendations today for the creation of a cap-and trade system to...

2008-07-24 18:00:54

By Michael Milstein, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 24--SALEM -- Your daily routine -- switching on a light, cooking a meal, driving down the street -- would generate less greenhouse gases under a first-of-its-kind regional strategy to curb global warming unveiled Wednesday at the Capitol. The strategy emerged from the Western Climate Initiative, an alliance of Western states -- including Oregon and Washington -- and Canadian provinces trying to jump ahead of any federal move to...

2008-07-19 12:00:28

As part of Ontario's request to join the 10 Western Climate Initiative partners, which includes Utah, officials with the Canadian province announced a Go Green Climate Change Plan that includes full closure of all coal plants by 2014. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty submitted the formal request Thursday. The coal plant closures are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 million tons annually, while other aspects of its plan includes renewable, clean energy investments and...

2008-06-18 09:01:07

By Libby Tucker Gov. Ted Kulongoski yesterday outlined his policy proposals for boosting energy efficiency, which he says will be the center of his climate change agenda in the 2009 Oregon Legislature. Topping the list of proposals is a goal for all new residential and commercial buildings to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The state will also consider requiring homes sold in Oregon to receive an energy performance certificate, a standard for measuring a home's energy...

2007-05-22 00:35:00

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah joined five other states and British Columbia on Monday in a pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, although details on how they will do it are incomplete. Gov. Jon Huntsman signed the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative and joined other governors in criticizing the federal government for failing to reduce emissions that contribute to global warming. "We're leading the charge. We're not waiting for Washington anymore. I suspect that Congress and Washington...

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