Governors from five western states join forces against global warming

on

Arizona governor Janet Napolitano said western states “are particularly hard-hit by the effects of climate change,” with recent droughts and worse-than-usual fire seasons.

“In the absence of meaningful federal action, it is up to the states to take action to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in this country,” said Napolitano, a Democrat.

Her Republican colleague, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, said a cap-and-trade program, which lets companies that can’t meet their emission reduction targets buy credits from those that reduce carbon dioxide, would provide “a powerful framework for developing a national cap-and-trade program. … This agreement shows the power of states to lead our nation addressing climate change.”

The agreement — called the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative — builds on earlier efforts by several states.

Related Posts

on

Leaders in the state’s environmental justice movement see signs their pressure is bringing accountability for both government and polluters.

Leaders in the state’s environmental justice movement see signs their pressure is bringing accountability for both government and polluters.
Opinion

This bold new mechanism is what’s needed to end fossil fuel-induced violence against women, natural resources, and the climate, argue two African peace activists.

This bold new mechanism is what’s needed to end fossil fuel-induced violence against women, natural resources, and the climate, argue two African peace activists.
on

Fossil fuel defendants in climate liability lawsuits keep losing in their bids to keep cases in federal courts.

Fossil fuel defendants in climate liability lawsuits keep losing in their bids to keep cases in federal courts.
on

Ohio’s “permissive” regulation of fracking waste injection wells threatens public health and the environment, a petition to the EPA says.

Ohio’s “permissive” regulation of fracking waste injection wells threatens public health and the environment, a petition to the EPA says.