West Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy

The US states of California, Oregon, Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia have signed a pact to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by putting a price on carbon. British Columbia’s Environment Minister Mary Polak discusses the agreement and how a carbon tax is working in the province with host Steve Curwood.  In a second story, Governor Jerry Brown tells host Steve Curwood that by joining up with neighboring states and British Columbia, California hopes to encourage the rest of the country to put a price on carbon.

Ken Kimmell observes that, “one of the lessons of environmental politics over the last number of years is that the states are way ahead of the federal government, and we’re seeing again an interest in the states leading the way as sort of laboratories of democracy.”

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Curwood S. West Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy.  National Public Radio: Living on Earth.  2013 November 1.  Available at http://www.loe.org/shows/shows.html?programID=13-P13-00044


  • This story about regional climate compacts has many parallels to the movement toward regional health system integration with multi-stakeholder, democratic stewardship.