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A Pacific Coast model for addressing climate change
A Pacific Coast model for addressing climate change

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, is wrapping up Friday after 12 days of negotiations on global carbon emissions. Yet, even as we work through the complexities of an international agreement, it would be a mistake to miss the extensive change that's already taking place here on North America's Pacific Coast. Last year, our four governments — the states of California, Oregon and Washington and the Province of British Columbia — reached a landmark agreement to align climate and energy strategies for 54 million Americans and Canadians. The Pacific Coast represents the world's fifth-largest economy, with a GDP of $2.8 trillion. By working...

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