WCI unveils steps to develop North American GHG trading program

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The Western Climate Initiative last week unveiled a set of concrete steps it is taking over the next year to link partner cap and trade programs. “At today’s public stakeholder meeting, the partners in WCI demonstrated a commitment to address climate change with a clear path towards a linked program to reduce greenhouse gases,” says James Goldstene, WCI co-chair. “This will create the largest carbon market in North America and provide a model that can guide future efforts to establish a creative roadmap for future national approaches in both Canada and the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

The steps are outlined at www.westernclimateinitiative.org/document-archives/Partner-Meeting-Materials/Jan-12-Stakeholder-Update-Presentation. “This marks a significant step forward in our efforts to fight climate change,” says Jim Whitestone, co-chair. “It will help clean the air, create new jobs and establish WCI as a leader in the effort to reduce our dependence on petroleum and move toward a clean energy future.”