For Immediate Release
Craig Noble, 415/875-6103 or Eric Young, 202/289-2373
Western Climate Initiative Will Spur Energy Independence and Economic Growth, Says NRDC
Statement by Ned Farquhar, NRDC Mountain West Climate Advocate
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A new plan to reduce global warming pollution in seven western states and four Canadian provinces will help the region create a clean energy economy, while improving air quality and saving consumers money, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The plan – signed by Arizona, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec – will create a multi-state “cap and trade” program to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollution.