Media Statement and Leader Quotes: Pacific Coast Collaborative states/province commit to fighting climate change, growing their clean energy economies at COP 23 in Bonn

November 6, 2017: The governors of California, Oregon, Washington state and the environment minister from British Columbia will join world climate leaders for the twenty-third United Nations Conference of Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. These jurisdictions are members of the regional partnership called the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC), which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decarbonize the economy and build thriving sustainable communities through the adoption of clean energy policies, sharing of expertise and resources, and collective action.

As the Trump Administration moves to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and abandon the Clean Power Plan, the leaders of these West Coast governments are redoubling commitments to climate action to address one of the greatest threats of our time.

The devastating impacts of extreme weather, wildfires and ocean acidification on communities in California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia make it clear that there’s too much at stake – health, homes and livelihoods – to retreat now.

That’s why the Pacific Coast leaders will head to Bonn to expand collaboration with other jurisdictions and help drive meaningful and long-lasting changes in the building, electricity and transportation sectors. These efforts to get more electric vehicles on roads, improve the power grid, make buildings more efficient and advance renewable energy technology will help spur innovation, open up new markets, create jobs, attract investment and make communities more resilient for the future.

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