Some quick thoughts on the strengths and weaknesss of the big new climate agreement between CA, WA, OR and BC.http://www.alexsteffen.com/2013/10/pacific-coast-action-plan-on-climate-and-energy-the-good-and-the-bad/
THE GOOD: CLIMATE PRICING
The best part is right up front: “Account for the costs of carbon pollution in each jurisdiction.”
"Oregon will build on existing programs to set a price on carbon
emissions. Washington will set binding limits on carbon
emissions and deploy market mechanisms to meet those
limits. British Columbia and California will maintain their existing carbon-pricing programs. Where possible, California,
British Columbia, Oregon and Washington will link programs for
consistency and predictability and to expand opportunities to grow
the region’s low-carbon economy."
Climate pricing is an essential tool; working to strengthen and link all four programs could create one of the world’s most powerful climate pricing jurisdictions (If CA, WA, BC and OR were an independent nation, it would have an economy larger than most G20 members).